Here's a new report on the Cologne attacks:
Two related observations:
i) People who criticize the American gun culture like to say "Why not just call the police?"
How well did that work out in Cologne? Apparently, the police were afraid to use force, so the assailants didn't take them seriously. Why should they? German police are paper tigers.
ii) From what I've read, Germany has very strict gun control laws. It's a model of what gun-control advocates in the US would like to see here.
Imagine how different the situation in Cologne might have been that night had the law allowed women to be armed. If the muggers and molesters knew that German women might be packing heat, that could have a significant deterrent value.
And not just a deterrent value. It can back that up with lethal force if need be.
It wouldn't be necessary for all or even most German women to be armed. The question a prospective assailant needs to ask himself is whether he wants to find out the hard way which women are armed. Even if it's random, do you want to take the risk?
But of course, German law disarmed their women, leaving them defenseless. That's the "ideal" situation that gun-control advocates in this country envision.
The Cologne attacks represent the perfect storm of liberal policies. Bad immigration policy, bad gun laws, and timid police.