New Gun Love
Despite Germany's strict weapons laws, the number of firearms is increasing. Is this fascination with shooting part of our nature? Our reporters meet scientists, weapons advocates and opponents, and even get to pull the trigger.
For a long time, two world wars and a strong peace movement shaped Germany's lack of enthusiasm for rifles and pistols. But now experts are observing a rethink. Lasertag, Paintball and Airsoft are popular leisure activities. Using fake weapons as a hobby has been in vogue for several years. And more and more people are getting gun licenses. "More hunters than ever before," says the German Hunting Federation. Clubs say shooting promotes young people's ability to concentrate and firearms can be found in more and more households. What are the motives for people to take up arms? A team of reporters travels through Germany and Switzerland to explore the allure of firearms. They meet scientists, weapons advocates and opponents, and even pull the trigger themselves.