John: Seems like the pace of these incidents is going to have some political consequence. The Merkel government can't credibly keep minimizing these events, calling them 'one-off' or the act of a mad man. There is a clear thread here, and it is about middle-eastern Muslim immigrants/refugees. You can't avoid that fact. Each outrage builds on the last, fueling public anger. And the extra insult to the German people is that they are not permitted to defend themselves, as they can't be trusted with firearms. But it seems the government can't protect them either. Something's gotta give.