My next few posts will be on Gun Control and the U.N. Small Arms Treaty. Larry Bell wrote an article in Forbes that I will post next, verbatim. It is an excellent post and should give people an eye opening shiver when they start to understand what is really going on around them. This post on the other hand is just a taste of what frequently happens in “Gun Free Zones”. Gun control advocates just don’t seem to understand this or they choose to ignore the facts. Putting your head in the sand, singing “Kumbayah”, and wearing their rose colored glasses doesn’t make the world we live in any safer. I for one, will NEVER give up my right to protect myself or my family regardless of what the laws are. So without further delay, let’s begin.
-= Jeff =-
On Friday, July 23rd, a 32-year old Norwegian man set off a car bomb at government buildings in Oslo, killing seven, then took his firearms to an island summer camp and shot everyone he could find. He was able to shoot unhindered for about 90 minutes.
OSLO — When a man dressed in a police uniform began slaughtering young people at a Norwegian summer camp last week, one of the first to be killed was a real police officer named Trond Berntsen, who for years had worked in security at the camp.
… facing a man carrying multiple guns and ample ammunition, there was little he could do. Like most other police officers here, he had no weapon.
By law, Norwegian police officers must have authorization from their chief to gain access to a firearm…
[The] death toll, which was lowered Monday to 76 from 93, there are growing questions about whether the police are equipped to deal with the challenges.
It took police SWAT units more than an hour to reach the camp, on Utoya Island, after reports of the shooting came in. Officers had to drive to the shore across from the site of the shooting attack, and use boats to get to the island. A police helicopter was unable to get off the ground; news crews that reached the island by air could only watch as the gunman continued the massacre.
Anne Holt, Norway’s former justice minister, told the BBC: “That makes him a person that killed one person every minute. If the police had actually been there just a half an hour earlier, then 30 young lives would have been saved.”
Comment from a writer from in the UK:
Perhaps the rest of the world is scared of turning into the USA. We dont want armed police, armed citizens, or anyone else armed for that matter. There are no valid excuses for civilians to hold firearms. NONE.
Comment from a writer in Oslo:
The norwegian police is doing a great job, yes there aren`t enough police officers, but that is not to blaim on the department. And I think that if we let the police go armed every day that will increase the crimerate.
The Norwegian killings are reminiscent of the 1987 Hungerford, England massacre, that killed 16, including the killer’s mother and wounded at least 15 others. The first killing occurred around 12:30 in the afternoon outside of town. In the town of Hungerford, he shot at residents, unmolested for the next four hours, until he killed himself while holed up in a local school. One of the early murders was the local constable. After that, local police did not intervene, and waited for the arrival of the armed, special tactics unit from London.
My point here is that there are crazed individuals that kill without warning, in any country, no matter the culture or the gun control laws. Most European countries believe they are safer with restrictive gun possession, even by the police. While this may make them feel safer, they will be vulnerable when the deranged killer arrives with his guns. We have been warned of this here time and time again. If nothing else, take from this that “gun-free zones” are the preferred venues for mass murderers. There will be no excuse for being unprepared when the next mass murders occur here again. And again.