That’s a good point…

…accusations of insensitivity notwithstanding:

The attacks in Norway have recently opened a whole new front on gun debates. Not one person on that island where youths were gunned down was allowed by Norwegian law to carry a handgun to protect themselves or others — hence the high death rate. Had someone been carrying a concealed weapon, perhaps the deaths of many innocents could have been stopped.

There are those who say it’s unfair and borderline mean to criticize Norwegians for the outcome of the shootings, and considering their culture it might well be. But that shooting still holds valuable lessons. The fact remains that the shooter (whose name I can’t remember right offhand) still walked into a target-rich environment because of the Norwegian gun laws. And the outcome was exactly the same as it was at Virginia Tech in 2007, in the Luby’s in Killeen in 1993, and at Fort Hood in 2009. It should be noted that the Luby’s shooting was the catalyst for Texans finally getting their right to carry recognized, though it took getting rid of Governor Ann Richards for it to become reality finally. As far as I know that’s the only instance of a mass shooting resulting in more permissive gun laws, and it took place in one of the more pro-gun states, one with an entirely different culture than Norway’s. So I don’t see them loosening their gun laws anytime soon in response to this. And the point about their culture is a valid one, but I don’t see how that makes their gun laws any less wrong. Norwegians aren’t any less deserving of the right to self-defense than Texans, are they?

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2 Responses to “That’s a good point…”

  1. Sabra Morse Onstott Says:

    I am fairly certain you could walk into a summer camp full of American teenagers and face no more guns. The age of the victims is what made them such a good target.

  2. mattexian Says:

    I’d say the culture/mentality of the victims is what contributed (they were at a Labour Party (read: Socialist) summer camp, after all; they’re used to the .gov doing everything for them), coupled with the amazingly slow police response time.

    I’m shocked that some of his victims ran up to him, thinking he was their savior, due to him wearing a SWAT-style police uniform. I’ve read online of the youths at the camp capturing him, by distracting him and dog-piling him, but I’ve found no other mentions of this; everything reports that he surrendered to the police when they arrived and that he had run out of ammo.

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