Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Gun policy and the July 23 massacre in Norway
STOCKHOLM — In the Nordic countries, where hunting is popular and firearms are plentiful, the twin July 22 attacks that killed 77 people in Norway have spurred lawmakers to consider tighter gun laws.
But change will not come without resistance in a region where hunting is viewed by many as a cultural heritage passed down from Viking ancestors, and sport shooting is a favourite pastime.
Finland, which has one of the world's highest gun ownership rates at 1.5 million firearms for 5.3 million people, has reopened the debate on arms control just two months after new, stricter laws raised the firearm licence age from 15 to 20 for short weapons and 18 for hunting guns.
I wonder how no one of the Norwegian folk who are living around the island where the massacre took place didn't think to take his or her gun and go out and check what is going on. I'm talking about folk with licensed guns of course.
The easy thing to do is to tight gun control, it is cheap and convenient. We all know that criminals and terrorists are applying for gun permits before executing their crimes and we are all sure that a harder gun control will stop them of using guns....
Wake up, the bad guys will get any type of gun if they need it. You will be surprised to know how easy it is to smuggle guns into the Nordic countries, not to mention explosives, you don't even need to carry it on you.
so instead of making law abiding citizen's lives harder, lets start with some firearms education so folk who have guns will know how to use them when their community is under attack.
Posted by branwynn at 10:22 PM