“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms.” – James Madison
My prayers go out to the families and survivors of the awful tragedy in Norway. If you just returned from visiting another planet, a unopposed madman executed 77 innocent men, women, and mostly children in and near Oslo, Norway. Of that number, 8 died when Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb in front of a Norwegian government building in downtown Oslo, then proceeded to a youth camp on a small island and killed 69, mostly children, while wounding more children over the course of over an hour. Yes, I said that the madman was able to execute children for over an hour without opposition. That’s the point of this post.
Massad Ayoob, a rock star amongst firearms trainers and experts, wrote a short and to-the-point post on the situation. The take-away quote about the Norway massacre:
Proving once again that “gun free zones” are places where only those who laugh at the law will be armed…“zones” that might better be called hunting preserves for psychopathic killers.
That pretty well sums it up the story in Norway. By law, no one on Utoeya Island was armed. Norway, although possessing a long and proud hunting history, has onerous gun laws which strictly limit the types and numbers of firearms that can be owned. The laws prohibit concealed carry by civilians – there’s not even a provision for it. Norway is a soft target full of sitting ducks.
Of course, the psychopath didn’t care about the law. He primarily used an automatic weapon which is prohibited for civilian ownership. Well, by those that care about the laws anyway. For reasons that go beyond the purpose of this post, it took the police over an hour to respond to the island after their first notification of the situation. Over an hour! Mr. psychopath, knowing that there was no possibility of armed opposition, simply walked unmolested around the island shooting children for over an hour, killing 69. When seconds counted, the police were only hours away. Some kids drowned as they tried to swim off the island while the madman picked them off. Cal Thomas rightly asked and observed:
Would Anders Behring Breivik have thought twice about his killing spree if he had known in advance that someone would shoot back? That is impossible to know. But if someone on Utoeya Island had returned fire, there’s a possibility that far fewer would have been killed.
History shows us that psychotic active shooters like Breivik are cowards. He, morons like the Columbine shooters, Cho Seung-Hui of Virginia Tech, and all others who prey on the innocent do so only in free killing zones, also known as gun-free zones. As soon as opposition shows up, active shooters with very few exceptions either kill themselves or surrender without a fight as Breivik did – while the very late opposition was still some 50 yards away! Cowards through and through.
Although not the point of this post, you can read about the emergency response buffoonery here. Yet, the Norwegian police defended their response as being “as fast as possible.” Here’s the unbelievable assessment from Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg:
So far we have not seen anything that didn’t work as expected or planned” in the police operation.
Really? The lack of helicopter or appropriate boats was planned? A 90-minute free-fire zone for a psychopath was planned? So, what do they plan to change for the future then? How will they protect the children of Norway from psychopaths, including Islamic terrorists who have inevitably taken note of the soft target? Norway’s enlightened leadership is on the case. According to Fabian Stang, Mayor of Oslo:
I don’t think security can solve problems. We need to teach greater respect.
Really? Mr. Stang has given new meaning to “burying one’s head in the sand.” With that kind of genius, perhaps we should send Mr. Stang to Khost to negotiate with the Taliban for women’s rights. Or, he could learn the truth from the obviously wiser Cal Thomas, who correctly observed:
If Norway can be a site for terror, is there a safe place on Earth? The answer is no. There are no “safe” places; no one can be 100 percent safe.
When seconds count, only those on site at that instant can make a difference. An immediate armed response is the only action that makes a difference in an active shooter situation. We’ve seen this in Pearl, MS, and at the Appalacian Law School, where quick intervention proved decisive. The alternative is more pine boxes for the disarmed victims of madmen. How many innocents have to die before we learn the lesson? Disarming the law-abiding only creates open killing zones for those bent upon evil. Nature itself teaches us that we must always be prepared to defend ourselves and our families from those that would do us harm:
“This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty…. The right of self defense is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.” – St. George Tucker
We learned this yet again in Norway on July 22, 2011, and again at the price of our children’s blood.