Since straightforward logic so often fails the feelings-based arguments of the left, they often resort to the manipulation of language and statistics as an attempt to support their flawed positions.
Unfortunately, as multiple recent tragedies in Europe have shown, their favor of gun-grabbing is not only off the mark but more likely to put individuals at risk.
A 22-year-old Danish man reportedly entered a shopping mall in Copenhagen, Denmark Sunday where he was said to have opened fire with a rifle. According to the Associated Press, the suspect killed three including a 47-year-old Russian man and a Danish boy and girl, both 17. Four others were critically injured but reported as in stable condition.
A frantic scene inside a #Copenhagen shopping mall after several people were shot today. Copenhagen police said that one person has been arrested in connection with the shooting at the Field’s shopping mall, which is close to the city’s airport. #Denmark pic.twitter.com/nQe2qYDLCf
— Shaquille Omari (@shaq_omari) July 3, 2022
NEW – Copenhagen Police Chief says several people have been killed following a shooting at Field's shopping mall in the Danish capital earlier today‼️‼️
Police says "a 22-year-old Dane" had been arrested‼️☝😳🙏👇👇 pic.twitter.com/C3E9YEwVyC
— Sophia Dahl (@sophiadahl1) July 3, 2022
Copenhagen chief police inspector Søren Thomassen stated, “There is nothing in our investigation, or the documents we have reviewed, or the things we have found, or the witnesses’ statements we have gotten, that can substantiate that this is an act of terrorism,” though he admitted that the motives were unknown.
What was known, after progressives in the United States had rammed the Safer Communities Act through Congress with the support of establishment Republicans to fund red flag laws, was that the suspect was known to mental health services and according to the restrictive gun laws in Denmark, he should not have had access to a firearm.
There is no right to private gun ownership in Denmark and citizens are required to establish a genuine reason to possess one which could include hunting or collecting. Danish law also requires a background check to review criminal history and the mental health of the applicant. A registry is maintained of civilians licensed to possess and sell firearms and ammunition.
My heart goes out to the victims of the mass shooting in Copenhagen.
Gun laws are incredibly strict in Denmark, but yet this shooting occurred.
You can’t legislate away evil.
— Dr. Terry Namkung (@TerryNamkung) July 3, 2022
This incident is being reported as the worst gun attack in Denmark since February 2015 when a 22-year-old was killed in a shootout with police that left two dead and five police officers wounded. That tragedy was believed to have been motivated by Islamic extremism.
This incident happened a week after a mass shooting in Norway where the suspect described as “a Norwegian man of Iranian origin” opened fire at an LGBTQ festival, killing two and wounding more than 20. That suspect also suffered mental health conditions “including paranoid schizophrenia, PTSD and ‘delusions,'” according to the Daily Mail.
The same legal framework for gun ownership in Denmark applies in Norway.
The Second Amendment is often used as a foil in the argument that mass shootings are worse in the United States than anywhere else in the world, or that they only happen here. Yet, neither argument is true. In fact, data collected from 2009-2015 showed the U.S. was ranked 11 with a mean annual death rate of 0.089 per million from “Mass Public Shootings” compared to the worst nation, Norway, at 1.888 per million.
Furthermore, America had demonstrated a downward trajectory on these incidents through 2018 when it had fallen to 64 on the list of the number of attacks per 100,000 people ranked per capita. What’s more, while the data reflects that the United States is not the only place in the world where guns are used for violence, the conflation of mass shootings and gun deaths has misrepresented the facts and disregarded the reality that defensive firearm use far out measures the number of incidents of gun violence.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was right to say, “It is incomprehensible. Heartbreaking. Pointless. Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second.” But further restrictions on the people to defend themselves would likely not have prevented what happened.
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