Ferryman Jon Olsen testified at the trial of Anders Behring Breivik’s that the Norwegian spree killer stepped aboard his boat dressed as a cop. At some point during the journey to Utøya island, Captain Olsen asked Breivik to hide his Ruger Mini-14 so as not to scare the children on the island’s summer camp. Breivik covered the gun in a plastic bag. The killer told Olsen he was going to the camp to protect it after a terrorist attack on Oslo; a bomb attack he’d launched just hours earlier. They landed and all hell broke loose . . .
Olsen even helped Breivik with his bags on arrival at the island of Utoeya, only to watch him unwrap the gun and shoot Olsen’s girlfriend Monica point-blank, starting a killing spree that claimed the lives of 69 people, most of them teenage campers.
The Reuters report touches on the reasons behind Breivik’s murderous mayhem and the police’s failure to arrive on scene in a timely manner. Blink and you’ll miss an important piece of information:
Olsen said he and his girlfriend had thought the summer camp an inviting target for a terrorist attack.
“We had talked about that, Monica and I, how that could happen,” he said. “Gaddafi had said he would send terrorists … I thought he (Breivik) was sent from Libya.”
Which raises a number of important questions:
– Why didn’t the Ferryman question Breivik more closely? Did he ask Breivik for ID?
– Why were all the responsible adults on the island unarmed? (No prizes for guessing.)
– Why didn’t someone call for an actual police presence on the island after the bomb attack?
– Why didn’t the island camp have some kind of lockdown drill and emergency plan in place?
As we predicted, the issue of self-defense won’t get a look in at Breivik’s trial. Truth be told, gun free zones are killing fields for active shooters. Always have been. Always will be.