“Our thoughts go to the whole of the Jewish community today,” Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt announced after a lone gunman shot and killed a Jew named Dan Uzan, an unarmed volunteer guarding a bat mitzvah ceremony. “They belong in Denmark, they are strong part of our community. And we will do everything we can to protect the Jewish community in our country.” Heads-up Sons of Israel: when a terrorist strikes, the Danish police are only minutes away. That said, they did manage to eliminate the threat. But not before . . .
In the first attack, a gunman with an automatic weapon killed one person and wounded three police officers at a cafe. Danish media identified the deceased as film director Finn Norgaard, 55.
The free-speech event was also attended by Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who is known for provocative drawings, including a 2007 cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad that led to threats against the 68 year old.
The French ambassador to Denmark, Francois Zimeray, also attended the discussion. Both were unharmed in the shooting.
Just a quick reminder of Denmark’s highly restrictive gun laws [via gunpolicy.org]
– In Denmark, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law.
– In Denmark, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted only with special authorisation
– Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Denmark are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example, hunting, target shooting, collection
– Licensed firearm owners in Denmark are permitted to possess only ammunition suitable for the intended firearm
I guess Danish Jews and political satirists (and the rest of the country’s disarmed population) are left hoping Denmark’s gun laws will prevent future terrorist attacks. You know, better than they did in this case. Maybe they should try making it even tougher for law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. Yeah, that’ll work! Or not . . .