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US Retailer Supplied Norwegian Killer with Ammunition Magazines

US Retailer Supplied Norwegian Killer with Ammunition Magazines

 

Accused Norwegian gunman Andrew Behring Breivik acquired high-capacity gun clips from the United States, according to Politico via an article on Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.  Sixty-eight people died after Breivik opened fire last Friday on the island of Utøya. Jared Loughner, who wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), killed 6 and wounded several in Arizona in January, used similar 30-round clips; only when he stopped to reload was he subdued, notes Think Progress. In the wake of the shootings in Tucson, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) has reintroduced HR 308 several times in Congress; the bill would prohibit the manufacture, sale or transfer of high-capacity gun magazines, says MSNBC. Such high-capacity magazines have been available for purchase in the US since a federal assault weapons ban expired in 2004.

In the 1500-page “manifesto” that Breivik posted online, he noted that he had purchased 10 30-round ammunition magazines from a U.S. supplier who sent the devices to him in the mail, according to CBS News. While he could have purchased the high-capacity magazines in Sweden, Breivik wrote that it was cheaper to acquire them from the US; he spent $550.00 USD for ten clips.

Not only are the weapons available for sale from the US; the US sells them at a “more affordable” price.

As Rep. McCarthy said to Politico:

“There should be a lot of shame. We’re sending a death warrant to other parts of the world. … Unfortunately now, internationally, it’s known that you can get here, buy your guns, buy your large magazines, and you’re not going to have any problem.”

McCarthy says that she currently has 109 Democratic co-sponsors for HR 308 though it is unlikely to pass the Republican-majority House.

Dennis Henigan, the acting president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said simply that America’s gun laws are endangering the world:

“It now appears that not even Norwegian children at a youth camp are safe from the battlefield firepower so easily available in America. Large-capacity assault clips are instruments of mass killing, yet federal law leaves them completely unregulated.”

The NRA did not offer an immediate comment to McCarthy’s statement. Noting that members of the NRA have said high-capacity magazines are needed for “self-defense,” ThinkProgress points out that some NRA members have “have disagreed with that argument”, commenting that an NRA member has said “If ten rounds of ammunition can’t do the job you probably shouldn’t own a gun.”

Mother Jones lists ten mass shootings in which high-capacity gun clips were used, including the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting — 33 dead, 17 wounded; the 1999 Columbine High shooting — 15 dead, 23 wounded; and the 1993 Long Island Railway shooting — 6 dead, 19 wounded, with McCarthy’s husband among those killed and her son among the injured.

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9:20AM PST on Dec 15, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

7:26PM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

They often seem to be the supplier....

11:43PM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

Who was the originator of such a strong obsessive fear that makes so many people feel the absolute need to have and carry weapons? Who perpetuates this fear? Why?

Munitions is big business. The greater the sales the more profit! Wars generate huge wealth for the armament manufacturers who in turn support selected politicians who in turn repay the favors of the armament manufacturers. It's all about the money with no thought given innocent people who die everyday because some idiot was sold a weapon.

We live in an increasingly violent culture (games, movies, music). I am profoundly saddened and horrified when I hear little children playing killing games in the school grounds/parks etc. What kind of adults will these children become? Adults who have value life so little and who are desensitized to murder. We have become a truly 'throw away' society to the point of throwing away life. How did we let this happen?

10:37PM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

Yeah, and they were in on the conspiracy. Please. Let's not create a "news story" where there is none.

6:51AM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Whoops- sorry for dbl-post- was editing- did not know it posted twice...

6:50AM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Ruth- I know Ameer was right- I said that- that parts of a govt might do such a thing, but NOT LEGAL gun owners. And your insistance that guns can never be used as defense machines has been proven wrong thousands of times & by at LEAST one girl, I know personally. MANY people have used guns as self-defense & not even had to fire their weapon. But liberal gun-grabbing ninnies won't publish articles like these. And self defense training is great, but what about those who cannot do it as well as someone who can attack them, OR older & weaker people, etc...? There is always someone tougher & they often have weapons. I can't believe ANYONE would say that "Guns and all weapons are attack machines - not defence by any stretch of the imagination." That's the most ridiculous anti-gun statement I've ever seen & is a bold-face lie. Guns are tools used for defense &/or simple target practice MUCH more often than attack. I guess since so many people have been intentionally run over, that you are scared of automobiles too... Most guns will never be pointed at anything but targets (thankfully) & just b/c some idiot gets ahold of one, is no reason to blame legal gun owners. Don't be a fool & spread American gun control b/c someone in NORWAY was a POS!

That's what bugs me about this- some POS attacks people in NORWAY & people blame US gun owners. That is some AMAZING logic! I'm just tired of everyone blaming every bad thing that ever happens on my count

6:45AM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Ruth- I know Ameer was right- I said that- that a govt might do such a thing, but NOT LEGAL gun owners. And your insistance that guns can never be used as defense machines has been proven wrong thousands of times & by at LEAST one girl, I know personally.AND moreover, MANY people have used guns as self-defense & not even had to fire their weapon..But you have to look for those articles b/c liberal gun-grabbing ninnies won't publish articles like that. And self defense training is great, but what about those who cannot do it as well as someone who can attack them, OR, older people who cannot fight anymore, etc...? There is always someone tougher &/or who has some sort of weapon. I cannot believe that ANYONE can say (w/a straight face) that "Guns and all weapons are attack machines - not defence by any stretch of the imagination." That takes the cake for the most ridiculous anti-gun statement I've ever heard b/c it's obviously a bold-face lie. They are tools used for defense &/or simple target practice MUCH more often than for attack. You're obviously scared of them- fine- leave them alone, but don't be stupid enough to leave them for criminals w/no one else being able to gain access to defend themselves. Yes, there it is again- DEFENSE! I guess since so many people have intentionally ran people over w/their cars, that you are scared of automobiles too... Most guns will never be pointed at anything but targets (thankfully) & just b/c some idiot gets ahold of

6:09AM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Sorry to much to say... Continuation and end...

Being hunted out and severely castrated for the remainder of their lives would cause many a potentially sexual deviant to think twice.

Instead we have deviant Governments and high-powered financial and other backers, who kowtow to deviant sexual behaviour - with the provision of women etc. We could go on and on.

Unless and until each human being has the greatest of respect for every other human being - we will find all manner of idiots and deviants..... and the clowns who tend to support them.

6:03AM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Robbie,
Ameer was quite right in his comment on the cynical audacity - particularly of US Munitions and Ammunitions Companies (GB included) and the cynical Governments who support these Companies and the nice little tax streams coming from them - for their provision of guns to one side - such as Iran and then to Iraq - nice profits there - then encourage the wars between such as these. Ooooh glee, even more profits and taxes!!!!!
Freud may be right or may be wrong as to a fear of weapons - I am not so sure!!!

BUT ONE THING WE ARE ALL AFRAID OF - IS THE IDIOTIC PEOPLE WHO MANAGE TO GET HOLD OF SUCH WEAPONS.

And the clowns who continue to insist that guns/weapons are in some way a defence - NOT EVER, NOT EVEN CLOSE!!

Guns and all weapons are attack machines - not defence by any stretch of the imagination.

Guns and weapons appearance may cause an intending Assailant to pause - COLD WAR for example - but will NEVER STOP an idiot from continuing an attack.

And as for rape and women - all women - in every country - should be taught self defence at a very early age and how to sort out the animals who attempt to attack them. Similarly men should be taught. And ALL Governments should and MUST impose the harshest punishments, on those animals found guilty of sexual deviation against either sex. Particularly those who damage our youngsters.

Being hunted out and severely castrated for the remainder of their lives would cause many a potentially sexual deviant to thi

10:01PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

This whole thing is just SO typical. I wondered how long it'd take for someone to blame the US for what a person did in Norway & turn it into a gun control debate! How pathetic! Liberal gun-grabbers will use any excuse to scapegoat guns, but will NEVER give credit when a person uses a gun for something good.

Noel- no offense, but those are some of the poorest typed, most pathetically reasoned, moral-busy-body, gun-grabbing posts I've ever seen. Have you ever shot a gun? Have you ever even HELD one? Have you ever been raped or known anyone who has? Have you ever known a girl who was raped once, then saved herself from a 2nd rape (years later) by shooting her POS attacker? (I dated a girl this happened to). Have you ever been beaten, car-jacked, kidnapped, or even had someone try any of the above? You say "...leave it to the proffessionals"??? You mean, like the "proffessionals" of Operation Fast & Furious!? Please, go learn something.


A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual & emotional maturity.
-Sigmund Freud

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