Shooting “Un-Dutch”

As if they are supposed to somehow be immune to the predations of whack jobs:

Dutch churches held memorial services for the victims on Sunday as the media analysed the “un-Dutch” nature of the shooting, which they said was more common in countries like the United States.

“An un-Dutch drama,” the NOS public broadcaster labelled the killing.

But disaster management professor Eelco Dykstra told the station: “This type of thing can happen anywhere.”

If one counted the number of mass shootings proportional to country size, Europe “is more affected than America,” he said.

They seem surprised their gun laws didn’t work. To tell the truth, if there was any type of crime one would think gun control would have any logical possibility of stopping, it would be this type. Unlike gang members, mobsters, and drug dealers, random whack jobs aren’t likely to have too many black market connections, and one would think are more likely to need to rely on legal channels. But yet we have seen this is not necessarily the case. It happens countries with very strict gun laws, as in Brazil, Germany, and now the Netherlands.

Nonetheless, my prediction is that the Dutch will restrict firearms even further, and pretend to have dealt with the problem. The mass delusion that these laws work will continue until the next incident, when the ratchet will be tightened even further.

7 thoughts on “Shooting “Un-Dutch””

  1. Here’s an interesting quote from an article about the recent mall shooting in the Netherlands:

    “Gun permits are difficult to obtain, but illegal automatic weapons and ammunition are frequently seized during drug busts.” (

    Wow, illegal automatic weapons being possessed by drug dealers in the land of tulips and windmills – who would have thought? Also, isn’t the Netherlands supposedly where they don’t have much drug-related crime, all because people can freely buy and sell pot in certain parts of Amsterdam?

  2. Don’t know if it’s true, but one of the press reports I’ve read said that he had licenses for several guns, including the full auto he used. And that questions were being asked about how that came to pass, especially since he’d had some trouble in the past.

  3. There’s only two things I hate in this world. People who are intolerant of other people’s cultures and the Dutch!

    I’m sorry, it needed to be said :)

  4. “To tell the truth, if there was any type of crime one would think gun control would have any logical possibility of stopping, it would be this type. ”

    It hasn’t worked in China. So long as there are matches, gasoline, knives, rocks, and or hammers there will be mass murder. I wrote a comment to Joan Peterson a while back about establishing “hammer control” and I googled and posted a couple of dozen cases of “hammer violence”. There was an overwhelming number of results, including a few sick freaks from the Ukraine who killed something like 18 people with a hammer.

  5. I read the Daily Mail story story at the link provided by John A in post #4 above. What I found just a bit unclear from this Daily Mail story was whether or not any of the seized guns are actual functioning firearms, or just deactivated firearms, or realistic replicas of firearms.

    Anyway, several comments left on this same Daily Mail story have keenly pointed out that the English defendant in this story, a 42-year-old man who sold grocery produce for his livelihood, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison just for possessing these guns, which is a prison sentence more than twice as long as what many other English convicts have typically received for crimes such as manslaughter, rape, and sex crimes against children. The hysteria over firearms and other inanimate objects in the United Kingdom continues on and on, apparently…

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