Norway Bow-And-Arrow Attack Sparks Gun Control Debate

Folks are debating gun control on social media this week in the wake of a mass killing in Kongsberg, Norway that left four women and one man dead.

The suspect used a bow and arrows to perpetrate the attack, giving credence to the pro-2A argument that guns don’t kill people, people kill people.  

In that vein, congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-CO) posted the following on Twitter: 

Many people critical of America’s right to keep and bear arms fired back in response, arguing that if the attacker had a firearm, the carnage might have been worse. Some pointed to mass killings in America as examples:

No sense in debating counterfactuals, that is what might have happened if so and so had this or so and so had that. The hard truth is that stopping evil in real-time is not easy.  But it’s damn near impossible if a society is completely disarmed. 

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This is true not only for individual acts of violence but especially true for coordinated and systematic attacks on a disfavored citizenry. When genocidal regimes come to power, for example, the havoc they wreak on the unarmed masses is nothing short of a humanitarian crisis.

As law professor David Kopel noted in a recent article in

The group did a good job of documenting how easy it was for the Islamist government in Sudan to use disarmement to perpetrate genocide against the African Darfuri tribes. Much of the killing was carried out by Arab gangs, the Janjaweed, who were armed by the Sudanese government. As AI reported, the majority of the Janjaweed had five or six guns per person. AI quoted a Darfuri villager: “none of us had arms and we were not able to resist the attack.” In the words of another villager, “I tried to take my spear to protect my family, but they threatened me with a gun, so I stopped. The six Arabs then raped my daughter in front of me, my wife and my other children.” Amnesty International, Sudan: Arming the Perpetrators of Grave Abuses in Darfur, Nov. 16, 2004.

Societies are stable and peaceful until suddenly they’re not. It’s precisely at that point that most realize that it’s better to live in a society that fully embraces gun rights and defensive carry than one that overtly infringes on one’s natural right to self-defense.

Hopefully, the people of Norway never have to find that out firsthand. But history has a funny way of repeating itself for those who refuse to learn from it.

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  • singleshotcajun October 19, 2021, 5:04 am

    To paraphrase part of a Monte Python sketch “But what if He’s got a pointed stick propelled by stored kinetic energy ? “

  • OldGrunt11B October 18, 2021, 11:52 am

    A bow is silent, if someone wanted to do something stupid like a mass killing they could empty a quiver.
    Before any organized response arrived.
    Yet libtards piss and moan about bad old gunzzzz……

  • krinkov545 October 18, 2021, 8:59 am

    No censorship on GunsAmerica. Move along sheep.

  • Captain Bob October 15, 2021, 7:30 pm

    The sad thing here is that our government KNOWS that it’s the PERSON, not the GUN but they promote and push that narrative bacause all the stupid Liberals believe their government knows all and support gun control.The government doesn’t care a bit about people being killed with guns or anything else. Their agenda is to disarm the citizens so that they can become a completley tyrannical government and face no resisitance.

    • Dano October 18, 2021, 6:14 am

      so if it is the person and not the gun why are so many of you tight wing nut jobs against background checks which limits access of bad people to acquire guns and actually works?

      • SofaKing1337 October 18, 2021, 7:46 am

        We are fine with background checks, infact every gun we buys goes through a background check performed by the federal government.

        We just don’t want that information saved after we have completed it.

        Yes some states still have personal sales, other states make you reform the personal sale in front of a dealer, so a check can be performed.

        And not every gun owner is a right wing nut job, yah giant clown.

      • Rick October 18, 2021, 7:51 am

        Dano…. because background checks don’t work. Criminals don’t do background checks. Only law abiding citizens obey laws. Why do so many of you left wing moonbats insist on something that doesn’t work?

  • Casey October 15, 2021, 1:00 pm

    Liberals and Democrats… Stop talking and just listen for once.

    This case is further proof that regardless of whether it’s a criminal or mentally unhinged person – if they are determined to harm others – they don’t need guns.

    Outlaw guns. They will use bows and arrows. Outlaw those and they will use sticks. Outlaw those and they will use spoons. Outlaw those and they will use legos.

    Do you get it yet? It’s not the ‘tool’ – it’s the user.

    If you want to be ‘woke’… Then Wake up to a real truth for a change!

    • Dano October 18, 2021, 6:20 am

      Maybe you should listen for once. Do you think our society is just more violent than Norway’s or others because the rate of people dying or being injured in US far exceeds those in other first world countries dying or being injured from bows and arrows, knives, sticks, spoons, and legos.

  • Boz October 15, 2021, 12:07 pm

    Lauren, IiberaIs DO understand that it’s not the gun, that it’s the person, they just don’t want us having any guns period. They don’t care about peopIe being abIe to protect themseIves. ln fact, that gets in the way of their uItimate agenda. We need to stop countering IiberaI’s anti-gun moves with, “weII, they are just misinformed and just don’t understand…”. They understand better than most think they do. They want to have guns to protect themseIves, they just don’t want us having them.

    • Dano October 18, 2021, 6:16 am

      Wrong. Most liberals actually support 2a, they just dont believe bad people should be able to so easily get guns.

      • Fatboy October 18, 2021, 11:05 am

        No, Draino, most liberals do not support the 2A unless it is subject to registration, confiscatory policies, red flag laws – in short, not at all. Their interpretation is that the 2A is not a private right, it us for hunting, and the militia means National Guard. We have nothing in common with the left wing nut jobs.

  • WuDanFu October 15, 2021, 10:08 am

    Albert Einstein said something like, I don’t know what weapons world war 3 will be fought with, but world war 4 will be fought with rocks and sticks…

  • Big Al 45 October 15, 2021, 9:10 am

    And he was ANOTHER Islamic convert, that was in the original media release.
    Not sorry, but that ‘religion’ breeds ‘martyrs’, plain and simple.

  • Michael October 15, 2021, 9:05 am

    I think this calls for mandatory quiver restrictions on arrows, and bow length. Red fog laws should apply also.

  • Let's go Brandon, FJB October 15, 2021, 7:03 am

    This only further proves how ignorant lefties are. Criminals are the problem not the guns, blades or bows/arrows, etc.

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