In response to the killings in Copenhagen last month — in which a culture-enriching “Danish” kinetic activist attacked a café and a synagogue — the Danish government has acted in a manner that is remarkably similar to the response of the state of Connecticut to the mass murder in Newtown in December 2012: it implemented a program of mass disarmament because of the actions of a single gunman.
In the Danish case, the order to disarm Hjemmeværnet (the Home Guard) wasn’t the result of legislation or action by the entire government, but the decision of a single general with socialist inclinations. As may be expected, parties on the Left support the order, while those on the Right tend to oppose it.
Below are excerpts from an article about the action from The Local:
Danish Home Guard to disarm after terror attack
Some 4,300 volunteer members of the Danish Home Guard are being told to disassemble their rifles in light of the fact that one of the weapons used in February’s shootings in Copenhagen was a stolen military rifle.
One of the weapons used in February’s terror attack in Copenhagen was an M95 rifle that had previously been stolen from the home of a Danish Home Guard (Hjemmeværnet) member.
As a result, the Home Guard has now decided that it will temporarily require all Home Guard members to turn in the bolts to their rifles, making them unable to be fired.
Over 4,300 volunteer members have a Home Guard issued weapon and they now have until March 30th to turn in their bolts, which will be stored in central depots across the country. The military service says it will then implement a long-term solution for dealing with members’ weapons.
“In light of the tragic events on February 14-15, 2015, the Home Guard is implementing these security measures until the Home Guard has found the proper solution,” Home Guard General Major Finn Winkler said in a statement.
In addition to being asked to disarm their rifles, the Home Guard members will also be subjected to periodic visits from controllers who will check that the weapons are stored safely and properly.
Prior to the new measures, members were already required to store their rifle and bolt separately behind lock and key. But thieves have managed to get their hands on the military weapons and one of the stolen rifles was used by Omar el-Hussein in the twin shootings that killed two men and injured six police officers in Copenhagen last month.
Our Danish correspondent Kepiblanc sends the following observations about the politics of disarmament in Denmark:
Well, Baron, this ain’t over till the fat lady sings.
Yes, people are outraged and the government just lost some 100,000 potential voters. However, it appears that the order came from one desktop general — a socialist, of course — who had not checked with his superiors. He is panicking and claims that the order is ‘temporary’ and that the bolts will be released when the current ‘terror threat’ is over (sic!). Maybe he knows something no one else does…?
Nevertheless the debate is furious. Many soldiers are handing in their — now useless — weapons and quitting the force. A rather stupid thing to do, since that is exactly what the socialists want. It’s better to threaten them with staying than to threaten leaving.
It isn’t so much a matter of weapons, though. Anyone can get a firearm without much effort, and the number of legal firearms in private homes is 750,000 as of 2013. That’s 15% of the populace. The greater issue here is the loss of social confidence and coherence. The Home Guard (or National Guard or ‘Territorial Army’) fulfills many civil tasks such as assisting the police, fire brigades and ambulance services. Whenever there is a major public event — rock concerts, market fairs, sports events etc. — or when natural disasters such as blizzards or floods strike, the force is in place helping the citizens.
So now the volunteers feel mistrusted — and with good reason. Stirring up this matter just now could very well be a shot in the present regime’s own foot. Some politicians from the right side have already smelled the smoke and are making this an issue in the upcoming elections. As the saying is right now: when other nations feel threatened they ramp up their preparedness; the Danes dismantle theirs…
By the way, it’s really bad timing from the socialist general: Today a brand new movie about the ‘short war’ — i.e. the Nazi attack on Denmark, April 9th 1940 — hits the screens. The movie is said to place the responsibility on the treacherous politicians of that time, who had almost disarmed our army and immediately surrendered to the Germans. They ordered the units in Southern Jutland to stop fighting, but the message did not reach some platoons who kept on. This resulted in 16 fatalities on the Danish side and 230 on the German. The platoons were ‘mobile’ on bicycles whereas the Nazis had armored vehicles and battle tanks!
On the other hand: I’ve not seen the movie yet, but if it’s anything like all other Danish movies — and American ones — I guess the soldiers are the bad guys and the enemy the good…
We’ll see… The movie trailer is here.
It ain’t over…
Hat tip for the article: Fjordman.