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What Can the US Learn From Norway's Gun Laws?

Kera News (USA)

16 June 2016

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Nearly five year ago, Anders Breivik carried out two attacks in Norway, taking 77 lives.

Breivik's massacre began on July 22, 2011, with a car bomb in Oslo that killed eight people. Later that day, using a semi-automatic rifle, he went on a shooting rampage on the island of Utoya, killing another 69 people, most of whom were young campers…

"The main question we asked ourselves is, 'Is he a madman, or is he a political terrorist?'" Seierstad says. "Those are two different things."

Oslo District Court ruled that Anders Breivik was a political terrorist and sentenced him to the maximum prison term allowable in Norway: 21 years in prison, with the possibility of an extension. The court found that Breivik was sane and responsible for the 77 murders, even though he had been diagnosed with a mental illness.

"He got the diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder, but that doesn't exempt you from being punished," Seierstad explains. "You're still accountable for your crime. You know what you did, you knew you had a choice, you knew you could stop…"

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