Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Dutch mall shooting

On 09 April a 24 year old Dutchman entered a busy shopping mall in Alphen, the Netherlands - took out an automatic weapon and randomly fired over a 100 rounds around him. He then shot himself in the head. Six other people died on the spot.

These are stories we expect to come from the USA, where anyone over 18 can buy a shotgun or rifle.
The Netherlands have tough firearms regulations. The young man was member of a shooting club and was licensed to posses 3 firearms, but only single-shot arms.  Furthermore, he had been in contact with the judiciary as a teenager and was known to have been suicidal in the past. The question now is: why had his license not been revoked?

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