Sadness and Fear in Norway

Just when something positive and happy occurs, halfway around the world, something tragic happened.

On 22 July, some madman armed to the teeth, bombed the Prime Minister's building in Oslo, then showed up at a camp in Utøya, a small island in the Tyrifjorden Lake in Norway that had 600 Norwegian kids there and shot at least 68 (dead) and injured many more. The shooter, Anders Behring Breivik, is a rabidly conservative, anti-immigration activist. He opened fire on children... to what end? How is this going to fix or solve anything? Why do people think violence is the answer to anything? I'm terribly disappointed in the human race sometimes. This is one of those times.

I don't know what the Norwegian government will do with this nutter, but I hope they will at the very least lock him up and throw away the key. What insane thinking was going on inside this man to perpetrate such heinous crimes? And killing kids? What possible positive outcome can that have?

My thoughts go out to all the people in Norway who lost someone in this horrible incident. Clearly the United States isn't the only country to have its share of crazy, violent people who really believe that opening fire on innocent people will effect some kind of political change.


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