In the United States of America you often discuss whether or not guns should be controlled. In Denmark we have no such discussion. The Danes are unarmed and guns are extremely regulated. Lately it’s been ridiculously displayed with a new law regarding folding knives. If you are the kind of person who believes you have the right to defend yourself and your property you will be appalled by the Danish laws and attitudes towards guns and knives.
The danish “Våbenlov” – laws regarding weapons – is extremely complex when you look at it. It specifies just about any type of gun or explosive possible, but it all boils down to this: the Danish citizens are unarmed by law. If you are a hunter and have a license for this – yes, of course you need a license to be a hunter! – you may own and keep certain specific types of guns for hunting, but nothing else.
We do have gun clubs, but the guns used in those clubs are kept at the clubs at all times. Guns meant for personal defense are illegal, and now we have the ridiculous issue of folding knives. An old law in Denmark makes it illegal to own a folding knife which is designed to be opened with one hand, but now it is also illegal to own a folding knife able to be opened with one hand even though it is not specifically designed for this!
That’s how ridiculous the Danish government has become. We, former vikings, are completely disarmed as if we’re a bunch of 10-year olds. Oh, the criminal gangs in Denmark – bikers and immigrants – are armed to their teeth but if any of those guys break into a home in Denmark he can rest assured that he wont meet armed resistance. Danes are, by law, disarmed completely.
Back in the day…
This is partly because 130 years ago we had a few political problems that almost created a revolution against the king and government. It basically boiled down to this: the Prime Minister lost the election but at the time the King had to approve of a new government and ministry, which he didn’t. This kept the current Prime Minister in power and the parties that won the election were kept away from power.
They made an unveiled threat by establishing gun clubs which armed the population. There was a lot of tension but nothing really happened. Gun laws were put in place and thus the Danes became completely unarmed.
Personally I don’t like guns and I don’t want one. I am not afraid of anyone or anything – which might make me stupid but it’s my choice – and therefore I couldn’t give a flying fuck about whether or not I am allowed to own a gun for my personal protection. Thing is… I care about my freedom and the freedom of others, which includes their right to protect themselves, their family and their property in any way they deem necessary.
The way the United States is going is more and more towards Denmark. I know you already have a lot of discussion about guns and while I am personally against me owning a gun, I don’t have the right to disarm anyone else.
Guns are tools for personal protection but also a danger to anyone who seeks power. Those who want power do not want opposition, and if opposition can’t be avoided, the less effective the opposition is, the better. It’s not that I foresee an armed revolution in Denmark any time soon – we are too comfortable with our complacency to do that – nor do the politicians, but they do dislike the people being anything less than completely docile.
Denmark is the model Nanny State. The politicians make laws that ‘protect us from ourselves’. This, of course, includes gun laws. Babies can’t have guns, you know – and in Denmark neither can an adult. A woman can’t even arm herself as protection from harm. Not even pepper spray is legal!
That’s right. Imagine that. A woman walking down the street at night is – by law – completely disarmed. No gun to protect her from a would-be rapist or mugger. No knife for cutting his balls when he tries to rape her. No pepper spray to mess up his eyes if he tries something. By law, she is unprotected.
And while I grant you that Denmark isn’t the rape-capital of the world I would like it that a woman, who is out on the town with her friends, isn’t completely disarmed by the politicians and the police. The nanny will protect her, I guess, but not until after the fact.
I know there is a lot of talk about gun control in the United States. I wont presume to be imposing my views on the matter in regards to the United States, but imagine if the American government takes their cues from Denmark on this issue as well?
If you have ever heard this sentence, or something like it, from an american politician:
Look at Denmark! If they can do it, so can we!
Get ready for the Nanny State! Any politician who looks to Denmark for his talking points wants to be your nanny. He wants to control every little aspect of your life and if you let him, he will first disarm you and then tax you heavily. That is, after all, how the nanny state works.