ElGordillo
Thursday, May 09, 2002
 

I've seen a few posts asking how Pim Fortuyn's killer got hold of a gun, given that gun control in Holland is pretty stringent. Bit of a red herring really - he could always have used an illegally-held weapon, but even if the gun was legally owned, then so what? 'Strict gun control' in the European sense does not mean 'lack of access to legal firearms', except in the UK. There is a shooting sports culture in Holland - my older brother, who has lived in Amsterdam for many years, is a keen pistol shooter (anyone less likely to be a pistol enthusiast would be hard to imagine.) It is certainly hard to legally obtain a pistol in Holland. It's not impossible. I just hope one of the outcomes of all this is not a post-Dunblane style crackdown on legal firearms ownership.

 


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