According to the UK Guardian,
the first of the two shootings took place at 3:30 pm on February 14,
and the second came shortly after midnight. In total, two civilians were
killed and five police officers were wounded. PET intelligence head
Jeds Madsen said the gunman may have taken his cue from “militant
Islamist propaganda issued by [ISIS] and other terror organizations.”
We saw this same thing in Paris, where strict gun control laws were no hindrance to the terrorists who struck Charlie Hebdo headquarters, gunning down civilians and police officers alike.
The Sydney School of Public Health’s GunPolicy.Org
lists Denmark’s gun regulations as “restrictive.” For example, “the
acquisition, possession, and transfer of each privately held firearm”
must be recorded and “retained by an official register.” Ammunition
sales are also registered/recorded.
Moreover, to own a gun in the first place, you have to be a “licensed
gun owner,” because gun ownership is “a right not protected by law.”
Part of getting that license includes justifying your need for firearm,
and that is followed by stringent criminal background and mental health
checks, among other things.
GunPolicy.Org lists France’s gun regulation as “restrictive” as well, yet attackers in neither country were stopped by gun control measures.
On January 19, Breitbart News reported
that French police admitted gun control was hurting their ability to
perform as law enforcement officers and said they wanted to go from a
lax policy on firearms to one more focused on armed readiness. The Associated Press reported that this change included a request to issue police “more” guns and “heavier” guns.
Like the Washington Times, Breitbart cannot report a story without twisting it beyond recoggnition. The extreme rarity of these incidents in Denmark and France is the real story. The way strict gun control has nearly eliminated these tragedies, that's the real story.
An interesting side note in the story is in the final paragraph. Police and military do indeed need heavier firepower than civilians are allowed in order to cope with that occasional and exceptional situation.