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In order to get to the bottom of this horrific story it would be interested to know WHO supplied this guy with automatic weapon (it must be automatic if he killed and wounded so many people in such a short time) and of course who supplied him with a bomb so powerful? I assume it's not easy to buy all that stuff like in a corner shop...

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by vbo on Sat Jul 23rd, 2011 at 08:11:09 AM EST
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He was on a small island. Full of kids. A semiautomatic pistol is actually more likely, since it lets him use his ammunitions more effectively.

I'm more interested in why the police held off on going to the island for so long. It should have been simplicity itself to requisition a helicopter full of terrorist police with automatic weapons and high powered scoped rifles.

But I expect that that part will be the subject of a detailed inquiry.

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Jul 23rd, 2011 at 08:20:15 AM EST
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I'd say there's probably a factor that the major factor probably is the big explosion, all of your heavy duty security police are probably rushed to Oslo to deal with bombs which probably seemed to be the bigger threat, whereas a shooting on an Island probably was seen as a distraction from the major problem for quite a while.

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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Jul 23rd, 2011 at 08:32:15 AM EST
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I continue to think the bomb was a deliberate and clever diversionary tactic by the shooter.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jul 24th, 2011 at 06:17:18 AM EST
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And the Norwegian police single police helicopter was grounded because the crew was on holiday.

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by A swedish kind of death on Wed Jul 27th, 2011 at 02:44:46 PM EST
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According to swedish news, he bought a semi-automatic gun for hunting after getting a gun license in accordance with the rules (joined a gun club, took the mandatory training classes etc).

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by A swedish kind of death on Wed Jul 27th, 2011 at 02:44:02 PM EST
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