Norway Police Gun Use Attracts International Attention

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Foreign media is amazed with the Norwegian police gun use statistics. The Washington Post features the recently released statistics about how Norway’s police department used guns in recent years. The newspaper writes the statistics paint a picture of a nation where police officers rarely draw their guns and rarely injure anyone with those guns.

The report found that in 2014, Norwegian police threatened to use their weapons 42 times. However, only two shots were actually fired during the entire year, and no one was wounded by either.

To American readers, these numbers might sound shocking. Consider this: Even in 2011, when 77 people, mostly children, were killed by right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, police only fired their guns once and injured one person, wrote the newspaper.

In the USA, there have already been more than 400 people shot and killed by police so far this year.

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