For our readers in the Netherlands, here’s the story from de Gelderlander.
I Google-translated a few random comments from that news report:
1. Kamerbeek is quite right. I think he ‘experience qualified’ enough to be able to choose who he can and can not have in his tent. And yes, it jumps a ‘population’ from. But dear people, who it be, that’s all we know, only Kamerbeek has the guts to speak it out. Long live the PVV!
2. Jamal Al Mubaraki, owner of Fendy Jeweler in Nijmegen will now get more clients…
3.We have enough of those opvreters here in the Netherlands. The deal is good in our diseased country. deeply ashamed that we have slipped so far.
Dutch readers who want to take their opinion survey, it’s at that same page on the sidebar down to the right.
This reminds me of the time the Commonwealth’s Attorney threatened to put me in jail…
He had subpoenaed me to testify in open court against an untreated schizophrenic, a man who had already beaten up a judge in our previous court encounter. In that same incident, the fellow also managed to rip off his wife’s clothing and throw a very heavy microphone at her head (it missed). Before they got him subdued, he’d injured two policemen and a bailiff.
When they finally got him in check and put on the handcuffs, I asked for leg chains this time, even if it was just to walk from courthouse to the jail’s van. As they had ignored my pre-hearing request for handcuffs during his appearance before the judge (because I knew how violent he was), they laughed at the idea of leg irons. "He ain’t going nowhere with those handcuffs on, lady".
It took them five hours, chasing this fellow all over the city, before they were able to put him in the van for the trip back to jail. As predicted, he’d booked down the street as soon as he saw daylight. When they finally cornered him those handcuffs were broken, still attached to one wrist. Oh, but this time they did put leg irons on to get him back to the van. Seems like some people are always one war behind.
Now, months later, we were in court again and I was supposed to testify about what had happened back during the first hearing. But they expected me to do this in front of the defendant who — as had been the case in his first appearance — was not in restraints of any kind.
I refused to enter the courtroom. Repeatedly, courteously, I refused. A policeman sitting next to me patted my hand and said, “don’t worry, honey. Ain’t nothing gonna happen in there”. To which I replied, “I was a virgin witness back then, but I’m not any more. I will not enter a courtroom with that man if he’s not in restraints”. Period.
That’s when I got threatened with jail. I explained incarceration would be a whole lot better than being in the Intensive Care Unit with brain damage. “Just give me time to go back to the office and collect a book or two to read.”
In the end, they managed to convict him without my testimony. I recommended they have his schizophrenia treated but even a prisoner has “rights” to refuse medical treatment. Go figure.
As you can see, I fully understand this now-crippled store owner’s firm resolve to refuse to let people into his store who are likely to steal his valuable inventory and beat him up for fun. In this country, these groups of lawless “youths” are called “flash robbers”. They text one another, mob up for the attack and then they’re gone. So what if the proprietor ends up in a wheel chair? Big deal.
Is there any difference here? Some. In the states with “concealed carry” gun laws (which permit you to arm yourself), flash rob mobs are less likely to form. Those kids may be crazy but they’re not stupid. They won’t go up against an armed store-owner.
Some of our strictest gun control states and cities are beginning to rethink their position.
Poor Europe. Many of your nations have disarmed you “for your own good”. As everyone knows, when the citizenry can’t have weapons, the lawless will do a good business selling guns to one another on the black market.
I wonder if the robbery rates are any lower in Switzerland? Does anyone know?
Hat tip: original video @ Snaphanen’s Youtube page.
Here’s Steen’s blog.
Thanks also to Vlad Tepes for uploading the video to the MRC TV site so we could fold the page despite Blooger’s limitations (with Youtube, at any rate).