OSLO — A court on Friday sentenced Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian extremist who admitted killing 77 people, to at least 21 years in prison after ruling that he was sane when he carried out his country’s worst peacetime atrocity. The sentence was the most severe permitted under Norwegian law, but it can be extended at a later date if he is still deemed to be a danger to society.
Why didn’t they give him a year for every person killed? Twenty-one years for such a horrendous crime simply says that Norway doesn’t think much when it comes to the victims, their grieving families, or the living in general. They’d rather protect this monster. Those against the death penalty endanger the rest of civilized society. Killers may or may not think twice about committing murder, but their fate would be the same and justly so.
I wonder if he’ll give shooting lessons when he’s sprung from his light prison sentence.