Saturday, March 2, 2013


At least four people were killed and six injured in Wednesday's shooting incident at a timber processing plant in the village of Menznau outside Lucerne, police have confirmed.

The gunman, a 42-year-old Swiss who had been with the Kronospan company for more than 15 years, is among the dead. He used a pistol and reportedly shot himself.

The suspect fired a Sphinx AT 380, which is not an army-issue gun, Lucerne police said on Thursday. It is still unclear how he came into the possession of the pistol and whether he legally owned the weapon.
The Sphinx is a Swiss-built gun.


mikey said...

The AT380 is also illegal to import to the US.

Even our lunatics can't have one...

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Just think how much worse it could have been had it been a mass Lucerne hammering incident.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Or a Lucerne yogurt incident.

wiley said...


The Swiss are a bit exceptional and eccentric in the category of mass shootings and toxic masculinity. They have more stringent gun control than the U.S, but they were the last Western nation to give women the right to vote. The menz having weapons at home as part of national security is a well established fetish of masculinity in that culture.

Work related mass shootings, though, are a category all their own. "Going Postal" is generally rooted in workers being unfairly singled-out, picked-on harshly and micro-managed by management.

People can drive people crazy and induce a state of murderous rage. No biological defect required--- especially when people with MBAs are involved.

Yet "The suspect had a criminal record and was sentenced for robbery in 1998, according to the justice authorities."

IMO what this incident has in common with U.S. gun violence is toxic masculinity and insufficient gun control.

It's good to know that "our lunatics can't have one", but this bit of news might inspire our lunatics to try to get them.

Smut Clyde said...

The Sphinx is a Swiss-built gun.

It asks you a riddle about human nature and only kills you if you fail to answer correctly.