Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sound Familiar? Finland Has Rising Gun Crime And Widespread Gun Ownership

The tragic gun rampage in a Finland mall must sound terribly familiar to Americans. We too have seen the results of gun carnage in public places:

A lone gunman killed four people in a rampage in a Finnish shopping mall and also murdered his former girlfriend before being found dead himself.

Ibrahim Shkupolli, 43, opened fire in the suburban Helsinki mall where his ex-partner reportedly worked, shooting dead three men and a woman before fleeing, Finnish detectives told a press conference on Thursday (local time).

This is one of several such recent rampages in Finland:

Police said they believed the incident, the latest in a series of shooting sprees which have sent shockwaves through the Nordic country, was triggered by a domestic dispute.

...The incident is the third major shooting in the past two years in Finland, where gun crime has become a major issue and gun ownership is widespread.

In November 2007, an 18-year-old went on a rampage at his school in Tuusula, killing seven pupils and a teacher before turning the gun on himself.

In September 2008, a 22-year-old trainee chef killed 10 people at a college before killing himself.

Take note of the words,"...where gun crime has become a major issue and gun ownership is widespread." We have the same situation in the U.S. Is this a coincidence, or is there a causal relationship between the rising rate of gun crimes, including massacres, and the number of guns in circulation? Now that "gun crime has become a major issue" in Finland, will they also follow us in legislating even more loosened restrictions on guns advocated by the NRA and adopted in much of America?

Photo: Gunman found dead after killing five others (Reuters)

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