28.9.08

CONDOLENCES. A student at Finland's Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences has murdered ten people and injured at least one other person before taking his own life. The shooter had been detained by police after he posted some videos, but there was insufficient evidence to hold him.

I'll leave the analysis to others. There's a university with people coming to terms with what ought not to have happened to think about.

Some developments.

First-responders required two hours to secure the crime scene.

The shooting is the second at a Finnish school within a year, with predictable reactions. Some see anomie.
A national student survey published today showed the scale of the problem: one in ten felt that they did not have any friends and the same number said that they never discussed problems with their parents.
Others see a frontier mentality.

Tuesday’s rampage happened almost a year after another gunman killed eight people and himself at a school in southern Finland, an attack that triggered a fierce debate about gun laws in this Nordic nation with deep-rooted traditions of hunting in the sub-Arctic wilderness.

With 1.6 million firearms in private hands, Finland is an anomaly in Europe, lagging behind only the United States and Yemen in civilian gun ownership, studies show.

Copycat Effect has been on the case.

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