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    • thorgalle
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      3 months ago

      Shocking indeed... 12-year-olds!

      • TripleG
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        3 months ago

        Not a very happy day in the happiest country in the world. I thought there were no guns allowed in the country. Shocking!

        • thorgalle
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          3 months ago

          It seems Finland made number 10 on the civilian gun ownership per capita list in 2017 (wikipedia), which is the highest of any EU member state. The population is really small (~5.6 million). If I recall correctly, the number can largely be explained by Finnish hunting culture, and not by (a feeling for) the need for personal defense. I don't think people are generally walking around with guns (or are even allowed to - not sure though!).

          • TripleG
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            3 months ago

            I would think that Finnish hunting culture would use rifles not handguns. I wonder where Finland stands on handgun ownership.

      • Pegeen
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        3 months ago

        Thor this is so sad. Finland has the reputation as “The happiest country in the world.” I am sitting, drinking my coffee, and taking in the tragedy of lost innocence. This is not okay anywhere in the world. This can not become normal!

        • thorgalle
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          3 months ago

          Totally, it shouldn't be normal anywhere! And it still isn't normal, despite this horrific event. According to this post from yesterday, it was a revenge act for bullying. And this one mentioned that 10 kids under 15 have been suspected of murder since 1980, which I suppose is low.

          I really hope this is not a symptom of worsening mental health & social interactions with kids, and that it remains a case in isolation.

          • Pegeen
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            3 months ago

            Thanks for the update Thor. Bullying is a HUGE problem in the States. So is depression and suicide among young people. It has sent me researching and I found a couple of articles to post. It’s alarming, to say the least. I will be very interested in how your country responds. Do you know if there are current programs in place to discourage bullying?

    • Pegeen
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      3 months ago

      Very sad that this sickness is slowly spreading across the globe. What are mass shootings telling us about the state of our world? What is the root cause? It’s incomprehensible that schools are no longer taken for granted as being safe. That is tragic.