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Shooting at Helsinki School Leaves One Child Dead and Two Seriously Injured in Finland

In the aftermath of a devastating shooting at a Finnish primary school, where a 12-year-old boy was killed and two others were seriously injured, the authorities have arrested the suspected perpetrator, also a 12-year-old schoolboy. The incident took place at the Viertola school in Vantaa, a city in the Helsinki metropolitan area. The detainee has admitted responsibility after peacefully handing over the weapon, a pistol that belonged to a close relative. While the reasons for the attack are still unclear, this latest tragedy has sparked a debate on gun control in Finland.

Finland’s Minister of Education, Anna-Maja Henriksson, expressed her deepest sympathy to the families affected by the tragedy and offered condolences to those who have been injured. Similarly, Minister of the Interior Mari Rantanen conveyed her sympathies to those affected by this terrible event. Prime Minister Petteri Orpo described it as an “unbelievable” and “shocking” incident and offered his condolences to those involved.

The tragic incident at Viertola School brought back memories of previous incidents such as the shootings at Jokela High School in 2007 and Kauhajoki vocational school in 2008. This led to Finland tightening its gun laws in 2010 by introducing proficiency tests and raising the age limit for firearms licenses. However, this latest incident has reignited concerns about Finland’s gun policy and whether it is enough to prevent such tragedies from happening again.

Hunting and target shooting are popular activities in Finland, but there is now growing pressure for stricter measures to be put in place to prevent similar incidents from occurring in future. As such, it remains to be seen what changes will be made to Finland’s gun laws following this tragic event at Viertola School.

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