Tragedy in Helsinki: School shooting leaves one child dead and two gravely wounded in Finland

From Tragedy to Change: The Quest for Gun Control in Finland After School Shooting

In a tragic incident that occurred at a Finnish primary school on Tuesday, a 12-year-old boy was killed and two others of the same age were seriously injured. The perpetrator, also a 12-year-old schoolboy, has admitted responsibility for the shooting. The incident took place at the Viertola school in Vantaa, a city in the Helsinki metropolitan area, with about 800 students and 90 staff members.

The shooter had a pistol registered to a close relative and had not been suspected of any prior crimes. The reasons for the attack are unclear, and the authorities are still investigating the motive behind the tragic event.

This school shooting has brought attention to Finland’s gun policy as the country has experienced similar incidents in the past. In 2007 and 2008, two separate shootings resulted in multiple casualties, prompting changes to firearm legislation. Finland introduced a proficiency test for firearms license applicants and raised the age limit for obtaining a license. With over 1.5 million licensed firearms in the country, measures have been taken to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

The Minister of Education, Anna-Maja Henriksson, expressed deep sadness over the incident, emphasizing the loss of a young life and serious injuries to survivors. The Minister of Interior Mari Rantanen also expressed condolences to affected families and confirmed that an arrest had been made of an alleged perpetrator.

Prime Minister Petteri Orpo offered his condolences to victims and their families as well as to members of school community who were affected by this tragedy. He reiterated his commitment towards preventing such incidents from happening again in future by continuing efforts towards stricter gun control laws.

The whole nation is mourning this loss and praying for those injured to make a full recovery.

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