Finland seems to be a country where people put too much trust in their own citizens. I believe that most people were assured after the murders at the Jokela School, that murders like that would not happen again in their country.
But as long as there is the possibility for school kids to own guns legally, there is always the chance that some deranged person will use his weapon to become “famous”. And I used the word famous because there is no other explanation for such stupid primitive acts after they have been forecast on the internet.
There can be many causes; and some of them, I am sure, can be nipped in the bud; measures can be taken on all levels to highly improve the civilization of a people.
- prohibit ownership of weapons by private citizens,
- parental responsibility should go much further than leaving one’s children to forge for their own while both parents are off to work,
- computer games have age limits which don’t seem to awaken parents. Maybe they don’t read English, or don’t understand what 18+ means. I have seen 12 year old school kids getting the most horrible games from their parents who probably do not understand the brainwashing terms being spoken during the virtual killing spree’s of their children: a masculine voice encouraging the young player by exclaiming “rampage!” every few minutes. The parents whom I know of my children’s friends don’t seem to care at all. Fifteen year old school friends are a member of gun clubs and have their weapons at home. They shoot them in their back yards (which in Finland is usually the forest),
- the Finnish government only cares about the control of liquor, which is only sold in state owned stores. Weapons can be bought in private shops. With alcohol one can not murder in cold blood.
I ask myself
- whether it is safe to send my children to school as long as the government exchanges its discussion about the prices they charge for alcohol for a fundamental discussion about the abolishment of privately owned weapons,
- whether, during this discussion, kids who own weapons should be banned from schools,
- whether parents should start to realize that at least one of them should be home for the children, when they are brought home from school in the state-paid taxi,
- whether parents should be instructed to pay attention to what their children are doing on the internet.