Finnish Shootings Trigger Call for Gun-Law Changes

By Green Point,  Newser User
Posted Sep 24, 2008 11:07 AM CDT
A young woman, right, is helped back onto her feet after laying flowers alongside other tributes outside Kauhajoki vocational high school in Kauhajoki, Finland, Wednesday Sept. 24, 2008.    (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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(Newser) – Responding to a grieving Finland, the country's prime minister called for stricter gun laws in the wake of yesterday's school shooting. Matti Vanhanen questioned the legality of private handgun ownership, calling guns more fit for shooting ranges. It may be a difficult case to make in a country with 1.6 million private firearms and where 15-year-olds can own guns, reports the BBC.

Killer Matti Juhani Saari held a valid gun license, as did the attacker in last November's shooting, which killed eight. Vanhanen also touched upon changes to Internet monitoring, in response to videos posted by Saari. "The Internet and YouTube forums are not another planet. This is part of our world and we adults have the responsibility to check what is happening, and create borders and safety there."