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Finland calls for tougher gun laws

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The words of a killer just before carrying out his promise. Matti Juhani Saari posted this warning on YouTube 5 days before shooting dead ten students and himself at a college in the Finnish town of Kauhajoki. It’s raised questions over the Internet and gun ownership in Finland.

“We will now start the discussion about pistols and revolvers. Is it right that the people can carry those guns at their homes,’‘ said Finland Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen. ‘‘I have only that question on my mind. Is there some relation to all that violence which we can face everyday – in TV, movies and the Internet. Does it have some influence, especially on young men,’‘ he added.

Police questioned Saari hours before he mowed down class mates, but released him because of lack of evidence.

With nearly 1 in 3 people licensed to own a firearm, Finland has the third highest rate of gun ownership in the world.