Yesterday’s massacre at the school in Winnenden has not only raised questions about gun control in Germany but the laws governing Europe as a whole.
Bearing a shocking resemblance to two separate attacks carried out at schools in Finland in 2007 and 2008, politicians in Strasbourg are already asking themselves if more needs to be done to protect Europe’s citizens.
European Parliament President Hans Gert Pottering said: ‘‘This tragedy occurs after similar incidents in schools in Finland. It’s our task as responsible politicians in the European Union and, indeed, all the member states, to do our utmost so that such deeds can be prevented.’‘
With German schools suffering several attacks in recent years its government had twice toughened gun ownership laws.
But that wasn’t enough to prevent yesterday’s tragedy with the killer’s father owning firearms.