A gunman dressed in military gear killed 16 people Wednesday in a shooting spree in Germany before he was shot dead by police, police spokesman Rainer Kloeller told CNN.
Tim Kretschmer, 17, began his rampage at a school where he used to be a student in Winnenden, a small town about 20 kilometers (12 miles) northeast of Stuttgart.
Three teachers and 10 students were killed at the Albertville-Realschule Winnenden school in the shooting, which began around 9:45 a.m.
One thing that immediately comes to mind is these incidents aren't limited to the United States. In fact, we've discussed shootings before which took place in Europe. In all these cases I get the impression the disturbed young men in Finland and Germany are influenced by America, by the films, by the news, by the culture. What do you think? Does that make sense to you?
Unlike many of these reports, this article mentioned the provenance of the gun.
Police raided his parents' home later and found they had a collection of of 14 guns.
The pistol used in the killing was part of the father's collection, authorities said. The guns were legally owner by the father who is a member of a gun club. German gun laws are fairly restrictive and require owners to control access to them. Do you think the gun control issue is taken seriously enough?
Of course this reminds me of a big discussion we had a few months ago in which I partly blamed the father of a teenaged boy for the fact that the boy stole three guns from his father. The reaction was overwhelmingly in support of the poor gun owner who wasn't quite up to the task of securing his guns safely and preventing his 15-year-old from taking them.
I suppose this is more or less what happened in Germany this morning. The 17-year-old psycho took a gun from his dad's collection. He then proceeds to kill a bunch of people. Does the dad bear some of the responsibility for this bloody mess? Do gun owners in general? I say yes to both propositions.
What's your opinion? What conclusions can be drawn from the fact that incidents like this happen also in Europe?
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