Kaleva - Finland | Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Violence gains upper hand in Finland
An 18-year-old shot and killed two people with a hunting rifle on Friday night in the southern Finnish town of Hyvinkää, also wounding seven others, in some cases severely. Finland must look for ways to prevent such crimes, writes the liberal daily Kaleva: "Violence and its glorification are everywhere, leading some people to have a completely twisted notion of what is right and what is wrong. ... In part this development has been fostered by a world that is increasingly shaped by technology. Internet forums are full of aggressive comments, and the more someone is defamed, the quicker others will be to give that person the thumbs-down as well. ... There are certainly plenty of reasons for senseless violence like the Hyvinkää murders. Now it's high time to initiate a project that spans all of society, in which experts in various areas seek the reasons for such violence at national, regional and local levels and - even more importantly - ways to prevent it."
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