Friday, October 23, 2015

Swedish Knife Attack

                 Swedish authorities said a 21-year-old man armed with “a sword or a large knife” entered a school in Trollhattan, killed a teacher and a student and wounded two other people before he was fatally shot by police. The attack occurred in the Kronogarden district, a heavily immigrant neighborhood in the struggling industrial city that lies approximately 45 miles north of Gothenburg, and sent shock-waves around the normally placid nation.
                “This is a dark day for Sweden,” stated the country’s Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven.
                Swedish news media reported that the suspect was wearing a mask and that some of the students initially thought he was pulling a Halloween prank.

                Swedish politicians reacted swiftly to the tragedy, banning the sale, manufacture and distribution of all swords, Halloween costumes and knives with sharp or serrated blades. Butter knives can still be legally purchased, though there is now a 5-day waiting period.
                (A firearm was the hero in this tragic event, stopping the murderer and likely preventing many more deaths and injuries. I doubt the media will point this out).


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