Hmmm.

Pekka-Eric Auvinen, 18, killed seven fellow pupils and the headmistress at Jokela High School in Tuusula, 30 miles north of Finland’s capital Helsinki. He then turned the gun on himself, and died after being taken to hospital.

And

\’\’Bowling for Columbine\’\’ is riveting and scary, and its vision of a society racked by fear, riven by inequality and armed to the teeth is neither comforting nor easily wished away.

Gini for Finland, 26, for the US, 40.

Availability of guns about the same.

Might we need to take "riven by inequality" off our list of causes of school massacres?

7 comments on “Hmmm.

  1. ‘Tain’t inequality: the Americans are more prone to school shoot-outs because they are somewhat more bonkers than many other nations.

  2. Might we need to take “riven by inequality” off our list of causes of school massacres?

    How does a massacre in Finland alter the causes of massacres in the USA?

  3. How does a massacre in Finland alter the causes of massacres in the USA?

    How do locations of massacres only matter for the determination of causes if the location is the US?

  4. Until the king and queen of Prom go on one of these rampages, I’ll hold to the fact that it’s all about socially-ostracisation, with a dash of pyschosis and some media encouragement thrown in the mix.

    Proposed solution: try and get kids to treat each other a bit nicer. Try and have the cool kids breaking down clique barriers rather than forming them.

    Chance of success: fuck all.

  5. Might we need to take “riven by inequality” off our list of causes of school massacres?

    My understanding is that there is a positive correlation between gini coefficient and homicide rate. So, no.

  6. “Proposed solution: try and get kids to treat each other a bit nicer. Try and have the cool kids breaking down clique barriers rather than forming them.”

    So, basically go against hundreds of years of human behaviour.

    Roll up for your lobotomies, folks!

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