Following Tuesday’s mass shooting at a school in the central city of Kazan, Russian President Vladimir Putin “ordered a review of Russia’s gun control legislation,” according to PressTV.com.
That is the typical reaction of Democrat politicians in the wake of any tragic shooting incident in the United States.
Published reports about the number of casualties are not in agreement, however. PressTV says 11 people were killed, while the BBC says nine victims have been reported, including seven students and two instructors. Another 21 were injured, BBC said.
NPR is reporting that seven of the nine confirmed victims were eighth graders. NPR is also quoting an official who said the suspected gunman is “officially registered as a gun owner.” The suspect is 19 years old, according to various published reports. He is in custody and Russian authorities are reportedly investigating whether there were accomplices.
According to the NPR report, “While school shootings in Russia are relatively rare, there have been several in recent years – mostly carried out by students. In 2018, a student at a school in Russian-annexed Crimea killed 19 people before taking his own life.”
In the wake of a mass shooting last month in Boulder, Colorado and another incident in Georgia one week earlier, a number of leading Democrats have been advocating for additional gun controls. Also, on Tuesday, anti-gun Sen. Richard Blumenthal chaired a hearing on so-called “ghost guns,” which are privately-built firearms by home gunsmith/hobbyists, and were not used in either of the April shootings.
But similar to how politicians in this country react, President Putin, according to NPR, “expressed his condolences to the relatives of the victims and ordered his government to tighten the country’s already strict gun laws even more.”
PressTV reported Putin, “gave an order to urgently work out a new provision concerning the types of weapons that can be in civilian hands, taking into account the weapon,” attributing the statement to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
And, according to CNN, “Peskov also told journalists that Putin has asked the head of the National Guard of Russia Viktor Zolotov to ‘urgently’ come up with new gun control measures that would regulate the types of weapons that can be owned by civilians. The National Guard is an internal Russian security force.”
According to the Associated Press, “The deadliest school attack in Russia took place in 2004 in the city of Beslan, when Islamic militants took more 1,000 people hostage for several days. The siege ended in gunfire and explosions, leaving 334 dead, more than half of them children.”
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