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Police slay teen gunman who killed 15 in Germany

In 2002, 19-year-old Robert Steinhaeuser shot and killed 12 teachers, a secretary, two students and a police officer before turning his gun on himself in the Gutenberg high school in Erfurt, in eastern Germany.

Steinhaeuser, who had been expelled for forging a doctor’s note, was a gun club member licensed to own weapons. The attack led Germany to raise the age for owning recreational firearms from 18 to 21.

Germany has some of the strictest firearms regulations in the world. In 2002, a nineteen-year-old man killed fifteen people with a legally owned firearm, so Germany raised the legal age to twenty-one.

How did that work out for you, Germany?

[In March, 2009,] a 17-year-old gunman dressed in black opened fire at his former high school in southwestern Germany on Wednesday then fled in a hijacked car, killing at least 15 people before police shot him to death, state officials said.

The gunman entered the school in Winnenden and opened fire, shooting at random, police said. He killed nine students, three teachers and a passer-by outside the building, officials said.

Apparently, this kid’s father legally owned a collection of firearms and one is missing. The article doesn’t say if that is the weapon used in these killings. It’s a good thing Germany doesn’t allow people to own “assault rifles” and raised the age limit to legally possess any firearms from 18 to 21! This 17-year-old might have been able to get a hold of something really dangerous like the illegal firearms that Harris and Klebold used to kill 13 people back in 1998. We’d better make more guns illegal to prevent this sort of thing in the future!

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