(ReliableNews.org) – On Wednesday night, a gunman killed multiple people in Hanau, Germany. The attack leaves many wondering if the country’s strict gun laws may have contributed to the bloodshed.
The perpetrator was only identified as Tobias R., by authorities. According to reports, he killed nine people in two shisha (hookah) bars in a city near Frankfurt. After he was finished murdering innocent people, he went home and shot himself dead. He was found near his 72-year-old mother, who was also dead from a bullet wound. Many Twitter users posted videos as the events unfolded:
Hanau Mass Shooting:
– 8 dead, several injured, after shootings in Hanau, Germany
– Shootings took place in two shisha bars
– At least one suspect reportedly apprehended
– Hanau is about 25 kilometers away from Frankfurtpic.twitter.com/PDIF1VYq8j
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Germany has some of the strictest gun laws in the world. In 2019, a slew of regulations were enacted. One measure requires all gun owners to regularly check in with the country’s intelligence agency. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said the goal was to make sure “extremists” did not possess weapons. Clearly, that didn’t pan out the way they expected.
Although nobody can say for sure this shooting was preventable, it does leave you to wonder if a good guy with a gun may have been able to stop it but couldn’t because they didn’t have the time or money to buy their license.
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