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How Russia Responded To A Mass Shooting

A high-profile shooting at a college in the Crimean city of Kerch last week may result in Russia’s already strict gun laws ratcheting tighter.

Viktor Bondarev, the head of the Federation Council’s Committee on Defence and Security — the chief oversight committee for military and police matters in the upper house of the Russian parliament — is ready to strengthen regulations on guns and ammunition in the country, state media outlet TASS  reported.

“In order to prevent such terrible incidents in the future it is necessary to tighten control of trade in firearms and cartridges for them,” said Bondarev, the former head of the Russian Air Force.

The attack at the Kerch Polytechnic College on Oct. 17 has been blamed on an 18-year-old student, Vladislav Roslyakov, who legally bought a pump-action shotgun and 150 shells in the weeks prior to the event. State-controlled media say that he used the shotgun and homemade nail bombs to kill 20 and wound at least 70 before taking his own life.

Russia is widely regarded as having restrictive gun laws, with no right for gun ownership recognized under the law. Since the fall of the Tsar in 1917, increasingly strict regulations have eliminated legal private handgun ownership and sharply curbed rifle possession. All legal firearms are registered and gun owners have to pass extensive background checks and in many areas are required to secure their firearms at gun clubs. However, Western gun policy groups estimate there are upwards of 11 million illegal guns in circulation in the county.

Bondarev is reportedly exploring a special legal act to better regulate the transfer, marketing and production of guns in the country as well as to monitor the Internet for information about illegal gun trafficking.

At the same time, Vesti News, wholly funded by the Russian government, this week editorialized that stepped up gun control was essential. Vesti’s Dmitry Kiselev, described in the West as “Putin’s favorite TV host,” specifically argued that an 18-year-old who had never served in the military shouldn’t have been able to buy the shotgun he used in the attack.

“Never has something like the Kerch tragedy happened in Russia before,” said the host. “We all remember Beslan, but it was a terrorist attack. This story is totally different. One may reflect on the peculiarities of the killer’s personality and the environment he was brought up in but I believe that one thing is clear. We must tighten the regulations for private sale of firearms.”



  • justdave

    Drag Stalin’s body out of the crypt and start the purges. And bring back the KGB in all its’ past glory. Obviously, today’s Russian has way too much freedom.


  • Susan K.

    The “state-controlled media” did not say how many were killed and/or wounded due to the shotgun and how many were killed and/or wounded by the homemade nail bombs. That omission, couple with the State being focused on a gun control agenda, leads me to believe that the nail bombs killed and wounded more. So if they get their new gun laws, future perps will be restricted to either illegal guns or homemade nail bombs. Problem solved — NOT!


  • A_Nobody

    And it’ll do no more good than here. People will just find other ways to kill.


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  • Patttie Prince

    When guns are Outlawed, only Outlaws will have guns… They just proved the case. Nail Bombs?? Acid? Knives? Wake up folks,
    God Bless the Constitution of the United States of America!!!!


  • rjdmanfredi

    Federal Governmental Institution — penal colony № 2 OIK-2 OUKHD Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia in Perm Territory, popularly known as White Swan (Russian: Белый лебедь, Belyy Lebed), is a prison in Solikamsk, Perm Krai, Russia.[1][2] It is a maximum-security Supermax prison operated by the Federal Penitentiary Service for convicts sentenced to life imprisonment.The origin of the prison’s nickname is unknown, with one theory being the bright white painted walls of the prison building, while another being from the way detainees were moved across the prison, leaning forward (almost 90 degrees) with their hands thrown behind their back, appearing like a swan. The prison is also known by the slightly more formal name VK-240/2 (Russian: ВК-240/2).
    The conditions in Russian prisons for certain offenses such as multiple murders discourage recidivism ; you don’t get out .


  • Charles Michalek

    susan k , if you read the article it stated that 20 were killed and at least 70 were wounded.. clean your reading glasses or see an eye doctor apparently your eye sight isn’t all that great ….


  • Dr. Mike Reeder

    Well, this is the way the Russians handle killings. Punish everyone. Where have we seen THAT before? Form thew LEFT right here in the U.S. There is no question whom is colluding with whom!

    Left = Russia!


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