Unless you watch the news closely you likely missed the news that a day ago there was a very deadly mass public school shooting in Crimea. It will probably be another day or so until there is a good idea how many people were killed by eighteen-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov. This case will quickly be forgotten in the news coverage.
There is even bias in even some of the headlines on this story. Take the UK Mirror whose subheadline is: “Vladislav Roslyakov’s victims have emerged after he killed 21 in a bomb and gun attack at a college in Kerch.” In Australia, the headline reads: “Teenagers among 19 killed in bombing, shooting, at Crimea college.” But “all the victims died of gunshot wounds.” The final total put the death toll of those murdered at 20.
From the UK Mirror:
Among the dead – mostly students aged between 15 and 19 – were a mother and daughter, Svetlana and Anastasia Baklanova, aged 57 and 26. . . .
The alleged killer shot and killed himself in the college library. There were angry disputes over whether the killer was alone.
The politician appointed by Vladimir Putin as head of Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, insisted Roslyakov was the sole perpetrator but the politician was shouted down by parents. . . .
The Law Library of Congress describes Russia’s strict gun control laws:
… circulation of firearms to Russian citizens older than eighteen years of age with a registered permanent residence, and for the purposes of self-defense, hunting, and sports activities only. The acquisition of guns is based on licenses provided for a five-year period by local police departments at one’s place of residence after a thorough background check, including a review of the petitioner’s ability to store guns safely and an evaluation of his/her medical records. Mentally ill people and those who have been treated for substance abuse are not allowed to possess firearms.
Individuals are not allowed to carry guns acquired for self-defense; a license only serves as a carrying permit for hunting and sport firearms when these guns need to be transported. Russian citizens may not own guns that shoot in bursts or have magazines with more than a ten-cartridge capacity.
Notably, weapons used in crimes are not gained legally:
Most of the weapons used in crimes committed in Russia turned out to be unregistered or were acquired by a person who used it for criminal purposes. While Russia maintains relatively restrictive gun control legislation and strict procedures regulating the purchase and storage of firearms by private individuals, there is a huge black market for weapons, and most weapons used by criminals are stolen military or police guns, guns sold by law enforcement personnel who seized illegal weapons from criminals and did not register the confiscation of those firearms, or firearms made from modified nonlethal guns.
As we have pointed out before, these attacks are much more common in the rest of the world than most people realize. The United States has much less than the world average rate of mass public shooters, but people don’t perceive that because of the lack of news coverage that these attacks receive outside of the United States. Some of those mass public school shootings outside the United States include (quick partial list):
Kiryandon go, Uganda, March 27, 2001: School shooting that left 11 dead, 2 wounded. Nine students from the Jimmy Ssekasi Institute of Catering who were on a field trip at the Murchison Falls National Park. The school’s founder Jimmy Ssekasi and a game ranger were killed in the attack as well. Two students were injured in the attack, while two more were missing.”Eleven Students Shot Dead in Northwestern Uganda,” Xinhua General News Service, March 28, 2001.
Erfurt, Germany, April 26, 2002: A former student killed 17, one non-fatal injury at a secondary school.
Murree, Pakistan, August 5, 2002: School shooting with 6 killed and 4 wounded. An organization called al-Intiqamu al-Pakistani claimed the responsibility for the attack on a Christian school. “Pakistan: New Terror Group Claims Responsibility for Christian School Shooting,” Islamabad Pakistan, August 6, 2002.
Yahar, Yemen, July 30, 2003: School shooting that left 8 dead, 0 wounded. The attacker was immediately arrested. Local officials said that the dead included seven young students of a religious school attached to the mosque and their teacher. “Yemen mosque attack kills eight,” Deutsche Presse- Agentur, July 31, 2003.
Latifiyah, Iraq, September 20, 2004: School shooting with 4 killed and 7 wounded. “Four Students Killed, Seven Others Wounded in Al-Latifiyah,” Baghdad Radio Dijlah, September 20, 2004.
Baghdad, Iraq, September 26, 2005: School shooting with 6 killed and 0 wounded. Jackie Spinner and Saad Sarhan, “Gunmen Kill 5 Teachers, Bus Driver at Iraqi School,” The Washington Post, September 26, 2005.
Basra, Iraq, October 29, 2006: School shooting British run police school with 19 killed and 0 wounded. Chris Johnston and Michael Evans, “Gunmen change tactics to kill 19 at British-run police school,” The Times (London), October 30, 2006
Emsdetten, Germany, November 20, 2006: Shoots 5 at his former school.
Baghdad, Iraq January 31, 2007: School shooting with 4 killed and 0 wounded. Kim Gamel, “3 Sunni professors, student found dead,” The Associated Press, January 31, 2007.
Yarang, Thailand, April 24, 2008: School shooting that left 5 dead, 1 wounded. Muslim twrrorists shot and killed five construction workers while they were entering a school in Yarang, Pattani, Thailand. Bangkok Post, April 24, 2008.
Winnenden, Germany, March 11, 2009: School shooting that left 15 dead, 9 wounded.
Orakzai, Pakistan, September 9, 2009: School shooting that left 4 dead, 6 wounded. A group of children were shot at as they were going to school. CBC News, “Pakistan Militants Kill Four Teens,” LexisNexis Academic, CBC News, September 9, 2009.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 7, 2011: Wellington Menezes de Oliveira shot to death 12 children between the ages of 12 and 14 at the Tasso da Silveira Municipal School
Pingiriga, Nigeria, February 28, 2012: 4 deaths, 6 wounded. “Boko Haram Hits Four Primary Schools, Bank,” The Moment, February 29, 2012.
Toulouse, France, March 19, 2012: Four shot dead at Jewish school in France. Three others were killed at Montauban.
Mubi, Nigeria, October 2, 2012: School shooting that left 40 dead. “Death toll from Nigeria student massacre at least 40,” Agence France Presse — English, October 3, 2012.; “Nigeria student massacre claims 26 lives,” Agence France Presse — English, October 2, 2012
Mamudo, Yobe State, Nigeria, July 6, 2013: Islamic group Boko Haram killed 42 children and teachers at a boarding school.
There are lots of insurgency, guerilla-type attacks that are excluded from this list. The most deadly one is:
The most deadly was the Beslan School siege of September 1, 2004, which left 385 dead and another 783 wounded.