The Finns have traditionally had a strong shooting culture, often centered around using Russians for target practice, but that’s not going to last much longer because their shooting organizations are weak:
Shooting hobbyists and hunters campaign on behalf of responsible gun use. They want to secure the right to use guns as a hobby, while conceding the need for control.
“Sello involved an illegal weapon. Tougher gun legislation would not have been a solution”, says Markku Lainevirta,, head of a project on the development of the shooting hobby launched by the Shooting Hobby Forum.
“It is a step in the right direction that tougher restrictions are coming for the granting of a person’s first handgun licence.”
The Shooting Hobby Forum includes shooting hobbyists, hunters, and military reservists.
How is increasing the restriction on licensing going to help your sport? Will it help bring in more people? Will it help convince the general public that gun ownership in and of itself is not a social ill? I mean, by conceding that we need to increase restrictions, you concede that guns in the hands of individuals contributes to Jokela and Kauhojoki. You’re accepting blame for something in which you are blameless.
This will backfire. Next time this happens, they will come knocking on your door again, and again, and again, until they ask for something you don’t want to give up. By that time, you will have willingly reduced the number of people in your sport to such a degree that you will be politically powerless to resist their demands.