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School shooting in Belgrade, 9 dead



  • Registered Users Posts: 82,285 ✭✭✭✭Overheal


    “Because he is under 14, Kecmanovic can’t face criminal charges, the Belgrade prosecutor’s office said. Social services will determine what happens to him”

    and he had Molotovs. A kid made molotovs? Where the hell did he get the idea and the resources

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,417 ✭✭✭✭kneemos

    Just a bottle of petrol. Plenty of guns in Serbia apparently. Petrol bombs would be an added horror though.

  • Registered Users Posts: 82,285 ✭✭✭✭Overheal

    I know they're easy to make but what mind does a child have with learning to and actually making them. Where does a child get a hold of the petrol

  • Registered Users Posts: 85,974 ✭✭✭✭JP Liz V1


    I am just surprised not in America

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,863 ✭✭✭✭Mrs OBumble

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,036 ✭✭✭joseywhales

    You didn't have a childhood if you didn't try to blow a few things up in a field, that isn't a problem for me, it's access to guns that's the problem.

  • Registered Users Posts: 621 ✭✭✭taxAHcruel

    I was just reading the wiki article for the physicist Michio Kaku. It claims that for a high school science fair he built an “atom smasher” in his garden. Using scrap and 22 miles of wire he created a magnetic field 20000 times stronger than Earth’s own. And using it he was able to produce and photograph antimatter.

    When a person - even a child - puts their mind to something they can achieve things that will certainly surprise many of us.

    Unfortunately - if a person has a wish to do harm then finding ideas and resources to do so is relatively easy. Especially in the time of the internet. For example, if memory serves, "The Anarchist Cookbook" by William Powell was written around 1970. In the very early days of the internet kids in my school would print it out and share it around to seem edgy.

    Among other things it contained recipes for making explosives, pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails, dynamite and instructions for building homemade weapons, such as a zip guns, blowguns, and flamethrowers.

    It would not have to be petrol. A Molotov cocktail is any flammable liquid contained in an easily broken container like glass. You can make them with alcohol for example. The article did not seem to go into much detail on what exactly it was the child carried. Saying "molotov cocktail" sounds powerful in an article but it could have been something as simple as a bottle of vodka with a scrap of t-shirt stuck into it for all we know.

    That said - getting petrol even underage is not generally that hard. You can steal it easily from many sources. Petrol lawnmowers. Or using a piece of rubber tubing on any vehicle where access to the petrol tank is not locked. There are also flammable fuels in many home heating appliances. Not to mention equipment on any farmland.

    That might be simplifying it a little though? The articles linked above note that Serbia is awash with guns both legal and illegal. Yet shootings of this kind are rare. If access to guns was "the" problem therefore - one would have to account for the fact that this sort of horror is not happening a lot more often. What about the many 1000s of women, men and children who also have access to guns but do not do anything of this sort at all?

    Plus if a person is intent on doing harm and violence - they can do so with or without access to guns. This kid for example - it is claimed - also made "molotov cocktails" of some sort. So yes if someone is intent on doing harm - it is certainly unfortunate that they have access to guns. But "the" problem whatever it is/was was seemingly something else entirely. The child in this case themselves called the police it seems - and described himself as a psychopath. Suggesting perhaps that "the" problem here is his mental state and not any particular weapon.

    I know I have been teaching my children various forms of ability to do violence since they were barely toddlers. All 12 or under they can use various forms of martial arts - are fairly proficient with my bow and hunting arrows - and the oldest girl and boy have been trained on using rifles and other guns. All legally. None of this is remotely a problem however as they are not inclined to do violence on any body or to be an instigator of it for any reason.

    That said though - the fact the father in this case kept the weapons in a safe but the child knew the code - is a massive oversight of incompetence and negligence. While I enjoy using and training with firearms - I as a family man and father have absolutely zero wish or desire to own one myself. I recognize the responsibility ownership entails, and I do not particularly want it. As the father in this story has been arrested - it seems he will be held accountable for this tragedy too.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,594 ✭✭✭✭osarusan

    Any number of sheds will have plastic containers of petrol for lawnmowers, strimmers, and the like.

    It's not at all hard to imagine how the boy got his hands on petrol.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 23,016 CMod ✭✭✭✭Ten of Swords

    He had 2 firearms with him, a 9mm pistol which he used, and a "small calibre pistol". Both were legally owned by his father and kept in a gun safe (which he knew the code to)

    The description of events CNN have is pretty cold

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  • Registered Users Posts: 82,285 ✭✭✭✭Overheal

    Reforms incoming. Freeze on licenses. Reducing the prosecution age to 12. Drug testing for students. Criminal liability for actions resulting in child access to gun.

  • Registered Users Posts: 621 ✭✭✭taxAHcruel

    That sounds very vague and ominous. I hope there are good reasons for any such changes they finally implement - and they are not just knee jerk things done for optics. After all if the entire population of a country is going to pay for changes with any of their securities, rights or freedoms they would want to be sure what they get is worth the price, or has any desired effect at all.

    Random drug and alcohol testing in school children for example? Do any EU states do this at the moment across the general school population - or specific parts of it? If so how and why? I am quite ignorant of the laws around the EU on this. How would such a suggestion go down here in Ireland? I remember a 2005 paper I once read which I will look for after this sentence which suggested doing so in the UK for example would probably cause harms while being dubious of both the benefits and the human rights of children.

    I have not followed the case closely enough to know myself - but are the reforms related to this shooting directly? For example were drugs, alcohol and "certain sites" on the internet deemed to be causal or an exacerbation in this specific situation? Or are they dealing with some already existing wider issue for which this shooting was just a spring board? I have to say my knowledge of Serbia in general is low and I know of no people from there. A good friend who is Bosnian would be the closest but I have not talked to him since this story broke.

  • Registered Users Posts: 621 ✭✭✭taxAHcruel

    I see a second shooting being reported. Given the rarity of this in that country - can this be coincidental or is it a copy cat thing or worse? Not good whatever it is.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,372 ✭✭✭✭TheValeyard

    Absolutely horrific.

    Those poor kids. **** disgusting thing to do.


    All Eyes On Rafah

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 23,016 CMod ✭✭✭✭Ten of Swords

    Montenegro, formerly part of Serbia and with a similar level of gun ownership, had a mass shooting about 6 months ago in Cetinje. 11 dead including the shooter who was killed by responding police.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,381 ✭✭✭Yurt2

    Did I read that right? There was a second mass shooting in Belgrade today? Was the shooter another teenager?

  • I visited Belgrade once, some of the greatest quality food I ever tasted there. Felt entirely safe at the time. I passed that school walking from parliament building area to my hotel.

    The trouble is guns and serious mental health / social issues simply do not mix, and where there are a lot of leftover guns lying around attics or basements, this is the result.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 23,016 CMod ✭✭✭✭Ten of Swords

    21 year old, firing an automatic weapon from a car. Five killed in one location and three in another. 14 injured in total. Captured after a massive manhunt.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 23,016 CMod ✭✭✭✭Ten of Swords

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  • Registered Users Posts: 82,285 ✭✭✭✭Overheal

    Amazing what happens when a gun is not the cultural representation of your manhood.

  • Jaysus almighty that sends a shiver thinking regular everyday folk were cutting about with these in their houses/cars/wherever…

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,768 ✭✭✭✭BattleCorp

    Calm down. Everyday folk have guns here in Ireland too.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,768 ✭✭✭✭BattleCorp

    I'd be very surprised if some crime gangs don't have them here. They have pretty much everything else. Illegally of course. Many of the guns handed in in Serbia were illegally held too, as were the grenades and rocket launchers. It's understandable that grenades and rocket launchers would be knocking around in somewhere like Serbia given that the Balkans war happened in that part of the world. Imagine how many firearms will be in the Ukraine once this conflict ends?

    It's not all hand grenades and rocket launchers that have been handed in either. Only a very small portion of firearms handed in are of those types. The vast majority of the guns handed in are licencable in Ireland. Pistols, revolvers, rifles, and believe it or not AR15's and similar are licencable here in Ireland. And for the record, we've no problems with licenced firearms here so I don't know why you'd be shivering thinking of me with my pistol, rifle or AR15 when they are only used for lawful purposes, i.e. target shooting.

  • to be fair I wouldn’t consider crime gangs as your average folks either