Seems some of Finland’s government officials have looked around the EU and noticed an uptick in radical Islamic terrorism. Leaping into action nearly a year and a half after the problem began to manifest itself, the Fins have announced their plan to stem the violence. The Nordic nation says 7,000 police officers will soon receive Heckler & Koch MP-5’s to add to their kit.
The AP reports that:
Police in Finland released a third suspect Friday in a fatal stabbing attack allegedly carried out by a Moroccan asylum-seeker, a development that came hours after the Nordic country’s news agency said officers will be issued MP5 submachine guns in addition to their normal equipment.
…Investigators said he had become radicalized, but did not elaborate. He also had given a false name and age when he first was interviewed.
Investigators have said they weren’t aware of a motive for the attack in southwestern Finland, but that it appeared to target women.
A high ranking police official admitted the decision comes on the heels of increasing radical Islamic terror attacks. Of course, with stabbing and other terror attacks in the news almost daily in Finland and other European countries for over a year now, one wonders why it took so long. Hand-wringing, perhaps?
No doubt the nifty MP-5’s will help counter the threat and increase police capabilities. The guns have a proven record for controllability, accuracy and an ability to put down bad actors quickly. Even relative novices can shoot the gun fairly well with a modicum of training. First developed in the 1960s, today over 100 variants exist. Think of them as Europe’s version of America’s favorite rifle, the AR-15.
The classic gun is in service in over 40 nations. More than a few agencies in America still use them as well. Still more undoubtedly have them on racks in armories as ARs have in large part replaced the German Maschinenpistole.
Ari Alanen of Finland’s top police body told STT on Friday that “we must increasingly consider the weapons we need to take with us.”
No one with the National Police Board was immediately available for comment. No details were immediately available on when the weapons would be handed out.
In June, Finland’s security agency raised its threat assessment to the second level on a four-step scale.
While governments struggle mightily to find the motives for these attacks, everyday people seem to have no such problem.
If Finland truly wants to make their nation safer, they wouldn’t stop at up-arming their law enforcement officers. They’d also allow their civilian population to gun-up as well. By entrusting citizens to use deadly force to protect innocent life, they might help make terrorists of all stripes an endangered species.