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Serbia Pledges Gun Controls After Two Mass Shootings in Two Days Claim 17 Lives

HeadlineMay 05, 2023

In Serbia, President Aleksandar Vučić has vowed to completely disarm the country after at least eight people were killed in a mass shooting near the town of Mladenovac Thursday. The suspect opened fire from his moving vehicle. He was arrested earlier today. The latest massacre came just one day after a 13-year-old boy went on a rampage at a school in the capital Belgrade, killing eight students and a school guard. The boy was using guns that belonged to his parents, who have both been arrested. The attacks have sent shock waves through the Balkan nation, where mass shootings are extremely rare; the last one happened in 2013. Hours before Thursday’s shooting, protesters gathered outside the Education Ministry in Belgrade demanding justice for the school shooting victims.

Marija Mitrovic: “I am sincerely sorry that Serbia is now on a list of countries where things like this happen. … And it has changed the feeling of going to school for all children and everyone who works there. Some mothers had to send their kids back to class today. How can they explain to children that they can safely go to school? How can we explain it to them? There are no words for something like this.”

Though Serbia has strict gun control laws, thousands of illegal weapons flooded the streets following the Balkan Wars in the 1990s.

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