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Once-peaceful Sweden Is Now the Gun-violence Capital of Europe

Sweden has long been known as a land of the midnight sun. But now it may be more like High Noon, with a new study showing that an increase in deadly shootings has made the Nordic nation the gun-violence capital of Europe.

As SVT Nyheter reported Wednesday (auto-translated and edited for grammar, punctuation, and style):

The Crime Prevention Council, Brå, has been commissioned to investigate the increase in deadly shootings in Sweden. Today, their study was released.

“The study compared fatal shootings with 22 other European countries … between 2000 and 2019, and concluded that Sweden is at the highest level in Europe when it comes to lethal shooting violence.

The increase that Sweden reports cannot be seen anywhere else in Europe. Sweden has moved from the bottom to the top in Europe’s statistics, says Klara Hradilova-Selin, investigator at Brå.

“The increase in fatal shootings is largely limited to the 20 to 29 age group of young men,” adds Breitbart. “Between zero and four men of this age bracket are fatally shot, on average, per million people in other European countries. In Sweden, the figure is 18.”

Read the rest here.

Selwyn Duke (@SelwynDuke) has written for The New American for more than a decade. He has also written for The Hill, Observer, The American Conservative, WorldNetDaily, American Thinker, and many other print and online publications. In addition, he has contributed to college textbooks published by Gale-Cengage Learning, has appeared on television, and is a frequent guest on radio. This article originally appeared on Blue State Conservative