Sunday, June 08, 2008

a japanese case for gun control

In Tokyo a guy called Tomohiro Kato killed seven people in the middle of the day on a busy shopping street in the Akihabara neighborhood. He told the police after being stopped (alive, by a cop who dueled with him with his night stick before pulling a gun and threatening to shoot), "I am tired of life. I came to Akihabara to kill people. It didn't matter who they were. I came alone." (Kato will probably lose the life he has grown tired of - Japan has the death penalty.)

Kato's weapons of choice: a rental truck he drove into a crowd, and then a large knife.

Kato did pretty well, in the sick score-keeping of mass murder, killing seven. Just think how much more efficient he could have been if he had a gun. Guns are relatively rare in Japan, thanks in part to strict gun control laws. If Kato had lived in say Richmond, Virginia, he could have gotten a couple of sweet semi-automatics and done real damage.

"Guns don't kill people, people kill people." True. And this is also true: "People kill people, and people with guns kill more people more easily."



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