This couldn't happen? Nobody has guns in Japan!
Every so often I encounter a gun-phobe saying we need a govt grab, citing conditions in foreign countries and telling me that controls work. I try to explain that I have lived in several countries with strict controls and people still use weapons for crime. To take away my guns using such logic only serves to make me a potential victim because violent people will always be out there and they will access guns.
I see an article like this every couple of months in the Japanese press. Gun control only works to deprive the law abiding citizen of a Constitutional Right.
Gunman kills 3, then himself in Osaka bar shooting
Wednesday 13th January, 09:08 AM JST
Three people were fatally shot by a man Tuesday evening at a bar in Habikino, Osaka Prefecture. The gunman then committed suicide, police said.
The shooter was identified as Yasuhisa Sugiura, 49, an Osaka city government employee. The three people killed in the shooting at around 8 p.m. included Tatsuya Fukui, 23, a part-time employee at the bar, and Yoshiko Tanaka, 66, mother of Sugiura’s wife, the police said.
The other victim, Hiroto Uehara, 49, who was in critical condition, died later. Uehara owned the bar.
According to witnesses, Sugiura and his mother-in-law were at the bar to talk about a divorce. In the middle of the discussion, Sugiura got excited and left. Returning with a shotgun, he shot Tanaka and the two others. Sugiura then shot himself outside the bar.
Several months earlier, Sugiura’s mother-in-law, a former lawmaker at the Habikino city assembly, told an acquaintance that her daughter had a troubled marriage, according to the police.
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