Gunned Down

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, 67, was fatally shot while giving a campaign speech on Friday. It was stunning in that it happened in a country where firearms are strictly regulated and political violence is extremely rare.

Japan has some of the most stringent laws on buying and owning firearms. Japan’s gun-ownership restrictions do not allow private citizens to have handguns, and licensed hunters may own only rifles. Gun owners must attend classes, pass a written test, and undergo a mental health evaluation and a background check.

Interestingly, the shooter used a homemade firearm to assassinate Abe. Police raided his home and seized multiple weapons that also appeared to be homemade. The gun used to kill Abe consisted of two metal barrels attached to a wooden board and was more than a foot long.

Any form of violence is unusual in Japan, but gun violence is almost unheard of…

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  1. willowdot21 says:

    Such a sad turn of events.

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    1. Definitely and yet can you imagine the death by firearm ratio compared to ours???

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      1. willowdot21 says:

        Are you in America if so it is very very scary! Here in the UK the most recent data suggests that there were 30 homicides committed by shooting in the year ending 31 March 2020 – 4% of all homicides. Of these 30 victims, 20% were female and 80% were male. I don’t have more statistics to hand but it is awful .

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      2. JeanMarie says:

        Awful. I hope the gun cancer isn’t spreading.

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    2. Yes, in the USA Willow. What’s even scarier is our governments decision to turn a blind eye to the needs, wants and demands of the majority; instead, catering to the desires and demands of those holding power in money. 😑


      1. willowdot21 says:

        Sadly that is always the way, money talks, life is obviously cheap!

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  2. I think the article is more about the massive difference in gun related deaths per capita … but I agree with you JeanMarie! ❤️


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