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7 die in Tokyo Stabbing spree

From AP-

TOKYO - A man who police said "was tired of life" drove into a crowd of pedestrians Sunday and then went on a stabbing rampage in Tokyo's premier electronics and video game district, killing seven people and wounding 10, authorities said.

The deadly lunchtime assault happened in Akihabara district after the attacker drove a rented two-ton truck into a crowd, running over three people, public broadcaster NHK quoted an unidentified witness as saying.

News reports said the man jumped out of the truck and began stabbing the people he'd knocked down, then turned on horrified onlookers. The attacker grunted and roared as he slashed and stabbed at his victims on a street crowded with Sunday shoppers, reports said.

"He was screaming as he was stabbing people at random," another unidentified witness told NHK.

Police confirmed seven deaths -- six men and one woman -- but they could not say whether the victims died from injuries from the truck or were stabbed to death.

Police said they arrested Tomohiro Kato, 25, at the scene.

I have a brother-in-law working in another part of Japan at present. Stabbing sprees have taken place in Japan before. One that happened at a school in 2001 resulted in the deaths of 8 children. Today's attack is far from the worst spree killing in Northeast Asia. South Korean police officer Woo Bum-kon killed 57 people in 1982.

Access to knives, guns, explosives, or just an automobile will give someone the opportunity to kill large amounts of people in a matter of moments. Now I will begin counting down the moments to the slew of posts that will take place all saying gun control is a fallacy.


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Japan need knife control. I... (Below threshold)
Mrs. Davis:

Japan need knife control. It has proven effective in the UK.

What's interesting about th... (Below threshold)
RYO:

What's interesting about the 2001 case you referenced is that it resulted in a death sentence that was carried out a mere 3 years later (unlike in the subway gas attack case). Let's hope justice is swift in this case as well.

Well, Japan has strict gun ... (Below threshold)

Well, Japan has strict gun control laws. Didn't stop this mass murder from taking place. While they did prevent anyone from being able to defend himself or herself, the bigger obstacle to self defense in a lot of cases like this is the attitude of the victims. Guns are tools, but without the willingness to use the tool when needed, and the wherewithal to use it responsibly, it's not all that useful a tool.

The story doesn't mention is anyone tried to subdue this nutcake. Did people look around for improvised weapons that they could use to take him down? Or did they panic, cower, and wait for the government to save them?

That said, gun laws, by and large, only disarm those least likely to commit violent acts such as this.

If guns in the hands of ordinary citizens posed as big a risk as the gun controllers would have us believe, the USA would have depopulated itself by now.

Access to knives, guns, explosives, or just an automobile will give someone the opportunity to kill large amounts of people in a matter of moments.

So, do we punish everyone by passing laws that ban knives in the home, forcing everyone to eat pre-cut food, or that require the registration of every gasoline purchase, requiring criminal background checks for purchases of gardening equipment, and telling people they have to live in padded foam houses, or do we trust the populace to act responsibly (which it does by an OVERWHELMING majority) and punish those that do not.

As someone who's been a lawful gun owner in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, I can tell you that yes, MOST gun control laws are complete rubbish, designed solely to create an environment where individuals must are forced to rely on the government for their well being.

"MOST gun control laws are ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan Author Profile Page:

"MOST gun control laws are complete rubbish, designed solely to create an environment where individuals must are forced to rely on the government for their well being."

I agree. An unarmed population is a compliant population. Liberal politicans speaking "from the high moral ground" don't mention that they are either exempt from the rules or have their own personal bodyguards.

Now I will begin countin... (Below threshold)
iurockhead:

Now I will begin counting down the moments to the slew of posts that will take place all saying gun control is a fallacy.

So, you present a story that in itself makes the point that gun control is pointless, that a vehicle or knife or baseball bat or tire iron or hammer could all be used in a killing spree, and then bemoan the fact that someone might point out that gun control is a fallacy? I don't get it.

I don't get it.... (Below threshold)
Clay:

I don't get it.

I think Jempty mistitled the post. Maybe this is actually a Knuclehead of the Day post.

Or maybe it's more likely that we just don't get Jempty.

A tool (gun, knife, shovel,... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

A tool (gun, knife, shovel, baseball bat) never killed anyone. A person killed a person. There has always been murders and always will be but the rate has increased by an unbelievable Percentage since the Communist/Socialist, aka democrats 'removal' of faith from life.

One of the few good things ... (Below threshold)
914:

One of the few good things about justice 125 years or more ago were quick public executions.. Not this lawyered up 20 year appeals b.s. when they are caught red handed.

Not this lawyered up 20 ... (Below threshold)
RFA:

Not this lawyered up 20 year appeals b.s. when they are caught red handed.

8. Posted by 914 |


Judge Roy Bean style of West Texas Justice. He'd shoot 'em in the Courtroom just to save all the hassel of a hangin'.

You can't make this stuff u... (Below threshold)
Arthur:

You can't make this stuff up. From a recent AP story.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080609/ts_nm/japan_stabbing_dc

Japan's top government spokesman, Nobutaka Machimura said it was hard to pin down the reason for Sunday's attack but tighter controls should be considered on survival knives like the one the attacker used.

Maybe the govt should outla... (Below threshold)
moseby:

Maybe the govt should outlaw knives and then establish a culinary dept to come to yer house to cut yer veggies for ya. So much fer cheap chinee foo.

Bill: "Access to knives, gu... (Below threshold)
LiveFreeOrDie Author Profile Page:

Bill: "Access to knives, guns, explosives, or just an automobile will give someone the opportunity to kill large amounts of people in a matter of moments. Now I will begin counting down the moments to the slew of posts that will take place all saying gun control is a fallacy."

Bill, it sounds like you are supporting gun control. Is that correct? It seem to me the lesson is that access to ANYTHING empowers people enough so that if they want, they can kill a bunch of other people.

Which has been the case for all of history.

I don't see the "Sarcasm" tag anywhere. Are you actually arguing in favor of limiting accesss to these tools? Perhaps I'm misreading.




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