Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s assassin reportedly used a makeshift, homemade gun to kill the beloved foreign leader.
“We are conducting forensics, but clearly it looks homemade,” the police chief of Nara, the Japanese city where the assassination occurred, told reporters Friday.
Citing video footage from the shooting, the Los Angeles Times described the gun as “an unwieldy, more-than-foot-long weapon with two metal barrels and a wooden board featuring some kind of firing mechanism.”
“The weapon is far cruder than guns considered homemade in the United States, including 3-D-printed firearms and lower receivers assembled in metal shops. The metal barrels of the weapon believed to have been used in the attack on Abe were wrapped in black tape,” according to the Times.
The assassin’s homemade weapon.
Proof the strictest gun control laws never work to stop the psychotic.
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) July 8, 2022
“The ‘craft-made’ firearm appeared to be similar to a Civil War-era musket, in which the gunpowder or the propellant is loaded separately to the bullet projectile, according to N.R. Jenzen-Jones, the director of Armament Research Services, a specialist arms investigations firm,” the New York Post further noted.
Even more makeshift guns were later found at the suspect’s home.
“Police said several weapons were also found at Yamagishi’s residence and were similar to the firearm believed to be used to shoot Abe. They added that it was unclear whether the suspect had the proper licenses for the weapons,” according to CNBC.
As previously reported, the gun laws in Japan are extraordinarily strict. For starters, only shotguns and air rifles may be sold. In addition, obtaining one requires jumping through a number of hurdles.
Shinzo Abe was taken out by a home made double-barrelled gun. World leader taken out by a science project. pic.twitter.com/Jjwx2QWJ37
— Swaleh Idris (@swaleh_idi) July 9, 2022
“To qualify for a firearm license, potential buyers must attend an all-day class, pass a written test and a shooting-range test with an accuracy of at least 95%. They also must undergo a mental health evaluation and drug tests, as well as a rigorous background check — including a review of their criminal record, personal debt, involvement in organized crime and relationships with family and friends,” CNN notes.
“After obtaining a gun, the owner must register their weapon with police and provide details of where their gun and ammunition is stored, in separate, locked compartments. The gun must be inspected by the police once a year, and gun owners must retake the class and sit an exam every three years to renew their license. The restrictions have kept the number of private gun owners in Japan extremely low.”
Clearly, however, the nation’s strict gun laws didn’t stop the assassin from creating his own guns and then using them to fatally shoot Abe.
Gun rights advocates in America say this is proof that the draconian gun laws that U.S. Democrats seek to impose on the populace would do nothing to curb violent crime (*Language warning):
How did Shinzo Abe get assassinated when guns are banned in Japan?
Liberals, care to explain?
— Lavern Spicer🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@lavern_spicer) July 8, 2022
A second international example of gun violence in just one week – this time with the tragic assassination of Shinzo Abe in Japan.
Gun laws in both Denmark and Japan have proven that they don’t stop gun crime.
Time to address mental health and stop the tyrannical talking point.
— Irene Armendariz-Jackson For Congress (@ArmendarizDis16) July 8, 2022
Worth nothing that Japan has arguably the strictest gun laws on planet Earth…
And they didn’t stop a former head of state from being shot and killed.
— Andrew Follett (@AndrewCFollett) July 8, 2022
However, gun control advocates have pushed back by correctly noting that gun violence in Japan is exceedingly rare, especially when compared to the U.S.
“It’s not only rare, but it’s really culturally unfathomable. The Japanese people can’t imagine having a gun culture like we have in the United States. This is a speechless moment. I really feel at a loss for words,” Nancy Snow of the International Security Industrial Council told CNN.
“There were just 10 shootings in 2021, with one person killed and four people injured, according to the country’s National Police Agency. The majority of shootings each year are linked to Japanese organized crime,” according to CNBC.
Conversely, there were 20,726 gun deaths, excluding suicides, in the U.S. last year, according to The Trace.
Apparently Shinzo’s assassin had another homemade gun in his home and it fr looks like something you can craft in Fallout pic.twitter.com/f5tmUDlsnA
— Siva (Closure Arc) (@NoiseEnjoyer) July 8, 2022
This, however, is the price that Americans must pay for their globally unmatched liberty, gun advocates say.
While it’s true Japan suffers from less crime, it also boasts far less liberty and individualism, according to a study published by the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) back in 1992.
“Pressure to conform and internalized willingness to do so are much stronger in Japan than in America. The spirit of conformity provides the best explanation for Japan’s low crime rate. It also explains why the Japanese people accept strict gun control,” the study notes.
“A gun ban in America similar to that in Japan would be alien to our society, which for over 300 years has had the world’s strongest gun culture. Japan’s gun laws are part of an authoritarian philosophy of government that is fundamentally at odds with America’s traditions of liberty.”
Japan’s gun laws are part of an authoritarian philosophy of government that is fundamentally at odds with America’s traditions of liberty.
— alfonso carter (@cartertrkpro) May 30, 2022
The shooting occurred Friday morning around 11:30 a.m. JST as Abe was delivering a speech in Nara on behalf of the nation’s ruling Liberal Democrat Party. Following the shooting, Abe was transported to a nearby medical hospital, where he received over 100 units of blood transfusions over the course of four hours.
“Doctors tried to stop the bleeding and did a blood transfusion but could not resuscitate him. He died shortly after 5 p.m.,” The New York Times reported.
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