We hear from anti-Second Amendment types all the time about how restricting guns will somehow stop mass murders in the United States. In particular, they focus on mass shootings and often use a definition that broadens such things to the point that they’re not really mass murders anymore.
Yet a recent event in Tokyo is going to make it a bit harder for them.
You see, a whole lot of people got injured by a knife-wielding maniac dressed as The Joker.
As many as 17 people were injured as they headed for Halloween parties in the city.
Witnesses say the suspect sprayed a clear liquid around the carriage and set it alight.
Video footage showed passengers running through carriages away from flames and clambering out of train windows.
“I thought it was a Halloween stunt,” one witness told the Yomiuri newspaper about the attack. “Then, I saw a man walking this way, slowly waving a long knife.”
The attack happened at around 20:00 local time (11:00 GMT) near Kokuryo station, in the city’s western suburbs. Eyewitnesses said the suspect was wearing a bright purple and green suit.
Media reports say the man was arrested by police on the spot.
Ten people were injured by a knife-wielding man on another Tokyo commuter train in August. In 2019, a man attacked a group of schoolchildren waiting for a bus in Kawasaki, killing two and injuring at least 18 others.
Luckily, no one was killed, which some will say was true because Japan has strict gun control laws.
However, we’ve seen numerous “mass shootings,” as reported by the media–called such by using a definition not used by any law-enforcement agency in the nation–where fewer people were injured and where a firearm is present. In other words, the fact that he injured so many people with a knife doesn’t necessarily mean he would have hurt or killed as many with a firearm.
What it does tell us, though, is that violent maniacs will do whatever they can to hurt others. They simply don’t care about human life. In this case, the attacker hoped he’d kill someone so he could be put to death.
In other words, this is a really screwed-up suicide attempt. If only these jackwagons could start with themselves and leave the innocent out of it. Unfortunately, if these people had brains enough to recognize the wisdom of that, they probably wouldn’t consider this brand of evil to begin with.
Yet I also can’t help but wonder how Japan’s strict gun control laws made this attack in Tokyo even worse. After all, if one person had lawfully had a gun, they might have been able to end the attack long before so many people were hurt. Somehow, I don’t think that will factor into the thinking of the anti-Second Amendment types.
No, they’ll look at Tokyo and see it through the rose-colored glasses they use to see everything so black and white. They can’t comprehend the possibility that gun control laws might actually be useless in stopping these kinds of people.
Then again, I don’t think they actually care about that. Mass shootings or an attack like we see in Tokyo will always be manipulated to serve their purposes.