Gun control advocates love pointing to Japan as their model.
With headlines like, “How Japan has almost eradicated gun crime”, “How Japan Has Virtually Eliminated Shooting Deaths”, and, “The Japan lesson: Can America learn from the country that eliminated gun deaths?” the media has helped up Japan as a model.
“Almost no one in Japan owns a gun,” The Atlantic gushed.
The same can’t be said for gasoline. When Japanese mass killers want to murder a whole lot of people, they turn to basic essentials.
At least 27 people were feared dead after a fire swept through a psychiatry clinic in the Japanese city of Osaka on Friday, and police were investigating possible arson after reports a man had spilled liquid that fuelled the blaze.
It’s not the first time.
But for the third time in less than two months, a suspected arson attack has shaken the country’s sense of security.
The fire — which the police said may have been set by a man in his 50s or 60s seen carrying a leaking paper bag — came just six weeks after a train rider dressed as the Joker injured 17 people in Tokyo as he attacked passengers with a knife and tried to set a blaze on board.
Early last month, another man was arrested on arson charges after he set a fire on a bullet train in Kyushu in southern Japan.
Friday’s blaze came two years after the most notorious episode of arson in Japan’s modern history. A fire at an anime studio in Kyoto, not far from Osaka, killed 33 people and injured dozens in one of the country’s worst cases of mass murder in decades.
This sort of tactic may seem crude, but it’s actually more effective than most mass shooters.
One of the worst mass killings in the world happened in nearby South Korea when a middle-aged former taxi driver started fires on a crowded train using cartons of gasoline and a cigarette lighter that killed 192 people.
That’s almost three times worse than the Vegas mass shooting and required a fraction of the prep and the equipment.
It’s actually a very good thing that America has a gun culture and that our mass killers pretend that they’re in a movie. If they were more like Japanese or South Koreans, they’d be able to kill a lot more people with a lot fewer problems.