In Toyko, Japan, a 25 year old man who was “tired of life” allegedly killed 7 and injured 11 – without a gun.
The reportedly police identified the man as Tomohiro Kato, 25, who lives just west of Toyko in the Shizuoka prefecture. Police say that Tomohiro zigzagged his way though a busy marketplace, running down pedestrians with his van, then exited his van and stabbed those nearby.
As far as gun rights are concerned, I see two implications here:
1. This is further evidence that those who wish to commit horrendous crimes can and will do so, whether they have guns or not. Banning or heavily restricting gun ownership serves only to deprive law abiding citizens of the special security that gun ownership provides, while failing to stop criminals.
2. Having law abiding citizens with concealed carry can prevent or limit tragedies such as this. Such killings, along with numberous school shootings, have all taken place in areas where law abiding citizens were not allowed to carry firearms. This leaves the law abiding citizens defenseless, while the criminals bent on murder will commit their crimes without regard for the legal consequences.