by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist
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Have you heard? There was another major city mass killing just yesterday. 33 victims are confirmed dead, and another 36 were injured, but the investigation is ongoing. Earlier in the day, the death toll stood at 23, but victims continued to be discovered.
The death toll is eclipsed by only two modern day mass-shootings in America – Las Vegas and Orlando.
But wait – you haven’t heard? How could there be a mass-killing of dozens without it being reported?
Witnesses claim that a man burst into the offices of an animation production company and started screaming “You Die!”
Again – how is it that we haven’t heard?
Well, it may be that the animation company wasn’t in Hollywood or even in America. It was in Kyoto, Japan.
That may be, but we still heard, almost immediately, of the mass-shooting in New Zealand, where the population of the entire country is less than 5 million people. The population of Kyoto is about 1.5 million. That’s about 30% of the population of all of New Zealand.
How can this be, you may ask, obviously being aware of Japan’s strict gun laws?
For those who aren’t aware, according to Business Insider, Japan is a country of 127 million people and yearly gun deaths rarely total more than 10. A 1958 Japanese law mandated that, “no person shall possess a firearm or firearms or a sword or swords.”
So with this established, how did this happen and again, why haven’t we heard?
Well, because this mass-killing was not a mass-shooting and had nothing at all to do with guns. That’s right, but I’ll venture a guess that virtually everyone who reads this or hears about this incident will just assume it is about “gun violence.”
It was still a mass-killing, but it was done by an arsonist using accelerants, gasoline, which caused the fire to spread so quickly that people simply could not escape.
“Police gave no details on the motive [of the 41 old man], but a witness told Japanese TV that the attacker angrily complained that something of his had been stolen, possibly by the company.”
“He sounded he [sic] had a grudge against the society, and he was talking angrily to the policemen, too, though he was struggling with pain,” the witness told Kyoto News. “He also sounded he had a grudge against Kyoto Animation.”
The point of bringing this horrific event to light is not to belittle the tragedy in any way. It’s just to point out that you will not likely find it highlighted on any leftist news site or on leftist cable news, because there were no “scary guns” involved. And that it’s obviously because they cannot use the awful event to wring their hands, lecture us and further their push for more gun control.
It’s also to point out that if a gun isn’t available, a knife or machete, a bomb, a truck, or a few gallons of easily attainable gasoline will still “get the job done.”
Fact is that this lunatic probably killed and injured more people with smoke and fire than he could have with a scary semi-automatic weapon.