The Mayor of the Japanese city of Nagasaki died yesterday after allegedly being gunned down by a member of a yakuza gang.
Itcho Ito, 61, seeking election for a fourth term in Sundays election, was shot at least twice in the back outside his campaign office late on Tuesday night, Police said.
Tetsuya Shiro, 59 a senior member of a gang affiliated with Japans largest crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi-Gumi, was arrested by police. A revolver he had with him was confiscated.
Without going into the gory details, and political issues concerning this cowardly shooting, it seems to be very clear to me that killing is made so much easier if you have a gun; apposed to other means which require more time and effort - meaning - slow to carry out and giving the selected victims opportunity to disperse - away from danger. Solo killings with Knives and blunt weapons usually occur when people are asleep, or when awake two or more persons in company find safety in numbers, but not so with a automatic gun.
Professional (hit men) killers who are hired for the job to eliminate a rival of the client in most cases, do not splatter all and sundry, some times this sort of thing turns out to be good for the community. The worst scenarios are those when a person becomes distraught and uncontrollable and has access to a weapon(gun)made easy by the lax laws of his community. It is at this type of situation where the tightening of gun controls could make a start and move forward from there.
Japan has very strict gun control laws and firearms are mostly in the hands of yakuza gangsters or hunters.
A State-by-State Look at Gun laws in the US
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