JAPAN: 15 Dead, 45 Wounded In Knife Attack At Facility For Disabled, Lone Suspect A Former Employee

The right wing will leap on this as evidence of the supposed pointlessness of gun control. Via the Guardian:

At least 15 people have been killed and another 45 injured after a man went on a rampage with a knife at a Japanese facility for disabled people in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Japanโ€™s public broadcaster NHK said the suspect, reported to have the family name Uematsu, had been arrested after he attacked residents of the Tsukui Yamayuri En (Tsukui Lily Garden) facility in Sagamihara in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo.

The 26-year-old was arrested after turning himself in to police, NHK said. Police are investigating the motive behind the attack, which is believed to have started at about 2.30am local time. Emergency workers said 20 of the injured people were in serious condition.

The suspect is reportedly a former staffer at the facility. Some reports are now putting the number of dead at 19.

  • crewman

    As utterly horrendous as this attack, of course it would have been vastly more devastating if the weapon had been a gun.

    • Bj Lincoln

      No it wouldn’t. At least with a gun some of them and the staff might have heard the stinking coward and done something. A knife in the middle of the night is a chicken shit way to do it. There is no reason or way to respond to a quiet intruder.

  • Sam_Handwich

    Thanks, Obama!

    • Traxley Launderette

      Please, Sam, not funny right now… ๐Ÿ™

  • Baby Dave

    This is so horrible. I offer my condolences to the families of those killed in this attack, and hope the injured with recover swiftly

  • Rocco Gibraltar

    But hundreds would be dead if he had access to assault style weapons. NRA solution, all disabled persons should pack heat or they deserve consequences.

    • Greymaklin

      Japan has very tight controls on firearm ownership, I am to understand that the process of getting a license to own a weapon includes a mental health screening.

      • Romero

        Pretty much the kind of laws that should be in place in America. The US still tops in batshit crazy.

      • Ken b

        I lived there, basically there are virtually no guns. About 10 people are shot per year in that whole country of 100 million people. Those that are are virtually all members of a criminal class that shoot each other with the few handguns they have. There are no legal pistols, just some rifles and shotguns for hunting purposes. Guns serve no useful purpose in urbanized civilizations.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Oh, no. This is just awful. How do people do shit like this? (And burning the homeless, etc.)

  • unclemike

    Could the crazy PLEASE take the rest of the year off?!

    • Gigi

      Why can’t they just kill themselves first and be done with it?

      • TampaZeke

        Exactly! I’m all for these suicide attacks as long as they start with the suicide first.

      • Mark

        or just each other and leave the rest of us in peace.

  • Yixing’s Fluffer

    Murdering those with disabilities is especially horrific. What an absolute monster.

  • Traxley Launderette

    It’s a home for the disabled!

    Those poor souls had no chance to defend themselves or escape!

    My God, has the whole world gone absolutely fucking mad?!?!?!?

    I am so sickened.

    • Gigi

      He was a former staffer. And it’s believed that the killing started around 2:30 AM. Those poor people didn’t stand a chance.

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    • Baby Dave

      The whole world has indeed gone insane. This incident, the attack at Sandy Hook Elementary, the Aurora movie theatre, just about every high school or college you can imagine. I can’t really make any sense of it.

      • Mark

        I weep for our world.

        • Baby Dave

          Indeed. There si no appropriate emotion other than sorrow right now

    • Bad Tom

      There was something extra bugging me about this horrifying case. Then I remembered: the letter this man wrote to his Parliament echos a famous and dreadful study done under the Nazis called:

      “On the Release and Destruction of Lives Devoid of Value”

      I first heard of this sickening treatise while taking a course from Stephan Chorover called Psychotechnology at MIT. That course was where I learned of the equally sordid history of the lobotomy.

      The former staffer who perpetrated this latest atrocity advocated precisely what the Nazi paper did: that mentally disabled people should be put to death. In the Nazi’s case, they experimented with poison gas, settling on Zyklon-B, as the most cost-effective.

      We know how that research came to be applied during WW II.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Okay, enough of you, DNC. [mutes]

  • Gigi

    What the fuck is going on? I don’t want to ever leave my house again.

  • Bad Tom

    Has the world gone mad?

    The question seems rhetorical, but the evidence something is drastically wrong keeps mounting.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Unsupported MIME type: Humanity

      • Bad Tom

        I was listening to very happy, upbeat music.
        I had to turn it off.

        Perhaps this.

        De Profundis by Arvo Part
        The Sixteen & Harry Christophers

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IKGy1yji1s

        • KCMC

          wow. just wow.
          Lord have mercy, indeed.

        • HAAAAAAA
          • Bad Tom

            When I die, if my consciousness remains, the first thing I will ask is, “Please take me to where all the music is.”

          • HAAAAAAA

            You will find it next to the place all the books are.

          • Bad Tom

            And where all the music and all the books live is Paradise.

          • Christopher Smith

            The Fascinating Chill that Music Leaves-
            Is Earth’s corroboration
            of Ecstasy’s Impediment–
            Tis Rapture’s germination
            In Timid and Tumultuous Soil…

          • HAAAAAAA
        • ZhyKitty

          This gave me goosebumps all over just like the music from Eyes Wide Shut always does. Fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

          • Bad Tom

            You are most welcome.

            Harry Christophers is just wonderful. Anything he is involved in is superb.

        • JMG readers have some of the best taste in music, I think. Arvo is a mystical experience.

    • Circ09

      The madness gets reported and amplified now so everyone knows. But the world has always been insane.

      • Bad Tom

        I think the feedback is making it worse.

      • You’re right. There has always been insanity and evil but in 1950 we mostly had newspapers, radio the the beginning of a tv in every home. We also only had 2.6 billion people. Chemicals, plastic and mass pollution were in their infant stages. The seas were full and food was fresh and not processed. Now we have over 7 billion people on the planet and you know the rest.

        • Spudger

          The air was pretty awful even by the fifties. The water wasn’t too clean. Most major east coast cities were beginning to experience urban decay of one kind or another. The fifties were actually sort of gross.

          • Traxley Launderette

            And don’t forget the interstate highway construction boom that ran through and leveled a lot of poor, often minority neighborhoods in major urban areas — it was the beginning of the failed “Urban Renewal” experiment that re-engineered housing for the poor and destroyed some downtown districts beyond recognition.

            Ive never understood why so many people think of that era as a golden age. It was fearful, conformist, hypocritical, shallow, and hell bent on trying to control everything from the environment with chemicals, to toppling foreign governments by subversive measures.

            Oh, wait…

        • Baby Dave

          Unless you were Black in America. Or a woman in most of the world. Or gay and too poor to bribe the cops. Or living in Hungary and a known supporter of Nagy. Or living in Korea. Or Black and living in the Belgian Congo. Or living in Iran at the time the coup was staged to overthrow Mossadegh. Or in Nicaragua when we overthrew Arbenz. Or suffering from radiation sickness in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Or were Jewish in Europe, trying to sift through the mass graves to find your relatives. Or Ukranian when the famine was engineered. Or were Chagosian with a wary eye on British ships docking at your home on Diego Garcia. Or held Communist political views in the United States. Or were a Bikini Islander trying to fight radiation sickness.

          I think what you really meant to say was, life was really great if you were white, male, straight, wealthy with orthodox political views and living in America in the 1950’s.

          Kinda sucked for everyone else, though.

          • No I didn’t mean that all. In 1950 we had 2.6 billion people now we have over 7. My point was population. My second point was the development of chemicals.

    • Christopher Smith

      Not at all a rhetorical question.
      Not insane–something far worse. The world is gleefully embracing evil of all kinds, sorts, and descriptions, as it may never before have done to this degree; and thanks to the internet and social media, every evildoer knows about (and , one might say, knows period) every other sociopath.
      Insanity has virtues (cf Duparc, Schumann, van Gogh, Christopher Smart, etc. ) but this has neither the character nor the excuse of insanity.

      • Traxley Launderette

        I cosign this.

    • barracks9

      Unfortunately, there’s this sad news of the murder of a transgender woman in Mississippi to report, too. Thankfully, they have the suspect in custody. I am grateful the authorities are treating this crime (seemingly) respectfully.
      http://www.fox8live.com/story/32524530/dwanya-hickerson-charged-with-capital-murder-of-dee-whigham?sf31725661=1

    • Spudger

      There’s also the theory that the world has the same sorts of problems at the relative scale it’s always had them, but we’ve never really had the full, 30,000 foot view of all of the world’s events simultaneously in real time.

      There are seven billion people on the planet. Even once you break them all into groups, you have enough subgroups and individual spheres of experience that even if you had the news infrastructure of say, the late 1900s, you’d still be aware of only a small handful of distant conflicts over your lifetime, and may not even intersect with one within your actual sphere of experience.

    • Baby Dave

      A thousand years ago, warfare was up close and personal. Soldier would use swords to disembowel their enemy, in person, at extremely close range.

      The Inuit at the time would place their elders on ice floes when they reached a certain age and became a burden. The English locked their mentally and physically disabled people in cages. Bedlam was an actual place where horrid things beyond your imagining occurred. Proto-‘secret agents’ would throw the bodies of plague victims into wells and over castle walls, hoping to infect and kill as many as possible.Heads of those guilty of crimes were posted on pikes at the city gates of most cities, the bodies hanging in garrets until the crows picked the bones clean. Politicians of the day tried to impress people with their brutality, in a sick game of one-upmanship. The religious authorities, for that matter, also spent more time dreaming up ways to torture people into confessions than they did feeding the hungry or homeless. So casual was their disregard for human life, during the invasion of Istanbul, a cleric was implored to stop the violence as ‘there are christians in that city’. The reply was” Kill them all. God will know his own”. The clergy on the opposite side of the globe ripped the still beating heart out of a live human chest every day to ensure the sun’s rising.

      Human life back then was exactly as Hobbes described it: nasty, brutish and short.

      And it used to be much worse. The bible contains a command for the Israelites to bash the brains of the Amalakites’ children against rocks until dead. If that story has any basis in the truth at all, however remote, that in itself shows just how immoral and vile we used to be. We that that idea was divine commandment.

      Every day, I marvel at the fact that we have not become extinct by our own hand. How we have survived all these millennia is beyond me.

      Things have always been drastically wrong. Even before you knew about it, school shootings happened, people abused and even murdered children, attacked the elderly and the infirm, raped and brutalized the innocent.

      What should disturb you isn’t that things are drastically wrong. It’s that things have never been even remotely right.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    15 dead.

    Meaning you have to go to each bed (it’s 2:30AM), and stab each individual disabled person until they’re dead or close enough.

    I can’t even.

    • Paula

      He was using a knife. A gunshot would have raised an alarm much more quickly.

      • stevenj

        If the killer could even get a gun. Gun ownership in Japan is among the lowest in the world.

    • Spudger

      Yeah, it’s hard to describe it as a *spree* when you deliberately walk up to a series of immobile bodies and off them one by one. I don’t even think theres a word in either language to describe serial individual murder at that scale within a timeframe like that.

  • JT

    When you make America hate again, the whole world goes crazy.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    And Tim LaHaye gets to die peacefully of natural causes at 90.

    • Hรญna Kemenduro

      Well, I think he is now having a very difficult and frightening time. Although it sticks in the craw to wish him well, I think that it is best to do so… to have mercy upon him. He was delusional… perhaps less so now, but still utterly delusional, a raving lunatic, really. Facing what he faces now, all his fantasies stripped away… he must feel lost and devastated and very very frightened. We are all better off if he is freed from that and finds freedom… an unlikely event, but better to hope that for him. I really doubt that he is now experiencing anything remotely like peace.

      • Bad Tom

        An extremely vivid, cogent, and detailed relation of a NDE (Near Death Experience) is given by Carl Jung in Dreams, Memories, Reflections. Jung had a heart attack, and almost died. His experience is fascinating.
        ——-
        The logical conundrum of a NDE is that of course, the person involved did not die.

        This leaves critics able to claim that the experience was merely an abnormal brain process or dream, and had no basis in reality, and that a person really dead would experience nothing.

        The converse is that people who are dead cannot give us any testimony, so we have no evidence about that either way.

        But I’m not sure if there’s a meaningful distinction between a dying person dreaming themselves flying into near space, and seeing the curvature of the Earth from a perspective that no one had ever seen before (Jung experienced his NDE in 1944, before the first satellite was launched,) and actually experiencing that, because Jung brought back a fact previously unknown to him. He notes it as striking at the time.

        On the plus side, everyone eventually gets to find out what happens after death for themselves.

        • UiscePreston

          Jung didn’t know that the Earth was round? His subconscious imagination couldn’t process and extrapolate a curved horizon on its own? Ouch. Good thing he wasn’t an astronomer or artist.

          And who says that NDE are abnormal? Cats will purr while dying. Nature has a way of placating its creatures at the end. As the human brain loses oxygen it dumps its hormonal contents and its tight grip on our memories. Because of Marilu Henner and people with hyperthymesia, researchers posit a link between adrenaline surges and detailed memory
          recollection. The brain doesn’t want us to suffer so it floods us with goodness. Intensely happy memories. Palliative brain chemicals.

          Pupils dilate causing a rush of “heavenly” light. The optic nerve shutting down results in tunnel vision. Etc, etc, etc.

          NDEs are similar in many respects to psychedelic trips of euphoria and surreal visions.

          What is natural and physical about the death process came to be explained away as supernatural and metaphysical by the primitive capacity of early man.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        He’s dead, Jim.

  • bkmn

    Working at facilities like this can take a toll on a person. If that person was also prone to mental illness it would be even worse. I hope the survivors have a quick recovery.

  • HAAAAAAA
    • KCMC

      Indeed. Thanks.

  • KCMC

    Kuebiko: a state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence.

    • Greymaklin

      Also, a Shinto deity concerned with the knowledge of agriculture and represented as a scarecrow that cannot move but is fully conscious.

  • Falconlights

    This is horrible. Maybe the only consolation is that the killer didn’t have an assault weapon. And the poor residents…

  • Hue-Man

    Joe, being a teenager, hasn’t had to give as much thought to what happens when we start losing it physically or mentally and require residential care. Stories like this are not re-assuring even though 99.9% of care-givers are doing the best for their “residents”.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Waiting for the anime version to come out.

  • Carl

    Hey, Fox News and your ilk….. try not to look positively giddy when you report this story.

  • clungeflaps

    This seems to happen all the time in Japan. When I lived over there, there was a mass stabbing in Shibuya, like 20 people were stabbed to death mid day, and nobody did anything to stop the guy. There’s also frequent stabbings in schools, where somebody is bullied and they take revenge by going on a stabbing spree.

    Japan is a messed up very repressed country, the culture encourages people to commit suicide if they are the least bit different from the norm.

    I can’t imagine how violent it would be if guns were legal over there.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Wow! I had no idea!

      • clungeflaps

        Yeah, for some reason people in the US seem to think that living in Japan is like an anime program, but real. I can tell you from experience the country definitely has a very fucked up dark side to it.

        Also far more racist and xenophobic than the most republican parts of the south. I frequently got spat or yelled at, and refused service at restaurants when I lived there. It’s just part of life over there.

      • Mikey

        neither does clungeflaps, apparently.

    • Spudger

      Crime in japan has been falling precipitously for over a decade with the overall incidences of crime in Japan falling to half the levels they were in 2002. Don’t let sensationalist coverage of individual incidences paint a picture of a violent society held at bay. Yes, there is repression and conformity, but it’s a western conceit that Japanese society is somehow a powderkeg because that fits the narrative of the latent unrest our own societies are dealing with. If anything, recent social analyses have suggested the Japanese suffer more from malaise than a desire to fuck shit up. Attempts over the decades by the nationalists to stir up social revolution and upend the order have usually gone over like a wet fart.

      And no, the culture doesn’t “encourage suicide” in the fashion you suggest – but it does push consensus and monolithic group identity to the point that for many, it may seem like the only option if they can’t seem to fit into those molds. Just like any other highly conformist culture does. The seppuku thing (where most westerners get the idea that the japanese are suicide-happy) is an outlier – historically it was done as a resolution for a transgression or other breach of honor among the aristocracy and samurai classes. This is why every once in a while, you hear of some exec offing themselves because their professional decisionmaking has resulted in the death or injury of others. But that’s not the same as Japanese society *encouraging* or even condoning suicide in an everyday context.

      • TKW

        You took the words right out of my mouth. Well sort of. You said it far better than I could have!

      • RoFaWh

        What causes of the drop in crime rate have been mooted?

        • Spudger

          Honestly, I don’t remember the specifics. I think part of it is that Japan is getting old, fast. But that’s a guess.

    • James

      As usual, literally nothing you’ve written here is true. First, violent attacks not involving gangs are extremely rare, which is why when they do happen they’re big news. Second, while there are occasional knife attacks, “stabbing sprees” are very unusual. Third, Japanese culture does not encourage people to commit suicide. And fourth, while like every society Japan is not 100% free of violence, and sometimes Japanese people do horrible, violent things, by all measures it is one of the safest countries in the world.

  • TampaZeke

    Not that it will matter to those defending the gun cult, but imagine how many people he would have killed had he had an AR-15 or AK-47 and the same opportunity.

  • WebSlinger

    ALL 0.01%-owned news outlets manipulate their viewers with forms of addictive polarization, us-against-them, right vs. wrong, scape goating, demagoguery, and impending doom (caused by the “other”).

    What you -won’t- hear from 0.01%-owned media, whether rightist or leftist, is our real problem, which is 0.01% ownership of 90% national media, 0.01% ownership of our lawmakers and lawmaking process, and an ever-increasing share of our national wealth redistributing into 1% hands.

    http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/shared/npr/styles/placed_wide/nprshared/201408/326205080.jpeg

    http://kuow.org/post/bingeing-bad-news-can-fuel-daily-stress

  • nowhereman

    No–it’s not a talking point for gunnuts. Imagine how many more would be dead with an AR15, cop killer bullets and a high capacity magazine/clip or what ever the eff you gunnuts call them. Limiting him to a knife did keep the death count down.

    • Spudger

      Gun nuts aren’t good with relating numbers and context.

  • another_steve

    In my personal fantasy life, this is what I hope for:

    Every public institution, every public venue, employ at least one or more highly vetted and trained gunner who’s on duty as long as required.

    I want these highly vetted and trained gunners to blow the heads off of mass-murderers, before they can murder multiple innocent human beings.

    • Spudger

      A civilized society should attempt to apprehend even the most monstrous offender in order to bring them to justice. A world in which things like this are solved by hiring someone to “blow the heads off” offenders is not a world in which the rule of law holds sway.

      • another_steve

        Idealism must give way to the species-survival instinct, always. Imo. In a beneficent, life-sustaining manner.

        The species survival instinct is ingrained in the genome of every species, including our species.

        • pepรณn

          No, it must not. We are better than our instincts. That is what distinguishes us from animals.

          • another_steve

            “That is what distinguishes us from animals.”

            We are animals. We’re mammals. We’re special only in that we have awareness of the fact.

            Self-protection is the way of nature. No species survives if it doesn’t self-defend.

            Absolutely no species survives if it doesn’t self-defend.

          • HAAAAAAA

            All plants have self defence mechanisms some deadly some not.

        • Spudger

          We are not responsible enough as a species for that not to dissolve into anarchy and insanity. There is no good outcome for humanity, including you Steve, if we sanction people explicitly to kill other people merely at their own discretion. We haven’t even quite figured out how to control the members of our society we arm in order to be used as a last resort. They keep, you know, killing people they shouldn’t be killing. And that’s a system in which they’re supposed to be *discouraged* to use lethal force. Imagine those assholes if “the gloves came off”

    • Does your personal fantasy life figure out how we control these gunners? Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? This is always the question – giving someone the unrestrained power of life and death leaves the way open for the loosening of the restrictions on determining what a mass murderer looks like. What does a mass murderer look like? How does the gunner distinguish between a mass murderer and a citizen in open carry states?

      • another_steve

        Reasonable questions, Grumpy. I have no facile answers.

        I begin with the premise that there’s a gate and that the barbarians are pressing at it. If you (generic “you”) reject that notion, read no further.

        So we must protect ourselves. We must not allow ourselves to be innocent club-goers in Orlando Florida and be gunned down on the dance floor.

        Far-leftist “anti-gun-ists” have no viable solution to the problem.

        The solution, I’d suggest, is somewhere in the center.

        • Reasonable answer but I always end up in a German bar when I think about everyone being armed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h5auYAwoiw
          There are no good answers – only good questions.

        • Mikey

          the problem with using “innocent club-goers in Orlando, Florida” in your argument, is that there WAS an armed guard in the club. An off-duty police officer, armed and ready, was on-site at the time and yet, was unable to stop the massacre.

          So while you might think the “far-leftist ‘anti-gun-ists’ have no viable solution to the problem”, you will be forced to face the simple fact that they are the ones closer to the solution than the “far-rightist pro-gun-ists” who would see every single citizen armed to the teeth.

          By the way, one doesn’t need to be socialist to be anti-gun, nor capitalist to be pro-gun. As a matter of fact, neither political extreme has anything to do with beliefs regarding gun-ownership.

          • another_steve

            I reject completely the argument/goal to disarm the citizenry. It won’t happen. Twenty years from now, with a future generation of 3-D printing technology, people will be manufacturing firearms in their basements. The bad guys will always get access to lethal weapons.

            Prohibition in the U.S. was a failure. Liquor was outlawed for the most part but those who wanted it obtained it with little problem.

            So for me, the question/issue is how best to protect ourselves.

            How best to avoid another Orlando.

    • James

      Quite a lot of us don’t want armed goons at every public venue, thanks. And if we’re talking about Japan, it would be utterly bizarre and truly unnecessary.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Insane rage.

  • Kevin Perez

    HOW COME HITLERY IS AFRAID TO CALL IT WHAT IT IS!!!111!!! ISLAMO-TERRORISM!!11!!!!!111
    Oh, wait. It wasn’t terrorism at all. Just a psycho with a knife.
    nevermind /emilylitella

    • Bad Tom

      Please, don’t.

  • Bad Tom

    A Musical Offering For These New Victims

    Aisslinn Nosky plays for the Handel and Hayden Society in Boston.
    Harry Christophers calls her excellent.

    We plead a balm for the aching soul.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf5YhVzd450
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igBWxMLRuPM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMKLSC5eTuc
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk7RAY-P5E4

    ——-
    JMG is the only blog I know where commenters regularly post music as a response to world events.

    • HAAAAAAA

      Because sometimes we have no words to express our sadness, revulsion or our pain. And music speaks to all living things, animal and vegetable.

      โ€œBeethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you
      what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the
      universe.โ€

      โ€• Douglas Noel Adams

      • RoFaWh

        But what does Haydn, the third of the great classical triumvirate, tell us?

        The answer is that while Mozart tells us what it’s like to be a human, it’s the dramatic, emotional side of life he depicts. Haydn depicts the rest, from rinsing out the coffee pot to taking the dog for a walk after dinner.

        We are quite fortunate these days in that the complete oeuvres of the triumvirate (and Bach) are readily obtainable.

  • TKW

    OMG, I grew up in Sagamihara when it was a small rural town. This so saddens me. So much has changed over a lifetime, across the world. ๐Ÿ™

    • OSG

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      • clungeflaps

        It’s not difficult for me to believe at all. I remember stabbings like this happening monthly when i lived over there.

        • OSG

          ่ชฐใงใ‚‚ใŒใ“ใพใ‚Œใ‚‹ใปใฉใซใจใฉใ‹ใ›ใ‚‹ใฎไบ‹ใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใชใ‚“ใงใ—ใ‚‡ใ†ใจใ€‚ใ€‚ใ€‚

  • It does seem there is an uptick in mass killings by crazed individuals. Still, I have to wonder if we are really worse off as a species than we were even decades ago. If you read about the casual attitude people had about lynchings and public executions that were apparently commonplace here only 100 years ago, you’d realize we’re still in a better place today.

    http://www.phawker.com/2015/02/11/strange-fruit-from-1877-1950-the-public-lynching-of-blacks-was-american-spectator-sport/

    Note: some of the details depicted here are offensive and difficult to take.

    • Canadian Observer

      You are so right James, the material was grotesque, but not sensationalistic, the facts themselves are what is grotesque – but thank you for providing the link. Disturbing as hell, but I am glad you drew attention to it.

  • Blake Jordan

    Disabled people, while they were asleep… definitely not the case to use when saying the absence of guns does not prevent mass killings!!!

  • ExGayTherapyKills

    Are they going to ban all knives?

  • Merv99

    The obvious solution is to hand out a glock, half a dozen high capacity magazines, and a thousand rounds of ammo to each and every resident and staff member of that facility. An armed facility for disabled people is a polite facility for disabled people.

  • James

    I know there’s no point in saying this to any ammosexual, but Japan’s strict gun laws are simply not a factor here. The Japanese police carry guns, and had they been able to get there in time, they doubtless would have shot the assailant. This was a disgruntled former employee with detailed knowledge of the facility and schedules, who crept in at night and quietly murdered as many truly defenseless people as he could, and then turned himself in.

  • Margueritesrivera3

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