Memo to Democrats in Wake of Abe Assassination: Japan's Gun-Control Laws Among the Strictest in the World

Another “violent gun crime,” another Democrat rush to call for further restricting the Second Amendment rights of American citizens. As reported by RedState, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated on Friday morning while delivering a campaign speech in Nara, Japan.


Like clockwork, as reported by my colleague Brandon Morse, Joe Biden’s White House nearly broke its gun-control neck as it rushed to put out another predictable, exploitative statement, purportedly under Biden’s name, who, chances are, was still asleep. Either way, here’s how some of that reads:

While there are many details that we do not yet know, we know that violent attacks are never acceptable and that gun violence always leaves a deep scar on the communities that are affected by it.

This ridiculous claim has become so trite I’m not even going to comment on it.

“Biden” said, in full:

I am stunned, outraged, and deeply saddened by the news that my friend Abe Shinzo, former Prime Minister of Japan, was shot and killed while campaigning. This is a tragedy for Japan and for all who knew him. I had the privilege to work closely with Prime Minister Abe. As Vice President, I visited him in Tokyo and welcomed him to Washington.

He was a champion of the Alliance between our nations and the friendship between our people. The longest-serving Japanese Prime Minister, his vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific will endure. Above all, he cared deeply about the Japanese people and dedicated his life to their service.

Even at the moment he was attacked, he was engaged in the work of democracy. While there are many details that we do not yet know, we know that violent attacks are never acceptable and that gun violence always leaves a deep scar on the communities that are affected by it. The United States stands with Japan in this moment of grief. I send my deepest condolences to his family.


Just one problem. Two, actually, with the first one being “laughable,” only in respect to the left’s predictable rush to demand additional gun-control measures after every mass shooting or other high-profile “gun crime.” As reported by the Associated Press, the shooter used “a double-barreled device that appeared to be a handmade gun.” This raises a simple question, my Democrat friends:

Can you point me to one Democrat-demanded gun-control law that would have stopped the assassin from apparently making his own weapon and killing Abe with it? Cue the “Final Jeopardy” music; I’ll wait.

And now the real fly in the Democrat gun-grabber ointment.

Japan has among the most restrictive gun-control laws in the world. According to the University of Sydney’s, Japan bans so-called “assault weapons,” handguns, and private gun sales.

In addition, certain rifles and shotguns are the only firearms that Japanese citizens people are allowed to legally own, and the process to legally obtain legal guns is difficult at best.


A would-be shotgun or rifle purchaser must first acquire a gun owner’s license, which is dependent upon passing a rigorous criminal and mental health background check, and submitting acceptable third-party character references. Moreover, a would-be gun owner’s family history is thoroughly searched to ensure the individual has no propensity for violence.

Um, Joe? Entire Democrat Party? CNN and MSNBC? [Cue the crickets.]

In addition, there’s no set time by which background checks must be completed, and even when they are, purchasers are limited to one firearm. Finally, the license must be renewed every three years.

Yet, the former prime minister of Japan lies dead in a morgue, today; not as a result of “gun violence,” but of the actions of a determined individual who plotted to take Abe’s life — presumably by any means necessary, so he made his own weapon and carried out his plan.

Evil does not follow laws, my Democrat friends. That is the practice of law-abiding Americans; including law-abiding Americans who also own guns. Meanwhile, facts matter not: The Democrat gun-grabber song remains the same.

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