Does Japan Need Stricter Knife Laws?

knife attackAmidst all of the current political chaos in the United States due to election season, all is not well elsewhere in the world. In the region of Sagamihara, Japan something unthinkable happened. Children lay asleep in there bed on the night of July 25th, 2016 at the Tsukui Yamayuri-en facility for disabled children. A madman by the name of Satoshi Uematsu broke through a window and began to carry out his attack. He used a knife he had on his person and wantonly took the lives of 19 men, women, and children; also injuring over 25 people. This attack will go down as the worst mass killing Japan has seen since World War II. This all happened in a country with one of the lowest murder rates in the world, and also some of the strictest gun control in the world as well.

Why do I mention the strict gun control? I talk about gun control because even though Japan had strict gun control laws, they did not stop a mad man with a knife from conducting one of the worst mass killing in Japan’s history. I guess Japan needs more knife control. Maybe with stricter knife laws, this attack would not have happened right? That is the mindset of the typical American Liberal. However, that could not be further from the truth. Maybe Japan should make homicide illegal. Oh wait, it already is. Maybe the attacker didn’t know the laws regarding homicide, or maybe, just maybe, he did not care. The thing with murder is, it does not matter what laws are on the books. If someone has no respect for human life and is determined to take as many lives as possible, he won’t care about laws or regulations. He will take human lives with whatever tool he can get his hands on. Whether that be a gun, knife, blunt object, poison, etc. Killers will always find a way to kill, even if with just their bare hands.

We don’t need more laws and regulation on guns or knives. What we need to do is teach or young children about the sanctity of ALL human life. The Sagamihara killer had a very deranged mindset. He believed that some lives matter more than others, as he felt disabled people should be erased from the planet. All human life matters, period. If we can teach children about the sanctity of human life and to respect their fellow man, then, and only then, will we begin to see the results of our teachings.


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