This week, 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu took a hammer and smashed in a window at a Japanese nursing home for the disabled. He managed to accost one of the staffers, tying him up and taking his keys. Uematsu then went on a stabbing spree that left 19 disabled people dead and another 26 injured. At least 12 of the injured are reported to be in serious condition.
Japan has long been known for honor and respect, so after the stabbing, Uematsu drove to the nearest police station and turned himself. He told police:
“I did it.”
“It’s better that disabled people disappear.”
Evidently, Uematsu was upset with the facility for recently firing him.
This is the first reported mass killing in Japan since the 1995 sarin gas attack on a Tokyo subway that killed 12 and severely injured 50 others. Gun control advocates sometimes point to Japan as an example of how strict gun control can saves lives.