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Matt C
04-17-2007, 10:28 AM
But that's impossible, guns are illegal there!!!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070417/wl_nm/japan_shooting_repeat_dc

TOKYO (Reuters) - The mayor of the Japanese city of Nagasaki, who was shot by a man police said belonged to a crime syndicate, remained in a critical condition on Wednesday and his chances of survival were slim, doctors said.

Itcho Ito, 61, seeking re-election for a fourth term in Sunday's election, was shot at least twice in the back in front of his campaign office just before 8:00 p.m. (1100 GMT) on Tuesday, Nagasaki police said.

Tetsuya Shiroo, 59, a senior member of a local gang affiliated with Japan's largest crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi Gumi, was arrested by police on suspicion of attempted murder. A revolver he had with him was also confiscated.

The motive for the shooting remained unclear, but public broadcaster NHK said Shiroo was upset at the city's handling of a traffic accident four years ago in which his car was damaged as it passed by a public works construction site.

After an emergency operation that lasted for hours, Ito was surviving on an artificial heart and lungs, and the likelihood of resuscitating him was "very difficult," hospital doctors told a news conference, adding two bullets had reached his heart.

TV footage earlier showed the mayor lying face down on a sidewalk with his eyes closed as paramedics performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation after he was gunned down.

"I hope that the truth be revealed through vigilant investigation by authorities," Kyodo news agency quoted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as saying after news of the shooting.

Japan has very strict gun control laws and firearms are mostly in the hands of "yakuza" gangsters or hunters.

Nagasaki, on the southernmost main island of Kyushu and some 980 km (608 miles) southwest of Tokyo, was the second city to suffer an atomic bombing by the United States on August 9, 1945.

Ubergeek
04-17-2007, 10:31 AM
But that's impossible, guns are illegal there!!!

The UN spin on this would be that because of nations with 'lax' gun laws, it becomes 'too easy' for criminals living in gun ban nations to get guns.

jmlivingston
04-17-2007, 10:41 AM
TV footage earlier showed the mayor lying face down on a sidewalk with his eyes closed as paramedics performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation after he was gunned down.


Must be a new form of CPR that I'm not familiar with, back compressions rather than chest compressions. Or is the liberal media even screwing this up too?

John

Can'thavenuthingood
04-17-2007, 11:52 AM
firearms are mostly in the hands of "yakuza" gangsters or hunters.

Its time to take them away from the hunters.

Vick

Steyr_223
04-17-2007, 12:56 PM
The mayor has died from his wounds. RIP

Boomer1961
04-17-2007, 2:11 PM
firearms are mostly in the hands of "yakuza" gangsters or hunters.

Its time to take them away from the hunters.

Vick

Ya heavan forbid that they take them away from the "yakuza" gangsters because that would mean the government officials will loose their muscle in forcing people to do what was good for those government officials.

Dont Tread on Me
04-17-2007, 3:52 PM
This is why DiFi does not want us having guns. The danger to politicians.

Fate
04-17-2007, 9:13 PM
This is why DiFi does not want us having guns. The danger to politicians.

Remember, the Founding Fathers actually WANTED politicians to fear the people. ;)