I don't normally try to jump on tragic events, but as a huge fan of Japanese culture, and the fact that one of my friends got killed in the blaze (went to college with him) I feel this is personal. Most Japanese people, are pretty similar in terms of their view of guns to American liberals. But as I was listening to my friend's brother crying when he called me the other day to tell me what happened, I felt it was a real hard lesson. People will use any object, whether that be a gas can and a match, a knife or a gun to commit mass killing if they think they can get away with it. Or Sarin. Etc. All taking away guns really does is drive people to do crazier alternatives. Not even most police units in Japan are armed, and they have little firearms training. It's horrible though, as anyone standing by could have shot the guy and helped stop him from burning the place down. But Japanese people are a good example of what happens when you get a population near totally disarmed: Molesters on trains that necessitate separate cars for women during peak hours Killers, even children, who go great lengths to commit grisly acts of murder People who do not know how to handle crisis management, and know no form of self defense And 30 dead people, and a burned animation studio. My prayers are with the families of the dead. Too bad nobody will learn the lesson. It feels terrible to watch this crap happen over and over.