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    Japanese Man Kills Officer
    Thursday, May 17, 2007 5:58 PM EDT
    The Associated Press
    By CHISAKI WATANABE

    TOKYO (AP) — A man went on a shooting rampage in his central Japan home Thursday, killing a policeman, wounding three other people — including his son and daughter — and taking his wife hostage, news reports and police said.

    Hundreds of police surrounded 50-year-old Hisato Obayashi's tree-shrouded house in a tense standoff in Nagakute city overnight and into Friday morning. One news report said Obayashi was a former mobster.

    As the violence in the suburb of Nagoya erupted, an unidentified emergency caller to police cried, "My father has gone berserk with a gun!" Kyodo News agency reported.

    The shooting was the latest in a series of unusually violent attacks in Japan, a country known for its low crime rates and tight gun laws. Last month, the mayor of Nagasaki was shot and killed, a crime police said a mobster admitted to.

    The sequence of events was still unclear, but Obayashi appeared to have taken his wife hostage, shot his children and then shot at police responding to the emergency call. The wounded received medical treatment.

    Several people were heard arguing outside the suspect's house late Thursday afternoon followed by the sound of five or six gunshots, national daily Asahi said in its Friday morning edition, quoting a male worker near the scene.

    Police confirmed that police officer Kazuho Hayashi, 23, was shot and killed while trying to evacuate a wounded policeman. Hayashi was a member of a special assault team handling hijacking and hostage crises, according to Kyodo.

    Officials said two other people, Kento Obayashi, 25, and Risa Obayashi, 21 had been shot and wounded. News reports said that Kento and Risa were the gunman's children, but police would not confirm that.

    Police said that as of Friday morning, they had not fired a shot in return, and had cordoned off the residential area surrounding Obayashi's home.

    "The suspect is still holding his hostage," said a police official who spoke on condition he only be identified by his last name, Yamaguchi. News reports said the hostage was Obayashi's wife, but police could not confirm that.

    Public broadcaster NHK reported that Obayashi had once been a gangster. Kyodo said Obayashi was demanding to be put in contact with his daughter. It was unclear if he was referring to the one who was shot or whether he had a second daughter.

    The incident comes just a month after the mayor of Nagasaki was fatally shot in an attack by officials have blamed on an organized crime chief, and a gangster attack that took place in the streets of a Tokyo suburb only a few days later.

    The use of guns is still relatively alien to the Japanese public. Handguns are strictly banned, and only police officers and others professionals such as shooting instructors can own them. Hunting rifles are also strictly licensed and regulated.

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    May Officer Hiyashi rest in peace, he died an honorable death, trying to save others. He was our brother, even though he was on the far side of the globe!
    "You're never fully dressed without a smile."

    Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

    Three things I know for sure: (1) No bad deed goes unrewarded, (2) No good deed goes unpunished, and (3) It is entirely possible to push the most devoted, loyal and caring person beyond the point where they no longer give a 5h!t.

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    They didn't protect the mayor of a major Japanese city (I believe it was Hiroshima) either when he was shot to death by a gang member about the same time as the VA Tech shootings. The VA incident was reported more widely here at the time, while the Japanese incident widely ignored by our media. Also ignored by our media is the Japanese suicide problem. Sara Brady (et al) and her organization complain about the wide use of firearms in the US in suicides (more than 50% of firearms deaths in the U.S. are suicides), but ignore the fact that in Japan the lack of firearms has had no effect on the percentage of people who kill themselves. By the way, in my opinion the general lack of firearms among the populace of Japan doesn't show much concern for the safety of the individual officers as much as the overall security of the government.
    "I'm not fluent in the language of violence, but I know enough to get around in places where it's spoken."

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      Strict Gun Laws.

      Another thing that Sarah Brady, Hillary Clinton, Charlie Schumer, Jesse Jackson, et al, don't seem to understand , is that jurisdictions in the U.S. with the strictest anti-gun laws, also have some of the highest violent crime rates.Of course, you'll never hear this from MSNBC, CNN, CBS, and other media. Hillary speaks often of a "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy". What she never really acknowleges is her major part in a vast conspiracy to disarm law abiding Americans. In the United States in any given year, more people are killed and maimed in automobile accidents than they are by guns. I have yet to hear of an attempt to ban automobiles.

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        Originally posted by PhilipCal View Post
        Another thing that Sarah Brady, Hillary Clinton, Charlie Schumer, Jesse Jackson, et al, don't seem to understand , is that jurisdictions in the U.S. with the strictest anti-gun laws, also have some of the highest violent crime rates.Of course, you'll never hear this from MSNBC, CNN, CBS, and other media. Hillary speaks often of a "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy". What she never really acknowleges is her major part in a vast conspiracy to disarm law abiding Americans. In the United States in any given year, more people are killed and maimed in automobile accidents than they are by guns. I have yet to hear of an attempt to ban automobiles.
        Heck Yea- I hate gun control!! Fires me up big time.
        "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms. . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." - Thomas Jefferson

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