Apparently there was a mob hit on the Mayor of Nagasaki, in Japan:
The shooting was rare in a country where handguns are strictly banned and only four politicians are known to have been killed since the Second World War.
Mayor Iccho Ito, 61, was shot twice in the back at point-blank range outside a train station Tuesday evening, Nagasaki police official Rumi Tsujimoto said.
One of the bullets struck the mayorâ€™s heart and he went into cardiac arrest, according to Nagasaki University Hospital spokesman Kenzo Kusano. Kyodo News agency and national broadcaster NHK said Ito died of his wounds early Wednesday.
Firearms are effectively are illegal in Japan, with few exceptions. Yet we can see that criminals are still able to obtain them. Japan’s violent crime rate is very low, but that is more a reflection of Japanese culture than of Japanese law.Â One can find cultures with more ubiquitous ownership of small arms that have similar rates of violent crime.Â This example would seem to indicate, that criminals in Japan who desire guns can still get them.
Be sure to check out Dave Kopel’s article on gun control in Japan.