The recent murder of nineteen disabled people in Japan did not cause the outpouring of rage and grief that many other instances of violence have caused around the globe. In fact, it was astonishingly underreported. There are, I think, a few reasons for this. Firstly, the killer didn’t use a gun so the gun-banning crowd had nothing from the incident that they could use to further their agenda. Secondly, it wasn’t an act of Muslim terrorism so you didn’t have that ready-made angle. It’s almost like we only pay attention to the tragedies which confirm our beliefs and can be used to further our agendas. But lastly, I believe this tragedy escaped the notice of so many simply because the victims were just disabled people.
I mean it. I don’t believe that people openly think ‘they had it coming’ but it’s more of a ‘hey, at least they’re not suffering anymore’ mindset. This view is eerily similar to the words the killer used to explain his actions.
Satoshi Uematsu, the alleged killer, wrote in part:
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