Approximately nine hours after former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had been shot and five hours before he had been declared dead, President Joe Biden released a statement concerning the assassination. The statement has however been met with criticism as it mentions a controversial topic, namely gun violence, which has divided the nation.
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“While there are many details that we do not yet know, we know that violent attacks are never acceptable and that gun violence always leaves a deep scar on the communities that are affected by it,” the White House statement read.
A number of conservative journalists and commentators, including Ben Shapiro and Matt Whitlock, took to Twitter in response to the president’s “odd” response, calling him out for it. It’s even been described as “perhaps the stupidest thing he has ever said,” which is a huge statement to make, in light of all the incoherent or ignorant statements he’s made since becoming president.
Joe Biden says that assassinating Shinzo Abe is a problem of "gun violence." This is perhaps the stupidest thing he has ever said, and that is saying something. pic.twitter.com/NTm1Mpwu3W
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 8, 2022
This statement is pretty odd.
Abe has been one of America’s most important strategic partners for the last decade (including the Obama years – which Biden was loosely involved in) and Biden is focusing on the larger impact of gun violence? https://t.co/me74qv6gty
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) July 8, 2022
Tiana Lowe, a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner, wrote that “Biden’s decision to hijack [Abe’s] death for domestic political expedience is more than malicious. It’s moronic.”
“It took Joe Biden nearly 12 hours to respond to the assassination of Shinzo Abe, and he managed to make his shooting — committed by a homemade gun in a country with some of the strictest gun laws on the planet — about American gun violence,” Lowe said on Twitter.
Lowe’s piece for the Washington Examiner reads:
After paying some lip service to Abe’s commitment to liberating trade in the Indo-Pacific region (recall that Abe managed to keep the Trans-Pacific Partnership alive even after Trump abandoned the trade deal and Biden refused to rejoin it), the president found the real culprit of Abe’s killing: gun violence.
“Even at the moment he was attacked, he was engaged in the work of democracy,” Biden wrote. “While there are many details that we do not yet know, we know that violent attacks are never acceptable and that gun violence always leaves a deep scar on the communities that are affected by it.”
The American leftists’ predilection for blaming guns as the root of all violence, rather than the failure of law enforcement to enforce the law, has bordered from hackneyed to insulting. But the assassination of Abe is no Uvalde, where fully armed pusillanimous police in Texas let children be slaughtered for more than an hour, or even a Highland Park, where the shooter himself was a walking red flag that any responsible adult ought to have stopped long before he ever possessed a firearm in Illinois. Japan has some of the strictest gun laws in the world. Japan had just 10 shootings last year, eight of which were related to the yakuza organized crime syndicate. Japanese law enforcement confirmed that Abe’s assassin made the gun that killed the premier, who became one of a handful of the year’s gun fatalities.
As a point of comparison, America has tens of thousands more gun deaths than Japan despite a population a little less than three times the size.
Abe’s death is a tragedy for democracy and capitalism around the world, and Biden’s decision to hijack his death for domestic political expedience is more than malicious. It’s moronic.
It has been reported that Tetsuya Yamagami, who has been identified as the suspected gunman, shot Abe with what appears to be a homemade gun during an event held on Friday in support of Abe’s reelection bid. Abe was rushed to a hospital in Nara, Japan, where he was pronounced dead at 4 a.m. EST
Breitbart news reporter Charlie Spiering tweeted that Vice President Joe Biden released his statement at 9 a.m. EST Friday, more than eight hours after former President Donald Trump released his statement.
During his first statement on the issue, Trump praised Abe, describing him as a “true friend” of the country and himself.
Trump later commented on his death, saying it was “really BAD NEWS FOR THE WORLD!”
“Few people know what a great man and leader Shinzo Abe was, but history will teach them and be kind. He was a unifier like no other, but above all, he was a man who loved and cherished his magnificent country, Japan,” the second post on Truth Social read.
“Shinzo Abe will be greatly missed. There will never be another like him!”
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ABC News reported that Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kushida said he was “lost for words” and called Abe’s murder a “heinous act.”
“It is barbaric and malicious and it cannot be tolerated,” Kushida said. “We will do everything we can, and I would like to use the most extreme words available to condemn this act.”
The attack and a motive remains under investigation, but police said the suspect told investigators that he was dissatisfied with the former prime minister and intended to kill him, according to NHK.