News spread quickly as reports came in that former Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, was shot during a political speech.

The shooting actually took place in Nara, Japan and a suspect was immediately taken into custody and identified by the media.

Shinzo Abe has unfortunately since passed.

As news developed, many remarked upon the rarity of gun violence in Japan, where strict gun control is in place.

As is typical in the responses following all shootings, political statements on the effectiveness of gun control quickly emerged in the wake of tragedy and chaos.

Others remarked on the potential political implications of an attempted assassination on the former PM.

There were some reports that Chinese nationalists were allegedly celebrating the news of the shooting.

Most public responses, however, expressed sadness and compassion for the former PM. Shinzo Abe was known as a respected US ally.

The assassination of former Japanese PM, Shinzo Abe is a shocking development in an era where the world has been on a prolonged cycle of anything but “normal” news.

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