Forensic police investigate the crime scene in Kawasaki on May 28, 2019. Photo: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images
At least 17 schoolchildren and 2 adults were stabbed in Kawasaki, Japan, on Tuesday morning outside a bus stop, the New York Times reports.
The latest: Two victims died from the attack, a 39-year-old parent and an 11-year-old girl. The attacker, described as a man in his 50s, died from a self-inflicted wound. The attack took place as the schoolchildren were waiting for a bus to a local Catholic school.
The backdrop: Knife attacks are more common in Japan than gun violence. The country bans handguns — only allowing shotguns and air rifles — and has strict gun control measures, per the BBC. Gun owners are required to take a criminal background check, mental health tests, a written exam, a full day of classes, a shooting range test, and fulfill other requirements before purchasing a gun.