Friday’s shooting of Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will change the country "forever," a security expert said.
“It’s not only rare, but it’s really culturally unfathomable,” Nancy Snow, Japan director of the International Security Industrial Council, told CNN. “The Japanese people can’t imagine having a gun culture like we have in the United States. This is a speechless moment. I really feel at a loss for words. I pray for the best for the former prime minister.
“What this will do to the national psyche of a people who move about freely and have a social contract with each other, that they will not resort to this type of violence … I am devastated thinking about that.”
Snow said Japan has been an “oasis” and had “shown what it can teach the US about guns.”
“I think (Friday’s shooting) will change Japan, unfortunately forever,” she said.