Iris Chang is dead

Ms. Chang wrote one of the two books I have on the rape of Nanking–one of the best examples against gun control I have.  The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

Iris Chang, the prominent Chinese American author and journalist who fueled an international protest movement against Japan with her incendiary best-selling book, “The Rape of Nanking,” was found dead from an apparent self- inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said Wednesday.

Chang, 36, of San Jose was found in her car by a commuter about 9 a.m. Tuesday on a rural road south of Los Gatos, according to the Santa Clara County sheriff’s office.

Author of three books and many articles and columns, Chang’s most famous work was her controversial 1997 book, “The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II,” which described one of the war’s worst atrocities.

Japanese army troops massacred many Chinese in Nanjing (then called Nanking) in late 1937 and early 1938, and Chang not only believed that the horrible event was in danger of being forgotten but also accused Japanese society of collective denial about it.

I don’t have the books with me right now, but if I recall correctly it wasn’t just “many Chinese”.  It was 300,000 over a six week period.  They had decapitation contests where the Japanese used their swords to lop off the heads of as many civilians as they could find within a certain time period.  The Japanese newspapers reported on the results of the contests with pride.  They tied up women and gang raped them before killing them.  They took pictures of their civilian atrocities, many of them extremely graphic, sent them home, and sometimes even had them made into postcards.