JAPAN: Disarming Idea

Taking a shot at the gun lobby

The Japanese, unlike the Americans, deplore firearms. Their gun-control laws would bring tears to the eyepieces of the National Rifle Association of America. Last year Japan recorded only about one shooting murder per 2.27 million people (50 such killings in all); the U.S. total was one per 20,267 (or 10,698 in all). The Japanese did commit 1,075 other murders, but their methodology runs to the more intimate contact weapon, such as the kitchen knife or the blunt instrument.

But if the Japanese shun guns, they adore models of the real thing....

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