As a result of yet another mass murder in the United States, President Barack Obama’s solution to stem the ever increasing level of gun crime is to do some “soul searching” on ways to reduce gun crime in the US.
Soul searching? Yes, that will do it!
Americans can do all the soul searching they like, but this will NOT reduce gun crime. There is only one way to reduce gun crime and that is gun control!
However, it is clearly obvious that Americans are not interested in soul searching, or gun control, or any infringement of their “rights”. They remain deeply mistrusting of their government, public administrators, their neighbours, minorities (both racial and religious), and declare that they need weapons to protect themselves from these groups, and because the American “psyche” revolves around gun ownership and the use of violence to settle a score! Americans have already done all the “soul searching” they are going to do about gun ownership – none!
Americans want guns!
So they will soul search, procrastinate, deliberate, ponder, consider and generally do nothing, the Enemy Within will continue to carry out senseless acts of carnage against innocent citizens of the United States.
Gun crime is managed by gun control and minimising gun ownership – clear and simple!!
This is clearly evident when you consider gun ownership in Japan
Civilians can almost never own handguns.
There is no right to bear arms in Japan. In practical terms, and there is no right to privacy against police searches for weapons. Other Western-style rights designed to protect citizens from a police state are also non-existent or weak in Japan, and yet Japan could never be referred to as a police state.
There are reportedly 77 handguns in civilian possession in Japan, most of these being owned by registered sportsmen. The rate of registered firearms per 100 people in Japan is 0.32. Gun crime does occur in Japan, but in extremely low numbers. There were only 30 crimes committed in 1989 but these occurred with shotguns or air rifles. With no legal civilian handgun possession, Japan experiences in an average year less than 200 violent crimes perpetrated with a handgun, and these almost always are perpetrated by Boryokudan, an organised crime group. Most gun crimes involve the unlicensed possession of a handgun, and not the commission of crime. In the years after the Second World War, former US soldiers were the major source of illegal guns. Today, all illegal guns in Japan are smuggled from overseas (especially from the Philippines and the United States) by organised crime groups.
Robbery is almost as rare as murder. Indeed, armed robbery and murder are both so rare that they usually make the national news, regardless of where they occur. Japan’s robbery rate is 1.4 per 100,000 inhabitants. The reported American rate is 220.9. Yes that’s 220 times more frequent.
Source: David B Kopel
Japan is a clear example of how no gun ownership means no gun crime! There is surely a lesson to be learned from this?
“The death toll from small arms dwarfs that of all other weapons systems — and in most years greatly exceeds the toll of the atomic bombs that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In terms of the carnage they cause, small arms, indeed, could well be described as ‘weapons of mass destruction’.” — Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General, March 2000