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  •  This is why... (13+ / 0-)
    To get a gun in Japan, first, you have to attend an all-day class and pass a written test, which are held only once per month. You also must take and pass a shooting range class. Then, head over to a hospital for a mental test and drug test (Japan is unusual in that potential gun owners must affirmatively prove their mental fitness), which you'll file with the police. Finally, pass a rigorous background check for any criminal record or association with criminal or extremist groups, and you will be the proud new owner of your shotgun or air rifle. Just don't forget to provide police with documentation on the specific location of the gun in your home, as well as the ammo, both of which must be locked and stored separately. And remember to have the police inspect the gun once per year and to re-take the class and exam every three years.
    And a hundred gun deaths? I doubt even that number. Deaths from guns in Japan usually number in the low double digits. And when it gets even close to twenty, there is usually cause for alarm. This is an enlightening article (and where I got the above quote).
    We'll never get to that point, but it's worth trying.

    Isn’t it ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray. ~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring ~

    by MA Liberal on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 07:09:44 AM PST

    •  It really is interesting to compare the systems... (1+ / 0-)
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      I remember reading that article a while back, after a previous gun massacre (I even wrote a diary about it).  While the statistics on gun violence rates between the US and Japan are stark enough, I think it's also very interesting to look at the ideologies and legal systems that underpin the two countries.  Thanks for linking back to that Atlantic article, and thanks to the original diarist for sharing their thoughts on guns in Japan and in the US.

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