Japan Has Almost Completely Eradicated Gun Violence, Meanwhile In America …

Gun Violence

Japan seems to have a handle on gun violence. If you want to obtain a firearm in the island-nation, you are going to need determination and quite a bit of time on your hands.

gun violence

Japan ranks as one of the least violent countries in the world according to the Global Peace Index. Meanwhile, the U.S ranks at just 103 out of 165. That places the United States at just two spots shy of Uganda. Uganda, a poorly developed third world nation, has less gun violence than the United States. 

But maybe that’s because current data show us that there are more guns than people in the United States. There are 112 guns per 100 residents in the U.S as opposed to Uganda where the number is far lower. Only 1.4 guns per 100 residents off the developing nation. Japan’s number is lower still pulling in a scant .6 per 100 residents.

According to the Japan Times:

“In Japan, citizens are banned from possessing, carrying, selling or buying handguns or rifles. Importing gun parts is also prohibited under the Firearm and Sword Control Law. Only licensed hunters are allowed to own shotguns, and the screening process is very strict. Applicants are required to obtain a license from a local government and undergo background checks by police as well as mental and drug tests at hospitals. The gun license must be renewed every three years, and applicants are required to again undergo the various tests. Shotgun owners are also required to store their weapons in a specified locker at their home and report its location to police. Ammunition must be kept in a separate locked safe.”

There is a common argument that people die from falling off ladders but we don’t try to regulate them. And yes this is true: people do die from falling off ladders. While that is an accident and certainly untimely, it is not nearly the tragedy of 20 fatally shot children or 9 dead church parishioners in a bible study.

It has been eight years of gun grabber rhetoric and nothing has happened. Obama never came for your guns. And if you believed that he was then I have a bridge to sell you.

About Adam-Troy Castro 366 Articles
Adam-Troy Castro is a writer of science fiction, fantasy and horror whose works have been translated into over a dozen languages. He has been nominated for two Hugos, three Stoker Awards, and eight Nebulas. 2016 sees the publication of the final novel in his Gustav Gloom series for middle-graders. Adam lives in Florida with his wife Judi.

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