Best of October 25, 1991 Mess – Gun Control is People Control 10-27 | Mille Lacs Messenger

As an American living in Japan, I have the opportunity to see the American from a point of view a little different from what one might have when living in the United States. This view is particularly interesting when it comes to private gun ownership since Japan has the strictest gun control of any country in the world. From a near-absolute gun ban standpoint, perhaps the “Land of the Rising Sun” can shed some light on the current gun laws being considered in the United States.

Under the Gun and Sword Control Act {(I’m not kidding with swords), it is impossible to own any type of handgun in Japan, and very difficult to own n any type of long gun, including BB guns. As the name of the law suggests, many types of knives and swords are strictly prohibited or permitted. Despite this law, Japan experiences many violent crimes that use all the usual tools: knives, baseball bats, chemicals, drugs, explosives, gasoline, cars, rifles, pistols and shotguns. The Japanese are regularly murdered with handguns and the Yakuza (Japanese mafia) make a lucrative business in the illegal trade in firearms.

So how does this compare with the American?

America has moderately strict gun laws that cover almost every aspect of gun ownership. “What?” you might say, “America has strict gun laws?” Yes, America is halfway down a scale from Japan (extremely strict) to Pakistan (extremely lax). The powerful military weapons the Swiss keep at home would shock an American visitor to the Alps – they make our own imitation, the so-called “assault weapons” laughable in comparison. If you have any doubts about the strictness of US gun laws, I urge you to visit your local gun dealer and try buying a handgun or a real fully automatic military rifle. The handgun will be difficult to purchase, and the fully automatic weapon will be impossible to purchase under gun laws in the United States. Military look-alikes, such as the civilian version of the M-16, are gutted copies of the real military weapon and cannot fire in fully automatic mode. Most of Minnesota’s deer rifles are far more powerful than these so-called “assault weapons” as the media sensationalize.

Why then does the American have so many violent crimes?

Probably for many reasons, most of which have little to do with the availability of guns, such as drug nightmare, lax justice system (violent criminals go to jail for a long time in Japan), excessive violence on television , erosion of traditional values ​​and ethics, overpopulation of our cities, high unemployment rate, etc. Legislating more against private gun ownership as a remedy for America’s crime problem is like giving a band-aid to someone who has a date with the guillotine: worse than useless. More gun laws would only serve to disarm law-abiding citizens and place them at the mercy of a society rotten by violence; furthermore, by blaming guns for the crime – literally personifying inanimate objects – we are moving in the dangerous direction of reducing responsibility for our actions, shifting the responsibility for a crime from the perpetrators to the tools they choose to carry out their murderous activities. So who will pay for violent crime? You and I will pay for the loss of your civil rights to protect us under the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution.

Obviously gun control is people control. And Japan’s tough gun control laws don’t prevent gun deaths, a myth anti-gun lawmakers would like you to believe. So I urge you to contact your representatives in Washington and tell them to protect our personal civil liberties as well as keep violent criminals off our streets. We can do both. And we can remain the embodiment of freedom in the world: the United States of America.


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