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    How Japan Has Almost Eradicated Gun Crime

    Japan has one of the lowest rates of gun crime in the world. In 2014 there were just six gun deaths, compared to 33,599 in the US. What is the secret?

    BBC News | Harry Low

    If you want to buy a gun in Japan you need patience and determination. You have to attend an all-day class, take a written exam and pass a shooting-range test with a mark of at least 95 percent.

    There are also mental health and drugs tests. Your criminal record is checked and police look for links to extremist groups. Then they check your relatives too - and even your work colleagues. And as well as having the power to deny gun licences, police also have sweeping powers to search and seize weapons.

    That's not all. Handguns are banned outright. Only shotguns and air rifles are allowed.

    The law restricts the number of gun shops. In most of Japan's 40 or so prefectures there can be no more than three, and you can only buy fresh cartridges by returning the spent cartridges you bought on your last visit.

    Police must be notified where the gun and the ammunition are stored - and they must be stored separately under lock and key. Police will also inspect guns once a year. And after three years your licence runs out, at which point you have to attend the course and pass the tests again.

    This helps explain why mass shootings in Japan are extremely rare. When mass killings occur, the killer most often wields a knife.

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    The current gun control law was introduced in 1958, but the idea behind the policy dates back centuries.

    "Ever since guns entered the country, Japan has always had strict gun laws," says Iain Overton, executive director of Action on Armed Violence and the author of Gun Baby Gun.

    "They are the first nation to impose gun laws in the whole world and I think it laid down a bedrock saying that guns really don't play a part in civilian society."

    People were being rewarded for giving up firearms as far back as 1685, a policy Overton describes as "perhaps the first ever gun buyback initiative."
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    The result is a very low level of gun ownership - 0.6 guns per 100 people in 2007, according to the Small Arms Survey, compared to 6.2 in England and Wales and 88.8 in the US.

    "The moment you have guns in society, you will have gun violence but I think it's about the quantity," says Overton. "If you have very few guns in society, you will almost inevitably have low levels of violence."

    Japanese police officers rarely use guns and put much greater emphasis on martial arts - all are expected to become a black belt in judo. They spend more time practising kendo (fighting with bamboo swords) than learning how to use firearms.

    "The response to violence is never violence, it's always to de-escalate it. Only six shots were fired by Japanese police nationwide [in 2015]," says journalist Anthony Berteaux. "What most Japanese police will do is get huge futons and essentially roll up a person who is being violent or drunk into a little burrito and carry them back to the station to calm them down."

    Overton contrasts this with the American model, which he says has been "to militarise the police."

    "If you have too many police pulling out guns at the first instance of crime, you lead to a miniature arms race between police and criminals," he says.

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    Gee, it's almost like an intelligent country like Japan exercises a novel concept rarely used in the United States called COMMON SENSE.

    Like us, Japan has violent video games, violent movies, a violent history, etc etc. But unlike us, they've magically reduced gun crime to near zero.
    Disclaimer: The sentiment expressed in this post is strictly for entertainment purposes only.

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    Re: How Japan Has Almost Eradicated Gun Crime

    "But...but...but...what about our freedoms?......"

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    Re: How Japan Has Almost Eradicated Gun Crime

    Quote Originally Posted by Haile SpikedLemonade View Post
    "But...but...but...what about our freedoms?......"

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    Re: How Japan Has Almost Eradicated Gun Crime

    The Chinese on the other hand appreciate a good shoot em up...

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3wYCh5nxyCI

    Not to mention the Koreans...

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x81hy2Y2ZSM

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    Re: How Japan Has Almost Eradicated Gun Crime

    That's what 800 years of island culture will do...

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    Re: How Japan Has Almost Eradicated Gun Crime

    The Chinese invented gun powder and used it for pretty fireworks.

    The Europeans got a hold of it and went on a global rampage.

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    Re: How Japan Has Almost Eradicated Gun Crime

    Quote Originally Posted by Haile SpikedLemonade View Post
    "But...but...but...what about our freedoms?......"

    My freedom ends at that point when it begins to encroach on yours.

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    Re: How Japan Has Almost Eradicated Gun Crime

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    Re: How Japan Has Almost Eradicated Gun Crime

    Japan has conquered the hand gun but can’t get the notion of a fork.

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    Re: How Japan Has Almost Eradicated Gun Crime

    Japan is 97.8 percent Japanese.

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    Re: How Japan Has Almost Eradicated Gun Crime

    Quote Originally Posted by Discotrish View Post
    Japan is 97.8 percent Japanese.

    Patti
    You want to expound on this?


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    Re: How Japan Has Almost Eradicated Gun Crime

    Completely banning hand guns is probably the biggest factor.

    Old article, BTW, that seems to get recycled and re-printed annually.
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    Re: How Japan Has Almost Eradicated Gun Crime

    Quote Originally Posted by Discotrish View Post
    Japan is 97.8 percent Japanese.

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    aka MAKE AMERICA WHITE AGAIN

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    Re: How Japan Has Almost Eradicated Gun Crime

    Quote Originally Posted by YardRat View Post
    Completely banning hand guns is probably the biggest factor.

    Old article, BTW, that seems to get recycled and re-printed annually.
    Oh my God, it's from 2017 when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

    Get a life.

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    Re: How Japan Has Almost Eradicated Gun Crime

    Quote Originally Posted by Discotrish View Post
    Japan is 97.8 percent Japanese.

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    Are you implying that the reason they have less gun crime is because their society is more homogeneous? If not, then what is your point in bringing up this stat?

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    Re: How Japan Has Almost Eradicated Gun Crime

    Quote Originally Posted by OpIv37 View Post
    Are you implying that the reason they have less gun crime is because their society is more homogeneous? If not, then what is your point in bringing up this stat?
    LOL


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    Re: How Japan Has Almost Eradicated Gun Crime

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMama View Post
    Gee, it's almost like an intelligent country like Japan exercises a novel concept rarely used in the United States called COMMON SENSE.

    Like us, Japan has violent video games, violent movies, a violent history, etc etc. But unlike us, they've magically reduced gun crime to near zero.
    availability of guns or gun control is NOT the main reason. It starts with culture and Japan’s well-known propensity for putting the group before the self, and by extension following orders from one’s superiors. We already fail with both.
    A child as early as the 1st grade can commute to school all by themselves and every person looks after them until they get home. They watch out for one another.

    Honor , integrity and honesty is still a big Japanese trait .

    Our society has growing mental issues. Take away the guns we'll still find a way to kill each other.

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    Re: How Japan Has Almost Eradicated Gun Crime

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMama View Post
    Gee, it's almost like an intelligent country like Japan exercises a novel concept rarely used in the United States called COMMON SENSE.

    Like us, Japan has violent video games, violent movies, a violent history, etc etc. But unlike us, they've magically reduced gun crime to near zero.
    Apples and oranges.
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    Re: How Japan Has Almost Eradicated Gun Crime

    mental illness breeds violent criminals. So even if for some reason we are able to rid the entire country of guns....


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