Most people have the tendency to become violent at a point in their lives, depending on the circumstances, though they may never act on it. Some people need a higher level of provocation, accumulated throughout the years, others need little to none.Violence is rampant in the world, against neighbors, friends, acquaintances or strangers, even within the homes. Determined people can buy whatever firearm they want illegally, and if they have the means and necessary requirements, they can acquire firearms legally as well.
“Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” I’m not really sure who spoke these words exactly, but they are most certainly true. Guns are only the means of which people use to conduct a crime, a facilitator of sorts, because it takes more courage to kill someone from close-up than to pull the trigger from afar.
Take for example the recent Las Vegas mass shooting it took Stephen Paddock only a handful of minutes to kill fifty nine innocent people, and injure more than 500 others, from a vantage point of thirty two floors above the crowd. Paddock had as much as twenty-three ‘legal’ weapons with him, and although the sales of sub-machine guns are illegal in the U.S.A the ‘tools’ Paddock used to convert twelve of his firearms into sub-machine’s were acquired through ‘legal’ means.
Now, let’s take a look at Japan. The weapons law of Japan begins by stating “no one shall possess a firearm or firearms or a sword or swords, with very few exceptions.” A person who applies for a gun license – and by gun I mean a shotgun or air rifle (hand guns are absolutely banned), will have to take a class, a writing test and a mental test (as well as drug abuse and other addictions.) Police will research the person’s background, his family’s background, his neighbor’s and friend’s background, even the background of his colleagues at work. If a license for a shotgun is approved, he will be required to present the empty cartridge whenever the person wants to buy a fresh one. Police will be notified of where the person stores the weapon and cartridge, both of which must be locked separately. Once the three year license runs out, the person will be required to apply for a new license all over again.
Extreme, you think? Against 32,000 and some armed crimes in the U.S.A in 2014, there were only six in Japan.
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