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)
Let’s start with the obvious, 2014 was THREE YEARS AGO.
Thus whatever figures they are quoting are way out of date.
Second, while firearms are restricted shotguns and air guns are permitted.
So using the Japanese argument as ‘gospel’, it also ‘shoots’ down the government view throughout the world that shotguns and air guns are dangerous.
Good to know.
Does that mean that gun crime has been eliminated?
Nope not at all. The lawless still use them.
Politically it suits the Japanese government to say it does though.
Only when was the last time anyone believed government statistics.
For example, they said Fukushima is under control!
Hands up all who believe that!
Lastly lets talk the rate of knife (blade) crime in Japan.
Or, to be more accurate, Samurai Sword Crime, because when it comes down to making a good blade, the Japanese are masters of that trade.
So I wonder what the true figures about that type of crime are.
My guess is soaring!
Meanwhile in the UK knife crime is everywhere and growing.
From kids to adults, if you aren’t carrying in some places, you are either naive, visiting, or want to cash in on your life insurance.
This safe little island where gun laws are so strict that only the criminals carry them and use them, on a daily basis, in major cities and townships.
As for other places around the world that do have high rates of gun ownership?
Seeing as though the BBC use old data, I think I can too.
16 May 2013 – Crimes in Iceland – when they occur – usually do not involve firearms, though Icelanders own plenty of guns. GunPolicy.org estimates there are approximately 90,000 guns in the country – in a country with just over 300,000 people. The country ranks 15th in the world in terms of legal per capita gun ownership.
Iceland Weapon ownership. (wiki)
30.3 weapons per 100 people.
Firearm homicides per 100,000: 0
As always the BBC have gone off ‘half cocked’, inaccurately, ‘shooting their wad’ by exhibiting little knowledge of the truth about gun crime.
It’s nothing to do with laws, it’s all to do with the people.