In Japan, Switzerland and Brazil, 3 approaches to gun control yield 3 vastly different results

  • Article by: ERIC TALMADGE , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 27, 2013 - 7:42 PM
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rambler89Jan. 29, 13 4:19 PM

Brazil is the only example that is relevant to the U.S. Japan and Switzerland are historically quite aggressive at mantaining a culturally homogenous population (the linguistic diversity of Switzerland nothwithstanding.) The migrants in Japan are Koreans. In Switzerland, they're Europeans, mostly rich ones. Both countries are well off, and well-educated at all levels of society. Neither make much of "diversity"; cultural assimilation is the rule. Their borders--and the internal possibilities for illegals--are easier to control than in the US. Neither of them are destinations for the ethnic groups responsible for most of the gun violence in the US. In the US, gun control is aimed primarily at groups who have many guns, and gun violence rates similar to Western Europe's. No-one has ever offered a plan to disarm the groups and localities responsible for most of the gun violence. The US Army couldn't do that in occupied Iraq. Brazil's example shows that it can't be done here.

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