One of the things I find amusing about American Conservatives is how quickly immigration laws must be reformed when immigrants commit crimes; but how quiet they are on gun laws when well-rooted American citizens shoot up schools, churches, and country music festivals.
The end result is that the United States has more mass shootings, and gun violence in general, than virtually anywhere else in the world.
Japan has none. Here’s why.
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One of the cases often made against gun control in America is that Chicago has some of the strictest laws, but high rates of gun violence. This reminds me of the chicken and the egg situation.
Which one came first? The terrible gun violence? Or the laws to curb the issue? But does it even matter? Is the intelligent response to a failing system, no system at all?
Jamaica, for instance, has a serious problem with gun violence in volatile communities. But like Japan and Britain, we have strict gun laws.
In Jamaica, you must learn how to shoot before you can own a gun. You must have a spotless record. You must successfully pass a test. And you must have a very good reason to own one.
Hunters and business owners make up the bulk of legal gun owners in Jamaica. Non-citizens are not allowed to own or carry guns (though I think they made an exception for the FBI and CIA agents who make frequent appearances on the island).
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13/11/2017 10:00 US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Miami International Airport (MIA) Outbound Enforcement Team (OET) conducting a routine inspection identified a shipment containing two blue shipping barrels said to contain personal effects. A physical inspection revealed various food items, cat litter, a cardboard box labeled as a four-drawer dresser, and one cardboard box labeled as a television stand. Further revealed that the personal effects actually contained 2 rifles, 115 pistols, 2 rifles, 139 magazines, 103 rounds of 9 mm ammunition, 50 rounds of .357 ammunition, 50 rounds of .45 ammunition, 24 rounds of .40 ammunition, 40 rounds of .223 ammunition, 9 handgun back straps, 5 magazine parts, 3 pistol grips, 3 buttstocks, and weapons parts. All items were placed on a Customs Hold and transported to the CBP-OET office for further processing. The shipping documents listed the consignor as Karima HUDSON of 3610 Coral Springs, Pompano Beach, Florida 33065. The consignee was Monique HASTINGS, telephone number 0018764305161. The shipment was due to be exported from Miami to Montego Bay, Jamaica via Caribbean Airlines flight BW8040 on 20/11/2017. BW8040 was scheduled to arrive in Montego Bay from Miami at 1045 via Kingston where it was scheduled to land at 0830.
Does this help to stem the influx of illegal guns from Haiti and Miami? No. Is the answer simply to make no attempts at gun control at all? No. Will we be banning migrants from Miami and Haiti as a result? Or blame other countries and their nationals for our problems? No.
The police force (or at least, the good ones) focuses a good bit of its effort on finding and seizing illegal weapons on the island. There is no one-size fits all solution for a problem like this, and blaming others is never the answer.