Japan Has Few Mass Shootings — With the increase in mass shootings and crime in general, those whose goal is to disarm sane, law-abiding adults in America are citing a disarmed Japan as a solution.
Japan bans guns, hence there is no shooting, they say.
Of course, Mexico, Honduras and South Africa also ban guns and, well, that does’t seem to be helping.
Could there be another reason why Japan has such a low murder rate? Could it be how they handle mental illness?
An estimated 302,000 people are hospitalized in Japan with mental health-related issues, as per Japanhpn.org. Yes, Japan has the most people hospitalized in psychiatric wards on a per capita basis in the world.
A few hours ago, we posted a graph showing the trend of mental health incarcerations with prison incarcerations in the United States.
There were about three times as many people incarcerated in mental hospitals as there were in prisons in 1960. The chart stops at 2001 with almost six times as many in prisons.
You think maybe if we started taking mental health more seriously, the shootings might stop?
And let’s not forget culture. A culture that teaches that men are supposed to protect the weak is going to a whole lot happier than one that says always look for the easy out.
A culture that tells women to sacrifice for their children is going to be a lot safer than one that encourages women to dispose of them.
Here are some questions for those who insist that guns in the hands of sane, law-abiding adults are the problem.