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Published: Monday, Dec. 17 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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American Fork, UT

I loved living in Japan. You could get beer everywhere, and guns nowhere.

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Salt Lake City, UT

This should be the goal of the United States. Time to move civilization forward.

Casa Grande, AZ

I hope a hundred years in the future it will be easier to change where you live to fit your desired lifestyle.

A Canada closer to the equator sounds good. Of course global warming is taking care of that.

Bountiful, UT

Japan is a very monolithic culture, America is not. That is just one of many, many cultural differences between the two. As far as moving civilization forward, keep in mind that by many standards Germany was arguably the most civilized nation in the world, prior to the NAZI party taking over.

Hayden, ID

I own two guns manufactured in Japan. Interesting guns can be manufactured there but can't be possessed. Also, SME,(Bountiful) is right, Japan is totally different culturally than America; no diversity, little crime, almost no secular progressivism and little violence. For example, America has Chicago, New York and Detroit cultures, Japan has nothing like those cultures. Blaming guns for violence is like blaming a spoon for obesity or matches for arson, it just silly! The real problem is our secular progressive culture, moral relativism and lack of personal accountability, not guns!

Mark B
Eureka, CA

M-man doesn't say just how we get to a point of dropping "secular progressive culture, moral relativism and (adopting) personal responsibility". Nor does he say how Japan stacks up in these vital categories. On the other hand, I've read about a thousand of M-man's posts, and would guess that his recommendation for America is - vote Republican.

USS Enterprise, UT

That is a nice half truth. While gun violence is down, they have mass murders committed with swords and knives.

See "Sword rampage: Japanese man chops off realtor’s arm" at RT.

See also "86-year-old ex-cop found dead in house after killing woman with sword" at Japan today.

Look up the "Osaka school massacre" where a man killed 8 people with a knife.

See "Japan knife killings: Alleged killer Tomohiro Kato's plans published on internet" in UK Telegraph.

There are many other stories like that coming out of Japan.

Yes it cuts down on people getting shot, but now Japan regulates swords, and is starting to make more regulations covering knives. Japan shows that you regulate or create laws to stop people from killing. All you do is end up with more tools/weapons to control and regulate.

Hayden, ID

@ Mark, you asked silly, irrational questions. If you don't like what I say, don't read my comments and your problems will all be solved!

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