This year alone, we’ve heard so many cases of mass shooting not only in the United States but in different parts of the world. We are indeed living in scary times.
Those who have been closely observing the news, however, will likely notice one thing – there have been no reports of mass shootings in the country. While there have been incidents of violent killings and other crime, it is pretty evident that the country doesn’t have much problem when it comes to gun-related attacks.
So how exactly is this possible for Japan but not for many other countries across the globe? Well, it’s actually very simple.
Japan implements very strict gun-control laws.
Over the years, Japan has remained to be one of the safest countries in the world when it comes to gun violence. This is thanks to the strict laws implemented there. In fact, possessing, carrying, selling or buying firearms are extremely difficult in the country, according to a report.
Case in point, Shigeo Sugawa, adviser at the Technical Museum of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Ordnance School, explained the law is probably one of the strictest in the world. As if that was not enough, the laws often get revised as necessary – usually after studying reports of recent gun-related incidents or when there is tension escalation among gangsters.
The world can definitely learn a lesson or two from Japan.
According to Japan Times, Japan’s gun control regulations “can be traced back to the Allied Occupation in the 1940s, when the Japanese government was ordered to collect and hand over all guns and swords that were owned or kept by members of the general public.”
In 1946, the government implemented an ordinance prohibiting citizens from possessing weapons, be it guns or swords. The same ordinance was later renewed in 1950 and then replaced with the strict Firearm and Sword Control Law come 1958. Succeeding revisions eventually made it even stricter.
Shotguns and air rifles are the only firearms you can legally purchase there.
Presently, only licensed hunters are permitted to purchase shotguns – that is if they can comply with the requirements which include extensive background checks, mental tests, and drug tests. Moreover, hunting license has to be renewed every three years.
Acquiring a firearm is extremely difficult in Japan.
“In order to obtain a license, we have to go through a very strict screening process. (Police) even hear the opinions of our families and neighbors, which, I believe, is almost violation of human rights.
“It means that Japanese citizens basically have no rights to possess guns.”
Watch the video here for more details about Japan’s gun laws:
Well what do you think about this, folks? Go share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment below.
Traveling Artist Creates Impressive Miniature Cut-Out Illustrations of Famous Landmarks
They’re so detailed!
Maxwell Tilse is a highly skilled illustrator who has been creating small but stunning drawings of the cities he visits. In his two years of staying in London, he has completed a remarkable series of miniature cut-out illustrations of different pubs and famous landmarks in the area. His creations are truly impressive.
Tilse shares his works on Instagram.
Dyslexie: The Font Designed for People with Dyslexia
It helps eliminate the usual reading errors of dyslexia.
Did you know that there's a font specially designed for people with dyslexia? And it was created by graphic designer Christian Boer, who has been challenged by dyslexia for as long as he can remember. He used his skills in graphic design to address the reading challenges related to this common learning difficulty.
The Dyslexie font claims to make reading, learning and working easier for people with dyslexia. Typography rules were set aside while designing the font. Instead, improved readability and challenges of dyslexia were set as the primary guidelines.
The most common reading errors of dyslexia include mirroring, changing, swapping, turning, and melting letters together.
CCTV Footage Shows Hero Street Dog Saving Woman From Thief
Everything’s been caught on camera and it’s so satisfying to watch!
Dogs. Who doesn’t love them, right? These creatures are considered more than just pets but they’ve even earned the much-deserved title ‘man’s best friend’. They make great companions because they’re loyal and loving!
In some instances, they can also be great protectors. Remember that guy from Queensland, Australia who was saved by his dog from an Eastern Brown Snake? That poisonous serpent is considered as one of the deadliest in the world and the man’s life was spared because of his watchful and courageous friend.