A powerful statement

Recently I read a news story from Guam (AP) in the Sun-Gazette.

It dealt with the many shooting ranges in Guam and the tourists who go there for the thrill of shooting a gun, especially the tourists from Japan.

For many tourists from Japan, the greatest excitement is the chance to shoot a gun at one of these ranges in Guam. They consider America’s gun culture as both frightening and fascinating. In Japan, gun ownership is illegal and the only people with handguns are in the military, the police or the mob.

Quoting the news article follows, “Because guns are so hard to find, gun-related crime is extremely rare.

They were used in only seven murders in Japan – a nation of about 130 million people – in 2011, the most recent year for official statistics.

In the United States, with 315 million people, there are more than 11,000 gun-related killings annually.”

What a powerful statement.

Carolyn B. Rosser