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I wasn't comparing to Japan, merely stating how it took an effort to change.

America may be in the middle confrontation-wise, but when you add in the ease of obtaining a handgun, you get the current problem.

Debatable, see my research on non-gun US and all method U.K. murder rates, which are really close: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4935644

I take this as evidence we're simply a violent people, however we're armed or not.

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