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Why I am happy to live in Japan - Part 2: Guns
In my country, many people have guns, and many people are hurt by them. In 2013, there were 33,636 people who were killed by guns in the United States, and 73,505 people who were injured. In that same year, fewer than 10 people were injured by guns in Japan, and only one died. According to the New York Times, the rate of gun deaths in the US from 2007 to 2012 was 31 per million people, but the rate in Japan was only 0.1 per million people.
There are many states in America that allow regular people to carry guns anywhere they go. This is called “open carry” and it is extremely dangerous.
I grew up in a relatively safe part of Los Angeles, but I had a friend whose house was hit by bullets during a street fight, and a girl from my high school was killed accidentally in a gun fight when I was in 8th grade.
Most people in Japan do not carry or use guns, and anyone who has a gun must have a license and proper training. This makes me feel safe and happy to live here.