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Japan’s Low Murder Rate is Due to its Immigration Policies, Not its Gun Control

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On December 16, 2012 @ 12:32 pm In The Point | 105 Comments

There’s a list of pet stupid tricks that gun control advocates pull out of their sleeve once this argument begins. One of their typical tricks is to point to how low Japan’s murder rate has been since it banned firearms. And it looks compelling.

In 2008, the U.S. had over 12 thousand firearm-related homicides. All of Japan experienced only 11, fewer than were killed at the Aurora shooting alone. And that was a big year: 2006 saw an astounding two, and when that number jumped to 22 in 2007, it became a national scandal.

Well that sounds impressive, doesn’t it. If we just outlawed guns, we too could have a murder rate of only 2. But does anyone seriously think that? Even gun control liberals?

Japan has always had a very low murder rate. In the 1920s, its murder rate was half or a third of the US. Even as Japan was committing genocide in China, its murder rate halved from what it had been before. By 1979, Japan had a fifth of America’s murder rate.

Japan’s crime rates have always been ridiculously low, for reasons that have nothing to do with the possession of guns. The issues are cultural. And they can only be replicated in the United States by making the country more Japanese, in ways that liberals would positively hate, rather than by banning guns.

Step 1 in the process of making America more Japanese would involve ending immigration and multiculturalism and there is little doubt, statistically, that this would do far more to lower our homicide rate, than banning guns.

In 1900, the United States had a lower murder rate than Japan. The United States homicide rate doubled between the 1900s and the 1920s. It declined in the wartime and post-war period when most immigrants had been successfully integrated and it spiked again during the 1960s.

Two years after Ted Kennedy’s Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, the murder rate rose sharply.  Ten years later in 1975, the US murder rate had doubled.

Anyone who wants Japan’s murder rate needn’t waste time with its gun control laws and can skip right to its immigration policies.


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