Last week, I discussed Hillary Clinton advocating gun control and even suggesting America should adopt the gun control laws of Australia. This week, I will discuss the gun control laws of Britain and Japan.
The British used to enjoy exercising their right to bear arms at the turn of the Twentieth Century, and crime was at its lowest rate. But then the government began adopting gun control legislation due to the rise of radicals as well as the Easter Rebellion (which in turn led to Ireland gaining its independence). A step-by-step series of gun control laws was the result (i.e. prohibitions of certain types of firearms, licensing). British citizen are even prohibited from using a weapon in order to defend themselves.
Now the crime rate in Britain has skyrocketed, from daytime robberies to hot burglaries (burglaries that occur when someone is at home). And the police take forever to arrive at the scene of the crime.
Meanwhile, Britain has increasingly become a police state. Surveillance cameras are almost everywhere, and the police are authorized to stop and search vehicles and pedestrians. Grand juries have been abolished, as have civil trial juries (except in libel cases). Hardly any criminal trial has been decided by a jury anymore. Coerced confessions are allowed, and the burden of proof in libel cases is on the defendant instead of the plaintiff.
While Britain transforms itself into a police state, Japan has been one for quite some time. Private citizens are forbidden from even holding a gun unless the gun is theirs (after going through a rigorous licensing process). And once they obtain the gun, they are required to keep it stored (and locked up) separately from the ammunition. They are also required to notify the police of where the gun is located, just in case the police feel the need to confiscate it.
In addition, people in Japan are subject to home visits by the police twice a year, in which the police want to know everything there is to know about the citizens they visit. Trial by jury is nonexistent, the confession rate is extremely high (partly due to coercion, torture, beatings), and the courts pay no attention to the treatment of the suspects. There is one bright spot: the Japanese do not think highly of Islam, and thus they do not have to worry about Muslims carrying out terrorist attacks, demanding Sharia Law, or Muslims causing havoc in general.
As I mentioned before, gun control is not the answer to crime, and neither is a police state.