Reader points to the firearms regulations used in Japan as a good example of how Canada and the U.S. could restrict gun-related deaths. File photo

Gun regulations in Japan a good example for Canada and the U.S.

Extremely low rates of gun-related homicides show regulations working, reader writes

With a population of 127 million, Japan is one of few nations to almost regulate firearms completely. They provide a well-structured system to regulate any Japanese citizen wanting to purchase a firearm.

To buy a firearm is a long, but efficient process requiring the Japanese citizen to take a class, a written exam, a mental health and drug test, and have a criminal background check. This is approximately a four-month process and has resulted in astonishing low gun violence statistics that Canada and the U.S. should take note of.

Japan’s success in implementing gun regulations has seen it rarely exceed 10 gun-related deaths per year. Compared to Canada and the U.S. in 2015, Canada reported 178 firearm-related homicides while the U.S. reported 9,616 firearm-related homicides.

The rates of Japan provide the standard of how Canada and the U.S. should control firearms within their countries. This gun regulation system can give trust in their people within the criminal justice system, as it could decrease the rates of firearm-related homicides and violence.

Phil Timmer

Saanich

Just Posted

Mental health walk/run aims to outpace depression

Walk increased to 5k, run to 10k

Chaos at the ferry terminal for people heading from Vancouver to the Island

Easter crowds create backlog at Tsawwassen ferry terminal

Governing bodies accused of ‘destroying’ girls’ hockey by Island’s top team

When asked for advice hockey dad says ‘put your girls in soccer’

Guns could use smartphone-style fingerprint locks in near future

Startups looking to outflank traditional gun manufacturers using tech knowhow

Syrian violinist plays with new Canadian band at upcoming fundraiser

Sari Alesh played with the Symphony Orchestra in Syria for six years

WATCH: Movie star and PACE alum Calum Worthy talks musical theatre and his career

“American Vandal” and “Austin and Ally” actor has been returning to the program for over 20 years

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

Recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019

Parents of 13 who tortured children get life after hearing victims

One of their daughters fled their home and pleaded for help to a 911 operator

Flooding, climate change force Quebecers to rethink relationship with water

Compensation for victims of recurring floods limit to 50% of a home’s value, or a maximum of $100,000

Storms blast South, where tornadoes threaten several states

9.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia at a moderate risk of severe weather

Private cargo ship brings Easter feast to the space station

There are three Americans two Russians and one Canadian living on the space station

Notre Dame rector: “Computer glitch” possible fire culprit

The fire burned through the lattice of oak beams supporting the monument’s vaulted stone ceiling

Most Read