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Regarding David Rothauser’s March 10 letter, “Abolishing nuclear weapons use“: Rothauser believes that nuclear weapons can be abolished “because we don’t need them.” Exactly how this ban is to be accomplished he does not say.

e mentions that one of his Japanese students said Japan bans handguns because “we don’t need them.” I suppose the student meant that, because of Japan’s lower violent crime rates, most Japanese consider gun ownership for self-defense to be unnecessary. This blissful attitude might be small comfort for Japan’s murder, rape or robbery victims. Japanese criminals seem to have little trouble finding knives or other weapons.

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