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Regarding the Oct. 22 article “Hattori’s mom appeals for wider U.S. gun control effort,” as a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association and a certified pistol and personal protection instructor, I would like to comment on this matter.

It would be foolish to think that there is no crime in Japan but I do think that the crime there is nowhere in number or diversity as it is in America. I read from time to time about knife attacks in Japan, and these are relatively unknown in the United States. In Japan, it would appear that people are more law abiding and civil to each other unlike in the U.S. We have a huge diverse population, and such population expresses anger, resentment, jealousy, hostility. Our country is huge and in many places remote. Law enforcement appears to be everywhere but in reality is more sparse than in Japan, where people rely on local law enforcement in a different manner.

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