I’m reminded today by two articles about gun carrying rights that I shouldn’t take for granted (living here in Japan) the gun-free environment our kids live in …  Just look at the astounding statistics given by the second article posted below  …

” In 2004, more preschoolers than law enforcement officers were killed by firearms, according to the Children’s Defense Fund. The number of children killed by guns in the United States each year is about three times greater than the number of servicemen and women killed annually in Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, more children — children– have been killed by guns in the past 25 years than the total number of American fatalities in all wars of the past five decades. It’s possible that the upcoming election will be decided by the war in Iraq. But what about the far deadlier war at home?”

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Japan holds the line against gun violence by Mark Schreiber  (Japan Times Thursday, May 3, 2007)
Some people love guns. Why should the rest of us be targets? (Washington Post, Sunday, April 22, 2007)
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Students Aim for Gun Rights on Campus

Group Advocates for Concealed Weapons to Protect Against College Shootings

James Madison University senior Leah Sargent, 20, and instructor Carlos Santillan, 45, examine her target at the Top Gun Shooting Range in Harrisonburg, Va. The shooting session was part of a gun rights week at JMU, aimed at showing how guns could protect students when attacked, as during the Virginia Tech massacre.
James Madison University senior Leah Sargent, 20, and instructor Carlos Santillan, 45, examine her target at the Top Gun Shooting Range in Harrisonburg, Va. The shooting session was part of a gun rights week at JMU, aimed at showing how guns could protect students when attacked, as during the Virginia Tech massacre. (Michael Reilly – Daily News-Record)
 
By Brigid Schulte Washington Post Staff Writer  Sunday, February 15, 2009;
Excerpt: “The Virginia Tech massacre gave rise to two opposing and equally passionate movements. Many of the victims’ friends and families founded Students for Gun Free Schools. They say guns are the last thing that college campuses, already hotbeds of hormones, alcohol and heated emotions, need. Yesterday’s demonstration came courtesy of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus’s JMU chapter, which was chartered in January.Both groups agree that the pro-gun group is winning the numbers game. Students for Gun Free Schools has about 12,000 members on Facebook. The Concealed Carry group, with members in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, has more than 36,000.”

To read whole article, go to this link

 Other related readings:

The Secret History of Guns (The Atlantic magazine, SEPTEMBER 2011)
The Ku Klux Klan, Ronald Reagan, and, for most of its history, the NRA all worked to control guns. The Founding Fathers? They required gun ownership—and regulated it. And no group has more fiercely advocated the right to bear loaded weapons in public than the Black Panthers—the true pioneers of the modern pro-gun movement. In the battle over gun rights in America, both sides have distorted history and the law, and there’s no resolution in sight

Substituting Prices for Principles in the Gun Debate (Big Think, Dec 17, 2012)