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Culture, Not Guns, Control Behavior

The lamestream media told you:

If America had less guns, then we would have less violence. Just look at Canada, or Japan.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

OK, let's look at Japan. It suffered the most devastating disruption a society can imagine. Look at what the culture there dictates. No looting. No looting! Everything in rubble, people desperately thirsty, hungry, ill dressed, and there's no looting! Does their monolithic, non-diverse, non-multicultural society have anything to do with that, compared with, say, Chicago, or the U.S. as a whole?

People are standing in line for five hours to get meager supplies. There's no pushing, shoving, arguments, line jumping, nothing! Nothing! They quietly behave and follow instructions. Is that because they have no guns? Or is it something else -- like their unilateral cookie-cutter society.

It is the something else factor. Guns have no direct nexus to violence. A society's willingness to engage in violence, with or without guns, is a separate matter. Warlike tribes in Africa wage perpetual war on each other, with primitive weapons. It's not the weapons. It's the people.

And in America, though no one likes to face it or say it, it's not the people. It's the people in the bad neighborhoods. Some parts of town -- shots all night long. Other parts of town -- no shots ever heard. And you know what the bad parts of town look like,  but the media will never admit it. These are not neighborhoods filled with Japanese people.

To see where the gunshots are, and what those parts of town look like, check out "Gunshot Demographics."


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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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