Revolution

An American Gangster in Japan

April 1994, from Tom Wyld of NRA Public Affairs:

CLINTON OFFICIAL CONFIRMS PRIVATE GUN OWNERSHIP IN AMERICA DETERS CRIME

Washington, D.C. -- Days before the U.S. Congress holds hearings on whether to ban guns, a Clinton Administration official -- former Vice President Walter Mondale -- confirmed that private gun ownership in America deters crime and sends criminals packing.

In an April 20 message from the American Embassy in Tokyo, Ambassador Mondale reported that a twenty-member gang moved to Japan after finding criminal activity in this country "too dangerous" because of the prevalence of guns in the homes. After two dozen successful burglaries in gun-free Tokyo, they managed to mail over six million dollars worth of stolen cash and jewels" to conspirators in Colombia.

For research on gun ownership as a crime deterrent, consult Point Blank (1991; NY: Aldine de Gruyter) by Gary Kleck, Professor of Criminology, Florida State University.

For a critical review of international gun laws, see The Samurai, The Mountie and the Cowboy (Should America Adopt the Gun Controls of Other Democracies?) (1992; NY: Prometheus Books) by David Kopel. Kopel is with the Independence Institute of Colorado.