With each new headline about a mass shooting somewhere in America (an all too frequent occurrence these days) the gun control debate is triggered yet again. Each side is so firm and passionate in their beliefs, it seems there’s no convincing either one to see things from the other perspective. Of course, the media has a heyday with this polarizing issue. Many people from around the world look on America’s gun culture with confusion or disdain. It’s enlightening to see how other countries approach the topic, so watch and learn from this video on how they tackle guns around the globe.
Here’s a transcript of the video:
Joe: “It seems like every day, there’s someone on the news or the internet that’s dead set on voicing their opinions about America’s guns. The second amendment in the Constitution has become a hot button issue over the last several years as the media focuses more and more on the spree of mass shootings that have become commonplace in our modern society.”
Jay: “Of course, that’s America; the rest of the world has tackled the gun issue in a different manner. And since it’s sometimes helpful to view our own countries through the lens of others’ experiences, here, for your consideration, are a few of the ways our international brethren have handled guns in their country.”
1. Canada Is Close, But Stricter
Canada Is probably closest to America in terms of gun laws. You have to be 18, pass a background check, and take a public safety course. However, Canadians don’t tend to use their guns on each other like in the U.S. Canada’s firearm-related homicide rate is around seven times lower than America’s.
2. Israel Gets by With Its Unique Culture
In Israel, military service is compulsory. So because pretty much everyone is a soldier, guns of all types are a daily reality in the country. (visual: people in bikinis wearing gun – maybe this shot of humor will seem out of place in an otherwise serious piece?)
3. Japan Leans Strict Regulation
Japan is the country with the lowest instance of gun crime in the world. Only one in every ten million of its citizens are victims of gun crime. Some experts link this phenomenon to Japan’s incredibly strict gun laws.
4. Germany Has Seen Good Results From Psychiatric Tests
Germany has an incredibly high ownership of guns. However, the gun homicide rate in the country is one of the lowest in the entire world. It probably has something to do with the strict psychiatric tests for anyone under the age of 25 applying for a gun license.
5. How Afghanistan Operates in the Aftermath of War
About one in 25 people own a gun there, and except for a background check, it’s reasonably easy to own a private weapon and even carry it openly in the streets.
6. South Africa Takes a While
The process of getting a firearm in the country can take up to two years from the date of your first application and citizens are even required to submit to a home review.
7. The United Kingdom Offers Odd Statistics
Since the ’80s, the U.K. has implemented increasingly stringent firearms laws. However, according to analysts, gun crimes in the UK didn’t actually peak until 2004, leading them to believe that in some cases, legislation doesn’t curb gun crime.
8. South Korea Wins Most Restrictive
Surprisingly South Korea has the most restrictive gun laws in the entire developed world. No one is allowed to keep a private firearm in their home. Even hunting weapons and air rifles are kept at local police stations!
9. Guns South of the Border
It’s very possible for men and women to own guns in Mexico, however the process is fairly rigorous. Anyone wanting a gun must petition the country’s Defence Ministry as its the only place from which these citizens can procure these weapons.
10. Australia, the Obligatory Slide
Australia once had a real problem with gun violence in their country. Then, the government all but prohibited automatic and semi-automatic rifles. As a result, they haven’t had a mass shooting since 1996.
So should America adopt more stringent gun laws like some of these other countries?
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