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When I was reading Japan Today this week, I noticed that there were two stories that involved guns. In America, that would not surprise me, but in Japan, I think it’s very unusual.
The first story was about a hunter who shot one of his friends by mistake because he thought he was a wild boar. The second was about a boy who found a gun in his house and brought it into school. A teacher confiscated it, and then just left it on a desk in the staffroom, where another teacher picked it up and fired it by mistake! I found that story hard to believe, but apparently, both of the teachers presumed that the gun was a fake. I suppose that is natural in a country like Japan.
In America, guns are a part of life. I remember visiting a friend in Atlanta once, and he told me that he carried a pump-action shotgun in the back of his car for protection. I couldn’t believe it! I know that there are companies in America that even make guns for children.
Britain is a bit like Japan in that guns are quite an unusual sight. As you know, most policemen do not carry them, and it is illegal for anyone to possess any kind of pistol.
The only guns you do see in Britain are shotguns. These are used by farmers to kill rabbits and foxes, and for sports like clay-pigeon shooting and pheasant shooting. When I was a child, my father used to have a shotgun, and I used to use it as well. I had to apply to the police for a special license to do that. These days, the law is much stricter, and it is very difficult for anyone to get a gun license.
Anyway, when I read the stories, I wondered how many Japanese people have ever seen, touched, or maybe even fired a gun. If you have, what kind was it? Where did you see it?
If you haven’t, do you know anyone who has? And what did you think about the news stories I mentioned above?
Look forward to reading your comments.
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