One of my mentors, Guy Kawasaki, Evangelist, Author, Speaker, etc. http://guykawasaki.com/ just, posted a great article which Atlantic writer/contributor Max Fisher reported and wrote about, “A Land Without Guns: How Japan Has Virtually Eliminated Shooting Deaths.”
Tt basically states, “In part by forbidding almost all forms of firearm ownership, the country has as few as two gun-related homicides a year.”
The Atlantic reports, “ The Japanese and American ways of thinking about crime, privacy, and police powers are so different—and Japan is such a generally peaceful country—that it’s functionally impossible to fully isolate and compare the two gun control regiments. It’s not much easier to balance the costs and benefits of Japan’s unusual approach, which helps keep its murder rate at the second-lowest in the world, though at the cost of restrictions that Kopel calls a “police state,” a worrying suggestion that it hands the government too much power over its citizens. After all, the U.S. constitution’s second amendment is intended in part to maintain “the security of a free State” by ensuring that the government doesn’t have a monopoly on force. Though it’s worth considering another police state here: Tunisia, which had the lowest firearm-ownership rate in the world (one gun per thousand citizens, compared to America’s 890) when its people toppled a brutal, 24-year dictatorship and sparked the Arab Spring.”
Congress can choose to make the vital decision of changing our gun laws in the United States Constitution gun laws or continue to watch innocent victims be killed in this country!
You may ask how can we change the Constitution?
Constitution is capable of changing by supreme court, president, etc. How is this capability recognized?
Please give one example that I could understand this concept.
JesseGordon gave this response on 5/21/2000: Only the Congress or the states can actually CHANGE the Constitution. The only way to actually CHANGE it is via a constitutional amendment. Congress or the states can initiate that, and the amendment has to be ratified by a fixed number of states before it takes effect.
We’ve got 27 amendments, the most recent as of 1992. The Constitution can also be changed at a “Constitutional Convention,” but none have been done that way since the 1700s.
There was a movement in the 1990s to call a Convention to make a Balanced Budget Amendment, but it never succeeded. The Supreme Court can INTERPRET the Constitution, but can’t change it.
A lot of people would say there’s not much difference between those, since interpretation that has the force of law isn’t much different than a new amendment.
Thanks and shout out to my mentor, Guy Kawasaki and to the Atlantic and its contributor and/or writer/author MAX FISHER, , JUL 23, 2012 for doing such amazing and resourceful reporting!We in the United States of America can certainly learn from Japan’s gun law ideals! Okay, I just tried to publish this story and Norton alerted me that this link had a virus, but I am finding that either you have to be a member to read this article or they just plain don’t want us to know about positive stories? This is the message I received stopping me from posting the url for this Atlantic story so you can pull it up yourself.