Now, I know that a popular option is "If they take our guns away, we will be shot up by the people who get guns illegally." So, I'd like to introduce you to Japanese gun control: “To get a gun in Japan, first, you have to attend an all-day class and pass a written test, which are held only once per month. You also must take and pass a shooting range class. Then, head over to a hospital for a mental test and drug test (Japan is unusual in that potential gun owners must affirmatively prove their mental fitness), which you’ll file with the police. Finally, pass a rigorous background check for any criminal record or association with criminal or extremist groups, and you will be the proud new owner of your shotgun or rifle. Just don’t forget to provide police with documentation on the specific location of the gun in your home, as well as the ammo, both of which must be locked and stored separately. And remember to have the police inspect the gun once per year and to re-take the class and exam every three years.” So, it's rather difficult to get a legal gun in Japan. But, without easily-obtainable guns, were the Japanese citizens all shot by people who got illegal guns? In 2008, Japan had 84 homicides. America had 9,484. Yes, there were homicides. Just 9,400 less of them.