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Japan vs US: Gun control and homicide facts

Of the world’s 23 “rich” countries, the U.S. gun-related murder rate is almost 20 times that of the other 22. With almost one privately owned firearm per person, America’s ownership rate is the highest in the world; tribal-conflict-torn Yemen is ranked second, with a rate about half of America’s.

But what about the country at the other end of the spectrum? What is the role of guns in Japan, the developed world’s least firearm-filled nation and perhaps its strictest controller? In 2008, the U.S. had over 12 thousand firearm-related homicides. All of Japan experienced only 11, fewer than were killed at the Aurora shooting alone. And that was a big year: 2006 saw an astounding two, and when that number jumped to 22 in 2007, it became a national scandal. By comparison, also in 2008, 587 Americans were killed just by guns that had discharged accidentally.

Almost no one in Japan owns a gun. Most kinds are illegal, with onerous restrictions on buying and maintaining the few that are allowed. Even the country’s infamous, mafia-like Yakuza tend to forgo guns; the few exceptions tend to become big national news stories.

via A Land Without Guns: How Japan Has Virtually Eliminated Shooting Deaths – Max Fisher – The Atlantic.

Black couple banned from getting married at Baptist church in Mississippi

They had booked their wedding far in advance. The invitations had been sent, the programs printed.
Mississippi Church Refuses to Marry Black Couple - Yahoo! News

But one day before Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson were to be married at the Mississippi church they frequented, they said a pastor told them they would have to find another venue — because they were black.

There has never been a black wedding at the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs, Miss., since its founding in 1883. According to Pastor Stan Weatherford, some church members objected so strongly to breaking that precedent, they threatened to oust him from his pastorship.

via Mississippi Church Refuses to Marry Black Couple – Yahoo! News.

More Minutemen in trouble with the law; what part of ILLEGAL IS ILEGAL do they not understand?

First there was Forde. Then there was J.T. Ready, the neo-Nazi border watcher who ended his career by shooting up his girlfriend and her family and then shooting himself.

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Now we have Todd Hezlitt, erstwhile companion of Shawna Forde and now a fugitive on the lam with someone’s 15-year-old daughter:

You could chalk up some of border militiaman Todd Hezlitt’s troubles to bad luck – who knew when he associated with Shawna Forde in 2008 that she would end up killing people the next year and drag his name into the mud?

But his most recent trouble – deputies say the 38-year-old Hezlitt ran away with a 15-year-old girlfriend – seems to be of his own doing.

Hezlitt was arrested in April and accused of two counts of sexual conduct with a minor, a student in the Flowing Wells Unified School District. Then on June 1, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department reported that Hezlitt and the girl had both disappeared, apparently together.

He’s facing felony charges of sexual conduct with a minor and has violated the terms of his release from jail by contacting the girl, causing an arrest warrant to be issued, Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Sgt. Dawn Barkman said.

You can see Hezlitt in this video of Forde’s border-watch operation, taken by a Norwegian film crew in 2008. Hezlitt is the guy emerging from the tent at about the 1:45 mark and strapping on body armor:

via Another AZ Minuteman’s Twisted Character Manifests Itself | Crooks and Liars.

Tucson Freedom Summer Draws on Mexican American Studies History to Defy Ban in TUSD

As Arizona awaits an impending decision from federal court justice Wallace Tashima on the constitutionality of the state’s controversial law that effectively banned Tucson’s Ethnic Studies/Mexican American Studies program, education activists and civil rights advocates are not taking a vacation this summer.

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Arpaio: Mexicans don’t come to US with same hopes and dreams as people from other countries

But the sheriff made his worst impressions while answering questions about his book, Joe’s Law.

Basically, anytime Arpaio was shown some of the blatant bigotry in that book, he blamed it on co-author Len Sherman. And this was despite being read back his testimony from a previous deposition in which he’d said he didn’t need to read his own book because he’d written it himself.

Arpaio was forced by Young to back off from a couple of statements in the book, including one in which he wrote that Mexicans don’t come to the United States with the same hopes and dreams as people from other countries.. In another part of the book, Young pointed out, Arpaio wrote that second- and third-generation Mexican-Americans were not part of the American “mainstream.”

via Joe Arpaio Looks Like Tired, Old, Racist on Stand During Racial-Profiling Trial – Phoenix News – Valley Fever.

Arizona Cardinals Donate Thousands to Jan Brewer’s Super PAC

This may not be what many people had in mind when they said the Arizona Cardinals needed to toughen up their defense during the off season.

The NFC West team contributed $5,000 last month to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewers super PAC, JAN PAC, becoming the first NFL franchise in league history to contribute to a federal super PAC. Brewer is known for her blitz against undocumented immigrants living in Arizona.

Via Fox News Latino