Mr. Mike Colling points out (Mailbag, Nov. 16) that Japan only had eight deaths from guns in 2015.

However, if you examine two sources adding the suicide rate from the World Health Organization and homicide rate from the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, guess what: Japan's murder and suicide rate per 100,000 is 22.1. The U.S. rate with all our firearms profusion is 16.8 per 100,000. Wikipedia has this chart documented on their site.

Let that sink in. For those of you who love statistics, there you are: Japan with no guns has more murders and suicides per capita than we do. Does it matter how they killed or committed those deaths?

Are you politicians paying attention, Sen. Merkley and Sen. Wyden?

Gary Hartman

Lebanon (Nov. 16)

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