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"American movies are seen in USA and lots of other countries. So the first one fits better."

But one has to take into account the context in which they are shown, lighting a flare in an open football stadium is different from the tragic case in Brazil of doing it in a nightclub (even if it had had better exits).

Showing a film encouraging the use of guns to resolve problems in the US with its levels of gun ownership (and the widepspread positive attitude about this) is different from showing it in Japan:

In October 1992, in Louisiana, a Japanese exchange student named Yoshihiro Hattori went into the wrong house on the way to a Halloween party. The homeowner's wife screamed for help and the homeowner drew his .44 pistol and yelled for the student to 'freeze!' Not understanding the American idiom that 'freeze!' means 'Don't move or I'll shoot', the student continued advancing towards the homeowner. The homeowner pulled the trigger and shot him dead.[1] While the incident initially attracted only brief attention in the national American press, the shooting horrified Japan; hundreds of thousands of Japanese have signed petitions calling for the United States to implement gun prohibition, and Hattori's parents have announced plans to begin working with the American lobby, Handgun Control Inc.[2]

To many Japanese, and to many Americans, it is simply incomprehensible that the United States has not implemented strict gun controls or prohibitions along the Japanese model. Gun control in Japan is the most stringent in the democratic world. The weapons law begins by stating 'No-one shall possess a fire-arm or fire-arms or a sword or swords', and very few exceptions are allowed.[3] Gun ownership is minuscule, and so is gun crime. As gun crime in other nations increases, many advocates of gun control urge that Japan's gun control policy be imitated.


Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Wed Jan 30th, 2013 at 12:34:37 PM EST
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The interesting thing is that Japanese society still carries a strong cultural memory of the absolute horror of arbitrary killing by the sword-bearing class.

One can only hope that a similar epiphany will happen one day in the USA, and that it won't take a military defeat accompanied by nuclear strikes to bring it about.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 04:06:19 AM EST
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The idea permeating American gun-ownership is to avoid enabling a ruling class which controls all weapons...

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Sat Feb 2nd, 2013 at 05:28:35 AM EST
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Swords were actually banned in the Meiji period- 1876. Nothing to do with WWII.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2013 at 06:58:44 AM EST
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Was around at the time. Local exchange student rep said "if someone tells you to 'freeze,' please please stand still."

sapere aude
by Number 6 on Fri Feb 1st, 2013 at 12:29:56 PM EST
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'68 I was in Houston. A long-haired BBC cameraman. Friend from LA  told me that if the cops pull you over, don't try the immediately-out-of-the-car, claim the neutral space - "Officer, is this really necessary? gambit."

"Keep your frickin' hands on the wheel, do not turn your head, do not speak unless spoken to, and follow orders immediately." It was excellent advice.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Feb 1st, 2013 at 12:40:07 PM EST
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by Number 6 on Fri Feb 1st, 2013 at 12:45:25 PM EST
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Newborn babies, the elderly and the infirm are believed to comprise the non-feared 2 percent.

But watch out for those two-year olds ! - in a house where even the mother has assault weapons.

And the elderly need to be really old - those old varmits can still pull a trigger :-)

But there remains a group of elderly inmates who committed violent crimes during their golden years, proving the point that many victims worry about.

Research has shown that arrests of elderly offenders have risen.

http://www.correctionsone.com/products/medical-supplies/articles/1965383-The-aging-inmate-issue-Can- we-afford-elderly-incarceration/

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2013 at 04:23:11 PM EST
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That's pretty good advice if stopped in any State in the USA.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2013 at 12:26:05 AM EST
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Very good advice if you're stopped by Swedish police as well.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Sat Feb 2nd, 2013 at 05:29:43 AM EST
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