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December 2, 1992

Violence in America: Time to Bite the Bullet Back

Author Affiliations

Colorado Springs, Colo

JAMA. 1992;268(21):3070. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490210051020

To the Editor.  —I was a little dismayed at the AMA's becoming involved in the antigun cause without considering the causes for their violence. The use of guns for criminal activities cannot be justified, but the gun is not to blame; the person who holds it is.1A comparison of five societies would be instructive: Japan, Switzerland, the United States, South Africa, and Ireland.To blame the guns for the violence is ridiculous. A frequently used example of low violence and restrictive gun laws is Japan. Both are true, but the reason for the low level of violence may be the culture, not the gun laws.In Switzerland, they also have a low crime rate, but assault weapons are readily accessible to the male population, as they are generally in the Army. In both Japan and Switzerland the population is well educated and homogeneous. The United States has a