Craig, perhaps you're right. I was just trying to come up with something to explain the very strong feelings about and the overabundance of guns in America. It is a gun control discussion, is it not? As Ben suggested, something besides the guns themselves has to explain what is going on.
I also feel that what happened after the New York tragedy and in Afghanistan and Iraq very much reveals the general American character, both bad and good, and a lot of that is derived, I believe, in great part from what I stated earlier.
I am not at all saying that other people in other countries don't have their own sets of attitude problems and issues they have to work out; certainly the Japanese need a lot of work on a lot of things, especially a need to stop measuring the world through Japanese standards. But, for the moment, we aren't talking about them; we're talking about guns in America and why. If no one is willing to honestly take a look at the attitudes behind what is happening in the States then this whole discussion is rather a giant waste of time. Just people spouting off opinions without looking at the roots of the issue. Might as well not say anything at all then. But obviously it is a topic that touches a very deep nerve, and so most likely is something that really does have to be faced... it just seems no one wants to face the truth behind the feelings people have on both sides.
Just to let you know... I'm not Japanese. I'm an American/ German. I grew up in Japan, America, and Germany. Half of my family is American, so it's not like I'm not talking about myself, too.
I can say this, though... very likely someone, someone American, is going to contest everything I say here, using the usual argument that no one should lump Americans in one boat. True in one way, but as a nation Americans, too, have a distinct character that defines them as Americans and makes them different from Germans or Brazilians or Chinese. That is where a generalization helps to identify aspects of being American that may be causing the problem we're talking about. This discussion will get absolutely no where if we just take each individual's opinion one-by-one. There has to be some kind of common language.