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Gun Crime, USA, 1980 -2013, 1,057,000

March 29, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog heard the snarl of a scooter and then there they were! Two copies of The Japan Times newspaper – special delivery!

Not flung from the scooter (normal practice for deliveries) but hurled with extreme prejudice  at one of my cats. Completely understandable.

Let’s move on from cat/scooter conflict scenarios. Complex. Disturbing. No solution in sight.

I’d been looking forward to seeing the Japan Times issues because I’d got a few stories in them and my wife was profiled in a column, and yes, a bit of vanity.

What smacked me in my face, front page, was Yoko Ono and a number.

1 million and fifty seven thousand.


Don’t try dialing it for a pizza. That’s the number of Americans who have been killed (by guns) in the USA since John Lennon was shot on Dec 8, 1980.

Yoko Ono’s twittering about it.

Me, I was stunned.


I didn’t actually read my stories. I’d written them so I knew what I was blathering about.  I was transfixed by this number (and by john Lennon’s blood spattered glasses) . I just sat awhile and wondered why a country that has lost more than a million of its people can even consider gun ownership a ‘debate’.

1,057,000. I hope that’s a typo.

It isn’t, is it?





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