“We had an interesting discussion about why fewer students are coming to, particularly from Japan, to study in the United States, and one of the responses I got from our officials from conversations with parents here is that they’re actually scared,” Kerry told CNN. “They think they’re not safe in the United States and so they don’t come.”
Well, and I can’t imagine why they’d think that, what with American TV being beamed into space every day telling everybody who’s watching and everybody who talks to them at the hair salon that everything is going straight to hell and there’s nothing we can do about it.
It’s not even the guns. It’s that we’ve all convinced ourselves we’re going to be raped and murdered the second we step out the goddamn door. I had another idiot conversation with somebody about this recently, where the train was unsafe after dark and I shouldn’t ride on it without a gun, and I keep going ballistic about this out of all proportion to somebody’s ignorance because: Don’t you see how this looks to other people? What idiots we look like?
(And what the fuck am I going to do with a gun on the train that will calm the situation down? If it’s one guy with a gun, okay, maybe my gun convinces him that his gun is useless, but five guys with guns will just be like, go ahead and shoot Biff, none of us like him anyway.)
Right now, in Congress, we are basically about to pass a bill that needs dentures, a bill even the rank-and-file of the NRA thinks is okay, and gun nuts are acting like the earth is caving in, and being even dumber than usual.
Forget if there actually are people running around with guns (and it’s not like Japanese entertainment is free of violence, so come on). There are people running around being CRAZY ASSHOLES, and that would be just as much a reasonable deterrent to tourism and study-abroad-ing as anything else.