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Trump urges people to arm themselves to protect against gun violence — which is nearly nonexistent in Japan

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In Japan, gun homicides are so rare the likelihood of dying by firearm is equal to an American’s chance of being killed by lightning.

Still, President Donald Trump encourages people to look to guns as a means of protection. In a speech Monday, Trump called the Texas shooting a “mental health problem” not a “guns problem.” But Japan has almost eradicated gun crime in the country by putting requirements on gun sales that are similar to driver’s tests.

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To own a gun in the country, a citizen must attend an all-day class and perform at least 95 percent on a shooting-range test, as well as pass a written exam. They’re also required to pass drug tests and mental health tests. In 2014 there were just six gun deaths in Japan, while there were 33,599 in the United States. At the same time, off-duty police aren’t permitted to carry their firearm, and when they must subdue a suspect, they use a combination of martial arts or striking weapons, Business Insider reported.

Still, Trump wants to see more guns.


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Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro pushes political incorrectness to the limit

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro regularly offends opponents with political incorrectness and far-right diatribes, but he is taking heavier fire than usual for suggesting a respected journalist tried to get dirt on him with offers of sex.

The man dubbed the "Tropical Trump" has racked up a long list of controversial remarks over the years: he has praised the use of torture by Brazil's former military dictatorship; he once told a lawmaker he opposed she "wasn't worth raping"; he has said he would rather see his sons die than come out as gay.

But this week's firestorm has been big, even by his standards.

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‘Bulletproof from a pardon’: Fox News analyst says judge in Stone case just made things tough for Trump

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In the wake of Roger Stone's sentencing of 3.5 years in prison this Thursday, Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano posited that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson's choice to go along with Attorney General Bill Barr's sentencing recommendation could have been an effort to pardon-proof the sentence from President Trump.

"[Jackson's] trying to make this bulletproof from a pardon," Napolitano said. "Because she went along exactly with what [Barr] requested."

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Adam Schiff sends signal that a Roger Stone pardon would be another impeachable offense

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Rep. Adam Schiff suggested that a presidential pardon for Roger Stone would be an impeachable offense.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced the longtime Republican operative to 40 months in prison, saying Stone had lied to Congress and threatened a witness to cover up possible wrongdoing by President Donald Trump -- and Schiff sent a warning against a pardon.

"Roger Stone was found guilty of lying to Congress and threatening a witness," Schiff tweeted.

Schiff, who led the impeachment inquiry and trial, agreed with Jackson -- whose language echoed the lawmaker's "corrupt scheme and cover-up" indictment during the Senate trial.

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