Saturday, January 19, 2013

Ed Emery: Japanese weren't afraid of our armies; they were afraid of our citizens' guns

In this issues video from last year's State Senate campaign, the winner of that election, Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, discusses the Second Amendment, including its historical context.

The amendment, he says, was the reason why Japan didn't attack the U. S. mainland during World War II.

"Japan wasn't afraid of our army; they were afraid of our citizens."

That ridiculous story has been circulating for decades, primarily by those who want to stop any rule or regulation addressing guns. No reputable historian takes it seriously.


Anonymous said...

Memo to Ed:

Shut up!

Jonathan Dresner said...

You're not kidding about "no reputable historian": It is deeply, completely wrong, obviously. Thanks for finding this, though. I've heard a lot of odd theories about Japanese history, but I hadn't heard this one before.