So how come Japan's suicide rate, already one of the highest in the world, is up 15% over last year at this time?
The suicide rate was 17.7 per 100,000 population in the US in 2005, the most recent year the World Health Organization has stats for both countries. In Japan, the suicide rate was 24.2 per 100,000 population.
Gee, do you suppose people who really want to kill themselves will just find another way to get the job done if they don't have guns??