Japan has a homicide rate of 1.1 murder per 100,000 compared to the USA of 8.7 per 100,00 - far less murder and mayhem. We average about 11 firearm deaths per 100,00 (accidents account for much of this) while Japan averages less than 1 death per 100,00. We're leading in homicides and firearm death - USA! USA! USA! Now about pencils, kids don't seem to have a big problem there... lets start with reducing the guns freely available.