15 Apr 2013 09:37 AM EST
-by Alex Mangini, Staff Writer; Image: John Kerry on Guns (Image Source: CNN Screenshot)
As the conversation on gun control continues to dominate Washington, Secretary of State John Kerry explained today that diplomats from several countries have told him that foreign students have been hesitant to come study in the United States because they are “scared” of the increasingly bothersome threat of firearm violence.
“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 from Tokyo.
The former Democratic presidential nominee hailed Japan’s safe culture of responsible firearm use, describing the country as a place “where people are not running around with guns.”
“They think they’re not safe in the United States and so they don’t come," he said.
The statistical evidence of Japanese exchange students in the U.S. supports Kerry's claim.