I give thanks to the editor for pointing out the "disagreement" of part historians regarding the quote attributed to Admiral Yamamoto that Japan about Guns in America and also why Japan go not strike the U.S. Mainland after Pearl harbor ("Taking worry with a "gun-free society," Oct. 14).

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However, upon mine research prior to I consisted of the quote in mine article, see (Wikiquote.org/wiki/Isoroku_Yamamoto), it is stated, "quote was declared in a letter to Ryoichi Sasakawa prior to the attack" (while pointing out the details that the pending attack). The referenced "letter" is asserted to be in the extensive personal files that Gordon W. Prange, the an individual historian for Gen. Douglas MacArthur! The Yamamoto quote in this letter is claimed to be, "to invade the United states would prove most daunting because behind every tongue of grass is an American v a rifle."

I did no personally find the Gordon Prange documents to situate the yes, really copy the the letter if doing the research. However, logic would suggest that the letter come Ryoichi Saskakawa from Yamamoto is in those files -- why do a reference to a certain letter"s visibility -- which deserve to be proved by checking those extensive files -- if one has actually the time and also energy -- if such a certain letter does not exist?

Historian Donald M. Goldstein (cited in the editor"s keep in mind as questioning the authenticity of the quote, was connected in composing a prominent book about the Pearl harbor planning. The book is a quite fine historical piece on the subject; and probably the most detailed. However, just due to the fact that he says he "never experienced the document" is much from proof the details letter somewhere deep in the Prange Files, does not exist. Those papers are extensive.

I believe I read somewhere, yet can"t be sure, the Prange himself stated the Yamamoto quote native time come time in conversations prior to he died. Yet the certain letter recommendation is far more relevant; and also with time and energy, more verifiable. After ~ all, it one of two people does exist or it doesn"t. Yet the truth remain. Japan walk not attack the U.S. Mainland after Pearl Harbor. And we to be armed.

So ns stand through the Yamamoto quote, and also leave it approximately the reader to identify its validity. Yet I personal don"t watch a problem. The letter is particularly referenced. A find of the Prange papers can be done if desired. 

And the American mainland is much safer now from aggression by a international power because of this fact. Ask good Britain. The united States had actually to administer guns weapons and support in people War II come England because they had actually banned all guns, and gun ownership by the populace; years prior to the pending intrusion of your mainland by Germany.

Without those guns, England would have actually been got into without being able come fire a shooting in self defense. The food of the war can have to be changed. Your standing military of the time was meager at best; and poorly equipped. Germany to be on the verge that an invasion of great Britain.

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Various factors stopped the invasion, however, at least they did have firearms from the United says to use in me defense.



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