I say thanks to the editor for mentioning the "disagreement" of some historians regarding the quote attributed to Admiral Yamamoto the Japan regarding Guns in America and why Japan did not assault the U.S. Mainland ~ Pearl harbor ("Taking concern with a "gun-free society," Oct. 14).

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However, upon mine research prior to I contained the quote in my article, check out (Wikiquote.org/wiki/Isoroku_Yamamoto), that is stated, "quote was stated in a letter to Ryoichi Sasakawa prior to the attack" (while mentioning the details of the pending attack). The referenced "letter" is declared to it is in in the extensive an individual files the Gordon W. Prange, the an individual historian because that Gen. Douglas MacArthur! The Yamamoto quote in this letter is said to be, "to attack the United claims would prove most an overwhelming because behind every tongue of grass is one American with a rifle."

I did no personally find the Gordon Prange files to situate the yes, really copy that the letter while doing the research. However, reasonable would imply that the letter to Ryoichi Saskakawa indigenous Yamamoto is in those documents -- why do a recommendation to a certain letter"s presence -- which deserve to be confirmed by check those extensive records -- if one has the time and energy -- if such a certain letter does not exist?

Historian Donald M. Goldstein (cited in the editor"s note as questioning the authenticity the the quote, was involved in writing a significant book around the Pearl harbor planning. The book is a quite fine historic piece on the subject; and probably the most detailed. However, just because he says he "never experienced the document" is much from proof the specific letter somewhere deep in the Prange Files, does no exist. Those documents are extensive.

I believe I review somewhere, yet can"t it is in sure, the Prange himself declared the Yamamoto quote from time come time in conversations prior to he died. But the details letter referral is far much more relevant; and also with time and also energy, much more verifiable. After ~ all, it one of two people does exist or the doesn"t. Yet the facts remain. Japan walk not invade the U.S. Mainland after Pearl Harbor. And we to be armed.

So i stand by the Yamamoto quote, and leave it as much as the reader to identify its validity. But I personal don"t see a problem. The letter is specifically referenced. A find of the Prange documents can be done if desired. 

And the American mainland is lot safer this particular day from aggression through a foreign power thus fact. Ask great Britain. The joined States had actually to administer guns weapons and support in human being War II come England because they had actually banned every guns, and gun property by the populace; years before the pending intrusion of their mainland by Germany.

Without those guns, England would have actually been invaded without being able to fire a shooting in self defense. The food of the war might have to be changed. Your standing military of the moment was meager in ~ best; and poorly equipped. Germany to be on the verge of an intrusion of an excellent Britain.

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Various reasons stopped the invasion, however, at least they walk have weapons from the United states to use in self defense.



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