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

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However, upon my research prior to I had the quote in mine article, watch (Wikiquote.org/wiki/Isoroku_Yamamoto), that is stated, "quote was proclaimed in a letter come Ryoichi Sasakawa before the attack" (while pointing out the details the the pending attack). The referenced "letter" is asserted to be in the extensive an individual files of Gordon W. Prange, the an individual historian because that Gen. Douglas MacArthur! The Yamamoto quote in this letter is stated to be, "to attack the United says would prove most challenging because behind every blade of grass is one American through a rifle."

I did no personally search the Gordon Prange documents to find the really copy the the letter if doing the research. However, reasonable would indicate that the letter to Ryoichi Saskakawa from Yamamoto is in those records -- why make a referral to a certain letter"s existence -- which deserve to be proved by checking those extensive files -- if one has 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 that the quote, was affiliated in creating a prominent book around the Pearl port planning. The publication is a rather fine historical piece ~ above the subject; and also probably the many detailed. However, just due to the fact that he says he "never experienced the document" is far from proof the specific letter what deep in the Prange Files, does not exist. Those files are extensive.

I believe I read somewhere, however can"t it is in sure, the Prange himself stated the Yamamoto quote from time come time in conversations before he died. But the details letter referral is far an ext relevant; and also with time and also energy, an ext verifiable. ~ all, it either does exist or it doesn"t. Yet the facts remain. Japan did not attack the U.S. Mainland ~ Pearl Harbor. And also we to be armed.

So i stand by the Yamamoto quote, and leave it as much as the reader to recognize its validity. Yet I personal don"t check out a problem. The letter is particularly referenced. A search of the Prange records can be excellent if desired. 

And the American mainland is much safer today from aggression by a foreign power therefore fact. Ask great Britain. The unified States had to carry out guns weapons and support in people War II to England due to the fact that they had actually banned all guns, and gun property by the populace; years prior to the pending invasion of your mainland by Germany.

Without those guns, England would have been got into without gift able come fire a shooting in self defense. The food of the war could have been changed. Your standing army of the time was meager at best; and poorly equipped. Germany was on the verge of an intrusion of an excellent Britain.

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



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