John Kerry: Foreign Students ‘Scared’ of Guns in United States

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 at 8:31 am

The relentless anti-gun propaganda coming from this administration may have reached a new low as the Secretary of State passes along an anecdotal story allegedly from some kid’s parents in Japan. This tale then becomes a CNN headline blaring that foreign students won’t come here because they’re afraid of guns. Bu why should they be? Aren’t colleges so-called gun free zones?

Students in other countries assessing where to study abroad are increasingly scared of coming to the United States because of gun violence, the nation’s top diplomat said Monday.

Speaking with CNN foreign affairs correspondent Jill Dougherty in Tokyo, Secretary of State John Kerry said he’d discussed the situation with officials there who said students felt unsafe in the United States.

“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. They think they’re not safe in the United States and so they don’t come,” Kerry said.

So one alleged response translates into kids won’t come here because of guns? Preposterous.

In 2011, Japan sent 21,290 students to study in the United States, making it the seventh largest country of origin for international scholars. That was down 14% from the previous year, according to numbers from the Institute of International Education.

So this covers 2010 and 2011, well before Aurora and well before Newtown and the latest anti-gun hysteria. Read that again: Enrollment by Japanese students was down prior to those events.

So now if students are “scared” to come here, why is there record enrollment of foreign students?

The number of international students enrolled in U.S. colleges climbed 6% to a record 764,495 last year, propelled primarily by continuing increases of students from China and a recent surge from Saudi Arabia, a report released Monday says.

One word is missing from that USA Today story: Guns. Don’t expect to see that fact reported anywhere today. Only Kerry’s absurd remarks.

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9 Responses to “John Kerry: Foreign Students ‘Scared’ of Guns in United States”

  1. Blue Hen on 15/15/13 at 8:42 am

    Did he ask anyone what the reaction was to arming mexican drug lords? No? Fancy that.

    Howz about all of the weapons and shoulder-fired SAMs that used to be in Libya? Any questions regarding them? No? Not even from what’s left of Mali? Go figure.

  2. MT Geoff on 15/15/13 at 10:23 am

    If people are afraid of the US because we exercise our rights, those people will be welcome in places like the UK or Japan, I’m sure. I’m prepared to stand by my rights even if they annoy foreigners. In fact, I’d especially stand by freedom of religion if it annoys foreigners who believe they should impose their religions on us.

  3. Blue Hen on 15/15/13 at 10:48 am

    I’d especially stand by freedom of religion if it annoys foreigners who believe they should impose their religions on us.

    An excellent point. Would Sec Lurch (the tax cheat) whine about foreign students staying away because coeds aren’t wearing burkas? If not, why not?

  4. Rich K on 15/15/13 at 12:07 pm

    Good, I’m glad they are scared. Stay home and fix your own screwed up country and stay out of our business.

  5. gracepmc on 15/15/13 at 12:10 pm

    As SOS did Kerry extoll the freedoms and security of the great country he is so privileged to represent or did he tell them not to worry that President Obama and the Democrats were working hysterically hard to trample our silly 2nd Amendment rights and get the guns out of the hands of law abiding Americans?

  6. Chris Morton on 15/15/13 at 1:36 pm

    If they’re afraid of guns, they should stay home.

    I’m afraid of giant, atomic fire breathing reptiles, so I avoid Tokyo.

  7. Bullard Walloo on 15/15/13 at 1:53 pm

    Foreign students scared of US guns – YES. Foreign students scared of Muzzie suicide belts – not so much.