Kerry: U.S. Officials Claim Fewer Foreign Students Coming To Study Because Of Guns

Kerry: U.S. Officials Claim Fewer Foreign Students Coming To Study Because Of Guns

JILL DOUGHERTY, CNN FOREIGN AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT: There is a major debate on guns. Do you hear in other countries where you have visited any concern about that debate?

JOHN KERRY, SECRETARY OF STATE: I’ve heard in a couple of quiet conversations with U.S. officials is two things: Number one, how safe it is over here in this country where people are not running around with guns. And number two, how our — how some students, we had an interesting discussion on why fewer students, particularly from Japan, are coming in the United States. One of the responses I got from our officials from conversations with parents is that they are actually scared. They think they are not safe in the United States and so they don’t come.

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