As we’ve noted while covering the protests in Hong Kong, where demonstrators have picked up bows and arrows for self-defense, China’s laws regarding gun ownership make California look like Texas. Civilian gun ownership is banned in the communist-controlled country, but when Chinese students head to the United States for college, it appears that many of them want to take advantage of the Second Amendment freedoms we enjoy here.
Oxford, Ohio is home to Miami University, and there are plenty of international students on campus who’ve discovered the local range. Mayday Gun Range opened in March of last year, and as the Oxford Observer reports, the owner wasn’t expecting students would make up a much of the range’s clientele.
“We were shocked, to say the least,” at the range’s popularity among the Chinese students, said Jeff Day, owner of Mayday. Day is a lifelong Oxford resident and respected firearms instructor around southern Ohio. “We haven’t quite hit the wider student market yet, but the Chinese students have loved coming here almost since the beginning,” Day said.
Leonard Chen, a Miami junior, said he remembers how nervous he was when he first tried shooting at Mayday last winter. Today, Chen has sampled almost every gun Mayday has to offer.
“I was scared first. Now that I have learned, my friends and I go often. We want to be as good as John Wick,” said Chen, referring to the movie anti-hero who never seems to miss.