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In the wake of the Christchurch massacre, it’s unsurprising that discussions have come around to gun control. It’s inevitable, especially in other countries where people don’t understand the basic concept of firearm ownership as a human right.
Because of the scale of the shooting and the politics surrounding it, the Christchurch shooting is getting a lot more international attention than they normally would.
For the most part, Americans are unfazed by the anti-gun push from the international community. The pro-Second Amendment advocates generally don’t care what other countries have to say about American gun laws, after all.
But we’re in trouble now. It seems Bangladesh has decided to push for greater gun control internationally.
Bangladesh will campaign against the widespread use of guns globally, the foreign minister says following the terrorist attacks on New Zealand mosques.
“We’ll raise voice for gun control,” AK Abdul Momen said, “In the US, 48 Bangladeshis have been killed in different convenient shops because of the widespread use of guns.”
He was speaking at an event marking the birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Sunday in Dhaka.
State Minister for Health Dr Murad Hossain was also present as guest at the event organised by Bangladesh Study Center with its president Uttam Kumar Barua in the chair.
I hope I don’t seem overly callous when I say this, but I don’t give a damn what Bangladesh thinks. I mean 48 Bangladeshies have been killed in convenience store robberies? Consider the sheer number of convenience stores in this country, that’s a pretty low number, truth be told. Especially since we have to assume this is over a number of years rather than, say, 2019 alone.
In other words, this is hardly an epidemic.
Of course, there isn’t a lot that Bangladesh can do to force the United States’ hand on this, either. After all, it’s a nation with a population of around half of the U.S.’s and a GDP just a bit higher than Louisianna’s. It’s not likely it has any means to exact any real pressure. Especially if it doesn’t want to risk the $260 million it gets from us each year in foreign aid money.
However, there is something to remember about this. Today, it’s Bangladesh. Tomorrow, it may well be a nation that matters to the United States economy, one that might be able to put a hurt on us somehow.
That means it’s best that we stay vigilant and make sure our lawmakers know not to worry about foreign countries trying to dictate American policy. Right now, Democrats are screaming about Russian meddling in elections, but they’ll eagerly allow foreign influence into our legislative process at every opportunity.
This is the United States of America. We don’t back down from people who want to strip our citizens of their constitutional rights, especially because of the actions of a man who wasn’t even in our country. No, we stand firm, and we stand ready.
For a lot of us, the original Red Dawn is a favorite movie. In the introduction, it outlines what all had happened in that world up to the beginning of the action. It labels various nations falling and ends with “American stands alone.”
The thing is, that’s not nearly as daunting for us as it would be a lot of other nations. Places like Bangladesh would do well to remember that.