While it would be easy to believe that this past weekend’s events in Texas completely decimated the anti-gun side, that’s simply not the case. Anti-gunners are still trying to make the case that the White Settlement shooting somehow proves that we need more gun control, despite the fact that these are the same people who decried the very law that allowed armed citizens to react so quickly.
On the pro-gun side, there are many who are quick to call these anti-gun voices “un-American.” While I try to avoid that kind of rhetoric, I certainly understand it. After all, the Constitution is quite clear on the matter of guns, despite what these anti-gun advocates may seem to claim.
However, those “un-American” voices are being echoed by one of the most un-American places you can think of: Chinese state-run media.
China’s state-run Global Times on Monday used the weekend’s shootings to argue that gun ownership is “out of control” in the United States and mass shootings are “shocking in a U.S. allegedly governed by law.”
For obvious reasons, the CCP has serious problems with the private ownership of firearms, so it attacked America’s Second Amendment with gusto in the Global Times:
The right to bear arms is enshrined by the US Constitution. No official statistics are on record counting how many guns there are among the US people, but the number is generally estimated to be hundreds of millions. Who own these guns? Are certain people prepared to use them as murder weapons? These issues have not been tracked or supervised effectively. Various criminal motives exist in American society. From the perspective of gun murders, the US is beset with crises.
Private gun ownership is a tradition from the early days at the founding of the US. In a modern society, the problems created by this tradition have already exceeded the benefits. Crime is one of the increasingly prominent modern diseases in several societies in the 21st century, and the spread of guns enables crime to unleash greater killing energy.
American society has already seen serious problems caused by the private ownership of guns, but their massive number has contributed to an enormous inertia. Many interest groups have benefited from it and some ordinary people have truly gained a sense of safety. To change this habit which has lasted hundreds of years, tremendous political courage and a rearrangement of interests is required.
The Chinese paper called it a “fact” that the U.S. cannot handle guns and bemoaned the victims of crime as “helpless” because they can’t demand stricter gun control laws. “Everyone must accept the risk that a shooting may occur at any time anywhere,” the Global Times asserted.
I’m quite sure that there are plenty out there who will agree with China’s assessment.
Frankly, as far as I’m concerned, the state-run Chinese media and the Chinese government itself can go perform anatomically improbable sexual acts upon their own person.
After all, this is the same country that is responsible for countless human rights atrocities. There are reports of black market organ harvesting being carried out by the government itself. This is the same government that is carrying out a genocide against the Uighur Muslims within their border. It’s a country where freedom of expression is stifled and where every dystopian nightmare is brought to life.
And yet, they seek to lecture us on safety?
Yes, crime is a problem and one that needs to be dealt with. However, taking cues from China is something the United States should avoid at all costs. Especially since there’s ample reason to believe that crime rates are horribly underreported by the communist nation. After all, when you tie salaries to the crime rate, you incentivize people to not report things.
Yet China is also the home to Hong Kong, a place where police are killing protestors who simply want their freedom. While Hong Kong enjoys a certain degree of autonomy, only a fool would think China has played no role in the heavy-handed response by the government there.
That’s something we don’t have to worry about here. Our government has lines it can’t cross, and those lines are reinforced by the fact that so many of us are armed.
So yeah, crime might be a problem here, but at least we’re not watching a genocide being carried out in our own country while being powerless to stop it. We’re not worried about the government’s political enemies having body parts scooped out so they can be sold to the highest bidder. We’re not worried about being shot in the streets by police simply because we want more freedom.
Frankly, if it came down to the choice between a higher crime rate (that might not actually be higher, truth be told) and less freedom, I’ll take a higher crime rate every time.
I’d much rather deal with the problems of too much freedom than deal with the problems of too little. As such, China and their media can go pound sand.