Chinese media makes bizarre claim about guns

Chinese media makes bizarre claim about guns
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The Chinese media has, in recent years, opined plenty about the right to keep and bear arms.

Well, they have and they haven’t.

You see, they talk about guns and gun control, but they don’t acknowledge the right to own guns. A prime example is this editorial from China Daily.

A shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, in the United States late on Tuesday left at least six people dead and some injured, three days after a shooting at a Colorado nightclub left five people dead and 25 injured. The number of mass gun killings in the US has now exceeded 600 for the third year in a row.

Gun violence was a major issue during the recent midterm elections in the US. US President Joe Biden said that gun violence must be tackled, but repeated shootings indicate that the problem is only getting worse.

It is not surprising that deaths from gun violence in the US are far higher than in any other developed country, given that with just 4.2 percent of the world’s population, the country has 46 percent of the world’s civilian guns.

Now, from this, it could appear as if this were just any other editorial from any American city. Guns are bad and shootings are happening and gun control is the only answer, blah blah blah.

But it’s how this wraps up that is telling.

The long-standing gun violence in the US is rooted in its “gun culture”, which came after the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, adopted in 1791, was judged to protect the right of citizens to own arms.

Given that the right to life is the most important human right, whether the US can effectively curb gun violence should be an important yardstick for the international community to measure its human rights.

What we’re seeing here is the communist party there using the Chinese media to try and deflect from their many human rights abuses by claiming America is a human rights abuser.

The problem is that this misrepresents a great deal.

You see, if the United States government was killing people, then maybe China would have a point–and remember, there is no independent media there. It’s all government-run–but that’s not what’s happening. These are private individuals killing private individuals. The government is no more responsible for its actions than any other nation is for the individual actions of its citizens.

The Chinese media here is trying to present our violent crime issue as if it somehow should absolve others of their government-driven abuses.

I’m sorry, but I’m not interested in being lectured by a government that has literal concentration camps that they have herded a minority population into.

Yes, individual Americans are killing other individual Americans, but the Chinese media has no place to criticize anyone when they’re the mouthpiece for a nation that believes in the forced sterilization of so-called undesirables.

Our right to keep and bear arms is a right. It’s anything but a human rights abuse.

While we all agree that something needs to be done about mass shootings, we don’t need to take China’s advice or anything said by the Chinese media. Especially since even the authoritarian controls there can’t stop violent crime.