The Chinese media spends an awful lot of time paying attention to what happens here in the United States, particularly with regard to guns.
Unsurprisingly, the ruling communist party isn’t supportive of the Second Amendment. As a result, they like to get knee-deep into the debate whenever they can, usually under the guise of “unbiased journalism,” which we all know to be BS.
The latest example of the Chinese media trying to stir things up is in their coverage of a California gun show.
With ammunition, rifles and bulletproof vests on display, business is brisk at a Los Angeles area gun show – so much so you’d never know a mass shooting unfolded nearby just days ago.
Thousands of people turned out this weekend in the city of Ontario in California to view dozens of stands at the trade fair called the Crossroads of the West Gun Show.
Women pushing baby strollers looked at small pistols while strapping young men examined military-style semi-automatic riles that can handle several calibres of ammo. The vibe is cheerful. Kids under 12 get in free.
Most people did not want to address the elephant in the room, though, even as the state mourns.
mass shooting at a dance hall in Monterey Park, a 30-minute drive away, left 11 dead on January 21. Two days later, another shooter killed seven more people at farms in Half Moon Bay, near San Francisco. In both cases the shooters were elderly Asian men.
“Nobody talks about these incidents, but there is a spike in purchases this week,” said a vendor at the show, Crystal Markanson.
The truth is, though, why would anyone talk about them?
Honestly, people don’t just randomly walk up to folks and start talking about a mass shooting. They might do so to make sure they were aware, but a week after the fact when so much of the media attention was focused on the shooting? No, no one is going to bring it up.
After all, these are people interested in guns. They’re people who likely support the Second Amendment. They’re in an environment the Chinese media wouldn’t recognize really, one where they can exercise their rights whether the government approves or not.
As a result of that, though, they’re not going to stand around with relative strangers and discuss the glories of gun control or discuss how to address mass shootings more generally.
But that’s not what the Chinese media wants, anyway.
You see, these agents of the Chinese communist party want to stir up animosity. They want to try and frame these American citizens as somehow out of line, all because they’re not falling all over themselves to give up guns.
They did nothing wrong. There’s no news story here for the Chinese media or any media beyond the local report that the show had happened.
That’s irrelevant when you’re trying to interfere with our gun control debate, though, and that’s precisely what the Chinese media is trying to do.
Frankly, the anti-gunners don’t need the help–our own anti-gun media will carry that water just fine on its own, thank you very much–and all their efforts do is galvanize my desire to preserve our right to keep and bear arms.