By Aaron Kesel
In light of the recent Florida shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people and injured 14, the Chinese state-run newspaper Global Times has encouraged the U.S. government in a propaganda piece to “genuinely protect human rights” by restricting guns to its citizens like China does, Reuters reported.
“Washington has been pointing an accusing finger at other countries over human rights … However, more Americans have been killed by gunfire in the country than American soldiers being killed in all U.S. wars,” the Global Times wrote.
“Gun ownership in China is strictly regulated, which helps reduce gun-related crimes and deaths. The U.S. should learn from China and genuinely protect human rights,” the Global Times added.
“The U.S. has no other choice but to adopt gun control. The right of life is the most fundamental (of) human rights. The right to bear arms cannot overpower the individual’s right to live,” the Global Times concluded.
This advice comes from a communist country where they have spikes on the ground for the homeless. So tell me how spikes are a “right of life?”
Besides showing disregard for the poor, President Xi Jinping’s administration has seen a sweeping crackdown on lawyers and activists over the past few years, enacting new laws under the guise of “national security” since Xi Jinping took power in 2012.
Among those, there have been nearly 250 targeted individuals who were questioned or detained by state security agents following the unprecedented government crackdown on human rights lawyers and other activists that started in July 2015; nine were convicted of “subverting state power,” “inciting subversion of state power” or “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” according to Amnesty.org.
In November, Donald Trump repeatedly praised Xi during his state visit to Beijing in which the U.S. president did not publicly address China’s human rights record, Stratis Times reported.
However, in December, Trump’s executive order targeted Gao Yan a Chinese public security official for alleged rights abuses. Yan is in charge of the Chaoyang Detention Centre in Beijing where a Chinese rights activist, Cao Shunli, was held and questioned prior to her death in a hospital under police custody in March 2014, Reuters reported.
Bejing responded by telling the U.S. not to be a “human rights judge.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, expressed that China opposed the United States using sanctions to target other countries’ citizens based on their own domestic laws.
“We urge the United States to impartially and objectively look upon China’s human rights development and to stop acting as a so-called human rights judge,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, adding that “China’s police maintain public security in accordance with law.”
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Then there is China’s infamous firewall, which continues to rise and censor the Internet from Chinese citizens by suppressing social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and several others including search engines, The Economist reported.
In the gun debate, there is only one video that ever needs to be seen and that’s the Congressional hearing testimony of Suzanna Gratia Hupp, a survivor of the Luby’s shooting, also known as the Luby’s massacre.
On October 16, 1991, George Hennard drove his 1987 Ford Ranger pickup truck through the front window of a Luby’s Cafeteria at 1705 East Central Texas Expressway in Killeen, screaming “This is what Bell County has done to me!” then opened fire on the restaurant’s patrons and staff with a Glock 17 pistol and later a Ruger P89.
During the shooting, Hennard approached Suzanna Gratia Hupp and her parents. Hupp had actually brought a handgun to the Luby’s Cafeteria that day but had left it in her vehicle due to the laws enforced at the time, forbidding citizens from carrying firearms.
According to her testimony in favor of Missouri’s HB-1720 bill (a law to allow concealed carry), after she realized that her firearm was not in her purse but “a hundred feet away in her car,” her father charged at Hennard in an attempt to subdue him, only to be gunned down; a short time later, her mother was also shot and killed.
Hupp expressed regret for abiding by the law in question by leaving her firearm in her car, rather than keeping it on her person. She further stated that she didn’t blame the killer, or the gun; she blamed her legislators because she couldn’t protect herself and her family.
The U.S. government shouldn’t interfere with the Second Amendment to the Constitution, the right of citizens to bear arms. Americans don’t need human rights advice from a communist country that routinely commits human rights abuses on its own people. And given the poor human rights record of U.S. drone bombing and military invention abroad, we shouldn’t embrace any restriction of our right to self-defense at home from that government either.
The Second Amendment is a right of the people; if you ban sales from lawful citizens, you will encourage black market sales of firearms where the weapons aren’t registered. In such a case all the criminals will be armed, while forcing innocent civilians to be easy targets for a psychopath.
And in case you didn’t realize, there is already a law against murder, and that doesn’t change the reality of people still committing murder. This was demonstrated by a stabbing in China that killed 33 and injured 130 in 2014, and more recently an attack at a Beijing mall that killed 1 person and injured 12, CBS News reported.
I’ll leave you with a quote from a founding father of the U.S. Benjamin Franklin, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Someday you may be in Suzanna Gratia Hupp’s shoes wishing that you had a firearm to protect yourself or your family.
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