President's Column | China’s Anti-Gun Stance Doesn’t Stop Mass Killings

at President, NRA posted on December 29, 2015
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Michael Ives

This feature appears in the January ‘16 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.  

After each rampage or mass murder by a lone-wolf killer, President Barack Obama always spins a variation of his unseemly, knee-jerk threat to erase the right to keep and bear arms: “We as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.” 

As with everything that Obama says about the Second Amendment, this is a lie. And it is repeated and amplified by Obama’s acolyte, Hillary Clinton, in her bid to capture the White House in 2016. 

Always laying more groundwork for the embrace of an Australian model for national confiscation of firearms from strictly law-abiding citizens on our soil, Obama recently claimed, “What’s different is not every country is awash with easily accessible guns.”China is a cradle-to-grave police state that defines the utopian dream of a universal gun-free zone envisioned for Americans by our home-grown gun banners.

What about a nation where there are no firearms in private hands? Does the total absence of guns prevent mass carnage, especially in schools? The answer is something we as well-informed citizens must tell others to counter the big lie. It is, in fact, astonishing. 

Look no further than China. 

That nation is a cradle-to-grave police state that defines the utopian dream of a universal gun-free zone envisioned for Americans by our home-grown gun banners. Yet mass killers abound in the total absence of citizens’ firearms.

Rampage murder and maiming by attackers armed with knives in China is epidemic. A few of the many deeply disturbing headlines tell the story far better than I can relate it, especially when it comes to the now-common attacks at schools. 

“China searches for answers after school attacks.” That was a BBC headline on a story declaring, “China is reeling from a surge of attacks on innocent children and the country is searching for answers while beefing up security for schools.” 

The BBC story recounted a litany of rampage murders and maimings of children including this one: “A middle-aged man armed with a knife wounded 28 children and three adults at a kindergarten in Jiangsu province, eastern China. Five children were left in a critical condition.” 

An additional BBC piece—headlined “China children ‘hacked to death’ in new school attack”—is especially chilling. The coverage went beyond describing one horrific incident where seven children and two adults “have been hacked to death at a kindergarten in China” and chronicled a steady series of mass killings and maimings in schools. 

“Another 11 children were injured in the attack near Hanzhong city, Shaanxi province. … The children were all thought to be under the age of six. Their attacker later killed himself.”

The story continues, “There have been five violent school attacks in the past two months in China, leaving dozens of people dead or injured.” 

Then there is this, also from the BBC, headline: “Man held over fatal knife attack at China kindergarten.” The story says, “A man who killed at least three children in a knife attack at a Chinese kindergarten has been arrested. … More than 20 children and staff were hurt at the school in the eastern city of Zibo, Shandong province.” As NRA members, we have a responsibility. Armed with the truth, we must be prepared to counter lies about our rights and freedom.

This news coverage occurs with regularity. Such articles are a fact of life. But China has no more of a knife problem than we have a gun problem. We have a common problem—evil. And no law, no edict, no government power can prevent evil. 

As NRA members, we have a responsibility. Armed with the truth, we must be prepared to counter lies about our rights and freedom. 

None of this knife murder and mayhem in China gets anything but a blip of coverage, if that, in our media. It doesn’t fit the gun control agenda of the likes of Obama, Hillary and billionaire gun-banner Michael Bloomberg. 

The fact that such appalling, insane violence exists in China or any other society shatters the gun-ban claim that it is unique to our national character. It is not. 

What is unique to the American character are the rights enumerated and sustained by our Constitution. What is uniquely American is the freedom secured by those God-given rights. As NRA members, we must assure that those rights and freedoms—that belong to all Americans whether they exercise them or not—are ever-protected. 

Armed with the truth, it is our duty as informed citizens to counter corrosive lies wherever and whenever liberty is under attack. So, next time you hear someone say our Second Amendment is the cause of mass violence, tell them about China.


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