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The Hypocrisy of Chinese Tyrants
by Larry Pratt
Executive Director, Gun
Owners of America
March 22, 2002
The Information Office of Communist China's
State Council has issued a report on U.S. Human Rights Record 2000.
The report is critical of the status of human
rights in America, but not because of the government's fatal attack on religious
dissidents at Waco, for example, but, get this: "The United States, the
only country where carrying a private weapon is a constitutional right, is a
society ridden with violence.... The excessive number of privately owned guns
has resulted in countless gun-related assaults, resulting in tragedy for many
This extraordinary concern for "victims of
gun violence" to use Handgun Control, Inc.'s (HCI) phrase, comes from a
government that has murdered tens of millions! This Chinese government still
imprisons people for being Christians. This level of hypocrisy might better be
In one respect the Chinese government is
preferable to HCI — the Chinese understand that our constitution does protect
an individual right to keep and bear arms.
The hypocrisy does not stop with the Chinese
government's report. Gun Owners of America interviewed a press spokesman at the
Chinese Embassy in Washington DC, a Mr. Yuan Yuan Zhang. Here is how the
Q: Are you aware that America won its freedom
and independence because, among other things, many of our private citizens had
guns? Do you know this?
A: Of course I know that. And you know Chairman
Mao's famous quotation?
Q: Yes. He said that political power comes out
of the barrel of a gun.
A: We needed guns to fight back the Japanese
invaders. We have 100 million men in our militias with guns.
Q: But, your point about Chairman Mao's
quotation is very interesting. He said what he said when he was a private
citizen and not a member of the government, right?
Q: So, under your present laws, Chairman Mao
would not have been allowed to have guns!
A: I'm trying to figure out your point.
End of interview.
But, as the fast-talking salesman said,
"There is more!"
All this concern by the Chinese Communists for
so-called "gun violence" in America does not translate to their own
international trade policy. Not only have the Chinese sold as many
semi-automatic AK-47's as possible in the American market, but they have opted
out of a proposed UN treaty on arms control. The Chinese have refused to comply
with the requirement that they mark each gun they make with a universally
recognized serial number.
Well, no hard feelings. Let's hope that
President Bush removes the Clinton import ban imposed on importing more of those
poorly marked AK-47's.
Larry Pratt is the Executive Director of Gun
Owners of America. Visit their website at http://www.GunOwners.org.
A few other articles from Mr. Pratt can be found on our website here: http://www.KeepAndBearArms.com/Pratt.