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Monday, April 21, 2014

Gun Control Backfires in China

Like all totalitarian regimes, Communist China has strict gun control. Ordinary citizens are not allowed to have guns for their safety. The reason is obvious: an armed citizenry is more difficult for a dictatorship to control. One of the first things Fidel Castro did after seizing power in Cuba in the late 1950s was to take away guns from the Cuban people.

But a ban on guns can be deadly. A recent massacre was carried out by knife-wielding attackers in a Chinese railway station. A gang of eight, carrying knives, knew that travelers would be unarmed and helpless to stop a knife attack. In March this group murdered 29 innocent people and injured 143 more in a Chinese train station. No citizens were able to stop the killings. Half of the gang then escaped, though China claims it later captured some of them.

That kind of attack would be impossible in the United States, where ordinary people are able to obtain permits to carry concealed guns. When an armed murderer entered a crowded Colorado church a few years ago to kill the families inside, a woman pulled out her concealed gun and shot him. She prevented the tragic murder of dozens of people.

But no ordinary citizens are allowed to carry guns in China, and no travelers in the Chinese train station could stop the knife-wielding gang of thugs. The gang stabbed and killed people again and again, without anyone being able to do anything about it. Eventually some police arrived, but not until after more than 150 people had been stabbed, many to death.

China could follow the example of the United States and allow citizens to carry guns. But China is a Communist country and is turning further in the wrong direction by increasing its control over its own people. China’s strict gun control will probably result in even more knife attacks.

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