China — land of forced abortions, prisoners being used for transplant “donation”, censorship of the internet, forced labor — is hammering the United States on its civil rights record. The main issues the Chinese government sees? “The United States prioritizes the right to keep and bear arms over the protection of citizens’ lives and personal security…”
That’s right. Our violence rate is too high for Chinese…at least our “unofficial” violence rates, and for that, they blame gun ownership. (Apparently, they haven’t heard of the violence rates on housing estates in urban England…) I am quite sure they’d approve of the official violence rates — after all the police are enforcing the law.
And there’s the difference in thinking: the Chinese are an ancient society of bureaucrats. They have, for millennia, had a massive, useless set fo rent seekers who look to lord it over their charges for the sake of order. Very Confucian. The inverse view was taken by those thinkers of the Enlightenment in Europe, who had experienced the dangers of unchecked authority — be it kings or lord protectors — and decided that limited governance (and with it increased self-responsibility) was the way to go. One of the only ways to protect oneself from the steady encroachment of titled thieves and busybodies looking to take your salt and soda away was to have an armed population that could, if needed, rise up and quash the inevitable meddling of “smart folks” and wannabe aristocrats. (The Founders recognized these impulses even in themselves.)
I doubt seriously anyone outside of the usual “useful travelers” in the Progressive end of the political pool is going to view China’s “analysis” with any credence. But there’s the problem: Progressivism is a weed that cannot be eradicated. It is the philosophy of the political class and academia (who long to be part of the former.) Gun ownership is an anathema, a moral sin, to people who feel they have the right to tell you how to live your life. Along with Big Gulp sodas and cigarettes. This is the reason every totalitarian regime loves to rid the people of the means to resistance — be it 1930s Germany, the Soviet Union, China, Iran, Venezuela, or even Jolly Ol’ England, which banned guns to pull the teeth of Irish and socialist revolutionaries in the 1920s.
To those who would like to be left alone, and who recognize that police forces rarely have the ability or wherewithal to protect you, look at weapons ownership as key to self-reliance, or at the very least, the ability to defend one’s self and property when the police are 20 minutes away…or are the one’s at your door.