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Chinese media tends to be very astute at picking up and exacerbating hot-button American political issues, doing everything it can to highlight controversies even when China’s authoritarian brutality makes the criticism absurd.
A fresh example appeared in the state-run Global Times on Wednesday as the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 was invoked to justify gun control legislation as part of a sarcastic broadside against American criticism of Chinese human rights violations.
Article - Spectacle - Communist - China - Hearings
The article, prompted by the bizarre spectacle of Communist China supposedly holding hearings in Beijing to discuss “gun violence in the US and hear first-hand testimonies from witnesses, including U.S. anti-gun activists,” offers a near-parodic example of China trying to deflect attention from its appalling human rights record by claiming the U.S. has human rights problems too:
Since Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, the debate over gun control has never ceased among Americans. Yet seven score and 14 years later, people in the country can still purchase guns easily in supermarkets or local gun stores. Mass shootings in the US have remained constant. The number of victims is growing rapidly. “The US is home to 5 percent of the world’s population, but experienced 31 percent of public mass shootings worldwide between 1966 and 2012,” Time Magazine reported in 2015.
Think - Tank - Pew - Research - Center
The Washington-based think tank Pew Research Center claimed in August 2019 that “39,773 people died from gun-related injuries in the US” in 2017, which is “the most recent year for which complete data is available.” From 1968 to 2011, about 1.4 million people have died from firearms in the US. This is approximately equal to the number of casualties in the Vietnam War.
Gun violence has become one of the most severe human rights crises in the US. What’s more important: human rights or human life?
Rights - Associations
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