The Last Gasp of U.S. Gun Control: Smuggling

June 13, 2012

If you thought that the U.S. was incapable of any measure of gun control, think again. Of course, this relates to guns in China, not the U.S., but it’s a start:

The Chinese authorities said on Tuesday that they had detained 23 suspects here and had broken up an international gun trafficking ring that conspired with a United States soldier to smuggle firearms into China.

The Ministry of Public Security said that more than 100 guns and gun parts, and about 50,000 bullets, had been seized in the case, which is being jointly investigated with the American authorities.

The announcement came weeks after United States officials arrested Staff Sgt. Joseph Debose, 29, a soldier with a Special Forces National Guard unit in North Carolina, on charges of illegal firearms trafficking.

Nice. The U.S. government went so far as to cooperate with China’s PSB to solve this particular problem. That’s good for U.S.-China relations, but it makes me wonder why the U.S. can’t get in on a little of that domestic gun control.

The numbers are sickening, as usual. Here’s the China side (if you believe the stats):

Statistics show there were only 560 crimes involving the use of firearms last year.

The ministry said that since January, the number of criminal cases involving guns dropped 9.7 percent from the same period of last year, and criminal cases involving explosives fell by 21.6 percent.

Last year, crimes involving guns and explosives fell 46 percent and 39 percent, respectively from 2010, the statement said.

Five hundred and sixty crimes involving firearms. Hmm. Let’s see what happened in the U.S. In the state of Texas alone, there were 810 crimes using firearms in 2010.

I’ll stop there. I’m feeling slightly nauseated.

3 thoughts on “The Last Gasp of U.S. Gun Control: Smuggling

  1. Chopstik

    Obviously, the issue of gun control is a tricky subject. China does not want its citizens owning guns and works hard to ensure that they cannot possess them. Unfortunately, this means that its citizens are then at the mercy of the criminals who are obviously able to obtain them regardless of any laws in place to prevent such from happening as well as a government that is not in fear of being replaced by those over whom it holds sovereignty (whether by ballot or bullet).

    This does not mean that gun control is inherently good or bad (all such subjects should be viewed subjectively rather than with absolutist views) but it is important to keep in mind that the key word in “gun control” is “control”, not “gun”. The Chinese government is very aware of this which is why it works to maintain as much control over this as it does other aspects of the lives of its citizens. The US government does not, to this point, exercise similar control but it is something that must be continually monitored because, unfortunately, the old axiom still holds true – he who holds the guns holds the power.

    1. Nanjing03

      @Chopstick, you brought up a good point. My family and I have been to China and travelled among the people … as much as what was tolerated by the officials. The Chinese people are a great people with a lot of hope and promise, but they know that in spite of their steady progress, they are still under the heel of what amounts to … “tyranny in a Brooks Brothers suit.” They are bursting with curiosity and a desire to one day travel beyond their own borders and see the world that they are a part of. When we were there, we could not even practice our Chinese because the people there wanted to learn English. Ironically, there are 100 million “committed” Christians in China – more than in the U.S. or any other single Western country. I have to assume that there as many or mor people of other faiths ideologies too. Ultimately, the Chinese people will not be content with their first washing machine, their first automobile, and a new train station in the neighborhood. They will want to permanently own their own homes and property, travel in and out of the country and do business as they please. If the government won’t submit to their demands, they may very well take action against the government. The Chinese are a very resourceful, intelligent and determined people. They will find a means to get what they want, one way or the other, and a worried Chinese regime knows it.

  2. Hua Qiao

    Unlike so many laws in China, which are passed and then ignored, gun control is an imperative for the Party. It has nothing to do with avoiding citizen on citizen violent crime.