Global Times, a newspaper described as an “angry Chinese government mouthpiece,” recently published an editorial in which it called for “urgent gun control,” in the United States, the second Chinese Communist Party publication to do so within the last month.
The newspaper’s January 17 front page editorial entitled Political inertia hinders gun control action, states that there is “clearly an urgent need for gun control in the US,” lamenting that it will “be impossible for the country to ban guns.”
Striking an authoritarian tone, the editorial notes how, “The difficulties in promoting gun control show that US society lacks authorities willing and able to push forward reform.” Presumably, if the United States were a one party dictatorship like China, such “reforms” would be far easier to implement.
The editorial goes on to claim “how different China is from the US” and how the failure of gun control legislation “has become an institutional defect” of the United States. The piece even uses the gun control debate in the United States as an example of why the power of China’s ruling Communist dictatorship should not be weakened, arguing that, “China’s social transition cannot be developed into a process of decreasing of authorities.”
According to an investigation by Foreign Policy Magazine, Global Times is a “hyper nationalistic” publication “located within the sprawling Haiwaiban campus of the People’s Daily, the stodgy old organ of the Chinese Communist Party.” The People’s Daily owns the newspaper, which FP’s Christina Larson describes as an “angry Chinese government mouthpiece” that specializes in “attacking American values.”
Global Times is China’s third largest newspaper with a daily print readership of 2.4 million and a web audience of 10 million.
The Communist Party of China has not been shy in its advocacy for gun control in the United States. As we reported last month, the Chinese press agency Xinhua, which “is subordinate to the State Council and reports to the Communist Party of China’s Propaganda and Public Information Departments,” published a report on December 15 which urged Barack Obama to wage “a protracted war” on the second amendment.
The editorial noted that the Sandy Hook massacre provided Obama with an opportunity to push his agenda and that there should be “no delay for U.S. gun control.”
The bleak irony of Chinese government mouthpieces pushing gun control in the US is of course the fact that the Communist Party was founded by Mao Zedong, whose policies killed 40-70 million Chinese citizens during the cultural revolution.
Mao himself once remarked that “political power grows out of the barrel of a gun,” an understanding he ruthlessly put into action by disarming people who had no means to defend themselves against his genocide.
“The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party,” Mao stated before applying gun control laws he had inherited which “made it illegal to import or possess rifles, cannons, or explosives without a permit.” The laws were updated in 1957 when the National People’s Congress outlawed the manufacture, repair, purchase, or possession of any firearm or ammunition “in contravention of safety provisions.”
China is routinely rocked by riots staged by residents furious at the arbitrary theft of their land by the state, which under the Communist system claims that the government owns all land and that private property rights are non-existent. However, the state-owned media ensures that news of the protests does not reach a national audience.
Those subjected to brutal forced relocation programs, some of which end in state-sanctioned murder, have no means to defend themselves against heavily armed police and PLA troops.
The fact that Americans would be angered at being lectured by propagandists working on behalf of a one party dictatorship about their inherent rights is understandable. That is, unless you’re someone like Peter Beinart of the Daily Beast, who in response to CNN host Piers Morgan’s crusade against the second amendment, wrote that Americans are going to have to “accept” being lectured by the likes of Morgan and “Chinese officials” as part of “Globalization 2.0,” under which Americans must submit to “increased interpenetration by foreign immigrants, products, money, and mores.”