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Number 683, August 12, 2012

"The United States...exercises lax firearm
possession control, causing rampant gun ownership."

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Up Yours, China!
by L. Neil Smith

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I will begin this by admitting that I am not accustomed to passing information along that I have received from groups like the National Association for Gun Rights or its Executive Vice President Dudley Brown.

I remember Dudley from the early days when he started out as a Second Amendment advocate in Denver. I have always disagreed with him profoundly regarding strategy and tactics in that cause. My impression is that his current group—and it is far from alone in this—is considerably more interested in fund-raising than in preserving and protecting the individual right to own and carry weapons, altogether too quick to claim the credit for the achievements of others in that field.

All of that being said, I received a mass e-mailing from Dudley this week, the substance of which I feel a necessity to broadcast and comment on, because it is just too sinister—and silly—to overlook.

The communist Chinese government, it appears, has seen fit to observe—Dudley says it isn't the first time; I'm afraid I haven't been paying attention—American laws and customs with regard to the ownership and use of firearms. To illustrate their view of the proper policy, he offers photographs of uniformed thugs, piling up, pouring gasoline over, and burning firearms (I never saw so many SKSes in one place) taken from homes of individuals who, one can't help inferring, are not all that ecstatic to be living in the last Marxist workers' paradise, and perhaps envision a change sometime in the foreseeable future.

All of this arises because—and here's something else Dudley reveals that I didn't know,—the Glorious People's Republic issues an annual report on human rights in the United States, the most recent edition of which claims (and I quote Dudley, here, quoting the Chinese report, "The United States prioritizes the right to keep and bear arms over the protection of citizens' lives and personal security, and exercises lax firearm possession control, causing rampant gun ownership."

One hardly knows where to begin ...

At least we can see and understand now where Charles Schumer, Hillary Clinton, Carolyn McCarthy, Henry Waxman, Diana DeGette and the rest of the hoplophobic parasites get their standup material. Exactly like the Chinese government—and despite mountains of statistics and decades of experience—Schumer and his putrid ilk willfully refuse to make the appropriate connection between "the right to keep and bear arms" and "the protection of citizens' lives and personal security". Most likely that's because, looters that they all are, at heart, they don't really want the lives and personal security of citizens to be protected.

At least not from themselves.

To a knee-jerk conservative like Dudley, this report is insulting. However to any libertarian, it's both fascinating and hilarious. The United States government has certainly earned itself a whole world of calumny for the way that the past four administrations have attempted to shred and flush the Bill of Rights and the rule of law—as well as to crush the American people and "reduce them under absolute despotism."

Not that any of that is something the Chinese government would regard as worthy of disapproval. And apparently the feeling is mutual: when George the Wimp (as opposed to George the Idiot) praised the evil rulers of communist China with faint damns over the travesty of Tienanmen Square, it was clear that that was the way he wished he could rule America, in what Alexis de Tocqueville called "le system Chinois".

But the best—and funniest—part of the Chinese diatribe is that wonderful phrase "rampant gun ownership". I couldn't have said it better if I'd tried. That's exactly what we Americans need and ought to want, and, to a degree, that's what we have already: 750 million firearms "of modern design, in good working order", according to the firearms industry itself. Maybe 100 million more, since Barry Hussein Whateverhisnameis got himself coronated. That probably qualifies as "rampant gun ownership". I'm tempted to suggest to my friends at Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership that they change JPFO to JPRFO.

But let's try accepting the advice of our Marxist friends and do a little prioritizing. Let's put things in their true and appropriate perspective.

To begin, China today is not properly a nation, it is the world's largest anthill. It is a place in which every western nightmare of totalitarianism—the ugliest imaginings of George Orwell—have come true, exactly as if they'd employed 1984 [ or Barnes &] as some kind of how-to manual. My earliest political awareness of China came to me in grade school in the 1950s, in the form of reports from Tibet that their invading and occupying troops had taken to sterilizing women with blowtorches.

China today is a place where individuals who find themselves out of favor with the government for one reason or another are not simply imprisoned and tortured, as in other kinds of dictatorships (now, regrettably, including our own), but are doomed to be cut up for spare parts, in order to extend the lives of China's rich and powerful nomenklatura.

It is a place where the fundamental unit of civilization, the individual—which is all, in objective reality, that actually exists (groups, as such, being merely imaginary constructs)—counts for precisely nothing. It is a place where the group (or at least those who claim to speak for it) is all anyone is supposed to see or think about.

Anti-collectivism as Original Sin.

Thanks entirely to idiotic ideas like that—although the Marxoid western media seldom report the fact—China is a gigantic, wildly careening juggernaut falling into pieces as it rattles along, blindly crushing everything in its path. It is long overdue, and inexorably bound for, a violent collision with the hard facts of that objective reality I mentioned. I confidently expect (remember you read it here first) that long before the time my daughter is my age, there will be at least a dozen Chinas, and that some of them might even be free countries.

Otherwise, when a time and technology inevitably arrive that allow individuals and their families to leap freely from the face of the planet in vehicular devices they can afford, or even build themselves, the vast stretches of Asia that are now called China will be entirely deserted, ending millennia of otherwise distinguished and amazing history.

Ironically—and here's another funny side to that "human rights" report—if in the end, the individual liberty that Americans know and love must be preserved by force of arms, it will be with weapons, to some degree, that the Chinese were delighted to sell us, not only items like the SKS, the AK-47 and the faux Tokarev, but fairly decent copies of the 1911A1, the M1 Garand, and the M1A. I don't think I know anybody who doesn't own at least one weapon imported from China.

I have often wondered what the workers in the factories that produce such items think—and say to one another—about the fact that they are intended for sale to private individuals in the United States.

But, as usual, I have digressed.

"Not surprisingly," says Dudley, "the commies in China sound an awful lot like our own home grown gun-grabbers." But I think he's got it turned around. The American victim-disarmament industry is almost certainly not a home grown phenomenon, closely allied as it is and in intimate communication with, not just the moral cannibals of the communist Chinese government, but with the openly genocidal United Nations.

The Second Amendment implies that the right of the people to keep and bear arms is necessary to the security of a free state. That makes the advocacy of "gun control" by public officials sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution, an act of treason. But Schumer and the rest should be prosecuted, not simply for treason, but for crimes against humanity.

This is where I usually mention a little Pennsylvania town called Nuremberg.

As I said earlier, I don't much care either for Mr. Brown or his Dudley-come-lately organization. But it's only fair that, since they inspired this column (demonstrating once again that nothing or nobody is completely without some merit), I let you know that his National Association for Gun Rights is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, organization whose snail-mailing address is P.O 7002, Fredericksburg, VA 22404. It can also be contacted toll-free at 1-877-405-4570. Its web address is

L. Neil Smith is the Publisher and Senior Columnist of L. Neil Smith's THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE, as well as the author of 33 freedom-oriented books, the most recent of which is DOWN WITH POWER: Libertarian Policy in a Time of Crisis:
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