CNN Pushes Chinese Communist Party Line on Guns

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U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- CNN’s anti-gun bias, including a willingness to fake stories to push gun control, has been apparent for decades. The self-styled “most trusted name in news” further diminished what’s left of its tarnished reputation this week when it parroted the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) line on Second Amendment rights.

In a piece titled, “China and the US were both born from armed conflict. They’re now polar opposites on gun control,” a pair of CNN writers favorably contrasted the totalitarian Chinese government’s gun control regime with U.S. freedom.

The outlet boasted of “how rare gun crime is in China – in contrast to it being a daily reality in the US.” Touting China’s near-total civilian disarmament, CNN’s writers claimed, “The difference is stark when it comes to public safety. Despite being the world’s most populous country, with 1.4 billion residents, China only records a few dozen gun crimes a year.”

CNN is doing the CCP’s work for them.

In order to deflect concerns about China’s well-documented human rights issues, the country routinely puts out reports citing purported human rights violations in the U.S. A key feature in these documents is CCP’s contempt for Americans’ right to keep and bear arms – which China spins as a threat to human rights.

Moreover, in an effort to condition its population and others against the U.S. and individual rights, Chinese state-run media makes a point to broadcast news about violence perpetrated with firearms in America. A high-profile instance of this propaganda effort occurred in 2012 when China Central Television hosted future Biden ATF director nominee David Chipman. More than happy to attack his countrymen’s rights on a foreign government’s news network, Chipman played right into the CCP’s hands. Unsurprisingly, the gun control lobbyist failed to disclose his stint as a CCP patsy in his 2021 Senate confirmation questionnaire.

Any attempt to make cross-country comparisons on crime and violence between the U.S. and China is ludicrous.

First, it is widely understood that Chinese economic data should be viewed with healthy skepticism. More recently, Western publications have called into question the accuracy of China’s COVID-19 death statistics. There is no reason discerning observers should view other data the CCP has a political interest in manipulating, such as crime data, in any less critical a fashion.

Second, bivariate analysis of violence perpetrated with firearms across jurisdictions based on access to firearms is always troublesome. When the two jurisdictions are as different as the U.S. and China, such analysis is journalistic malpractice.

Consider the myriad cultural, demographic, legal, and ideological differences at work. To take just one relevant factor, China’s criminal justice system bears little resemblance to its U.S. counterpart.

Suspects and defendants are not guaranteed the civil rights protections Americans value. Punishments are swift and severe in China for what the U.S. treats as minor crimes or not a crime at all. There are dozens of capital offenses in China – including for many non-violent crimes. Addressing the topic, Amnesty International noted, “China remained the world’s leading executioner – but the true extent of the use of the death penalty in China is unknown as this data is classified as a state secret; the global figure of at least 483 excludes the thousands of executions believed to have been carried out in China.” In contrast, there were 17 death sentences carried out in the U.S. in 2020.

With such divergent approaches to crime and nearly every other aspect of governance, bivariate comparisons between the U.S. and China aren’t fruitful.

In a bizarre portion of the piece, the CNN writers posited that there is something odd about the countries’ differing approaches to gun ownership. The article stated, “The two countries’ opposite approaches are especially striking given both nations were born from armed insurrection — the US winning its independence in the Revolutionary War in 1783, and the Chinese Communist Party establishing the People’s Republic of China in 1949 after a lengthy rebellion against the Nationalist government.”

The U.S. is a product of the classical liberal values of the enlightenment, which place an emphasis on the individual natural rights of all. The Chinese communist regime is the product of Mao Zedong’s take on Marxism, an ideology diametrically opposed to individual flourishing and human freedom. In fact, the Second Amendment was crafted to ensure the type of government the Chinese people live under could never take hold in the U.S. That CNN would call it “striking” that such different societies would come to different positions on a matter of individual liberty speaks to the outlet’s profound historical ignorance, propaganda mission, or rhetorical laziness.

Would CNN find it “striking” to learn that China also doesn’t tolerate the civil liberties protected in the rest of the Bill of Rights? This, of course, would include the First Amendment’s protection of the freedom of speech and freedom of the press – something a news outlet that doesn’t exist to disseminate regime talking points might cherish. If allegations regarding human organ harvesting are to be believed, the CCP also doesn’t think much of the Eighth Amendment’s protection against cruel and unusual punishments. China’s ethnic and religious minorities would be grateful to enjoy the protections offered by the Bill of Rights’ oft-forgotten Third Amendment.

CNN also breezily noted, “China’s gun control policy is broadly popular among the public.”

China is a surveillance state where the means of disseminating information and private communication are tightly controlled by the government. Aside from only having access to curated information, the populace is ceaselessly bombarded with pro-regime propaganda. In 2016, Freedom House labeled China “the year’s worst abuser of internet freedom,” noting, “A criminal law amendment added seven-year prison terms for spreading rumors on social media (a charge often used against those who criticize the authorities).” According to the non-profit, this culture of fear “increased self-censorship.”

So, according to CNN, a populace that only has access to government-approved information, and lives under an unblinking surveillance state and the constant threat of government reprisal for unapproved speech, broadly supports a regime policy. What a helpful insight. Perhaps CNN will let us know the North Korean public’s opinion of Kim Jong Un.

It’s understandable why the CCP denigrates the U.S. and the Second Amendment right. The party has a geopolitical interest in disparaging the U.S. and it knows that doing so through the Second Amendment appeals to a certain leftist clique. Moreover, the CCP understands that no totalitarian regime can survive an armed populace. The real disgrace is that CNN is so willing to serve as the CCP’s useful idiots.


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gregs
gregs
20 days ago

cnn used to be the clinton news network, now you can call it the chinese national news.

3bars
3bars
21 days ago

They don’t have anyone complaining about the government or its policies either. I wonder if there is a connection?

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
21 days ago

They are a society of drone bees. And the psychopath control freaks want us to be such a society so they can dictate what ever they want to us without having to worry about us shooting them in the face. Well…WORRY you psychos.

incorrigible
incorrigible
21 days ago

“How rare gun crime is in China……” Actually, gun crime and other crime is plentiful in China, it is just that almost all of it is committed by the government!

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
21 days ago
Reply to  incorrigible

. . . committed by armed government employees.

Gdubb
Gdubb
21 days ago

The Caliphate News Network is still in business?

swmft
swmft
21 days ago

NONE of the networks is news they are all propaganda ,and most people are to stupid to understand. The IQ test was changed under obummer, because it was raciest , how intelligent someone is is racist, so a black man like colin noir with a 200 iq is white?????? Through out history the truth has been distorted for power and control. We have people here that fail to remember the very constitution they revere, was written by free masons.The left wants you to think they are bad to discredit and destroy the republic they made. The great library at Alexandria… Read more »

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
21 days ago
Reply to  swmft

Noir has a 200 IQ? Source please.
I mean he IS smart, but 200? Come on.
And yes, Noir is a white guy who has had a lot of time out in the sun. Seen his guns? No his ARM guns. LOL!

Country Boy
Country Boy
21 days ago

Looks like corrupt ,traitorous politicians and left news media propagandists are going to keep pushing We The People until the actual reason for the 2nd A having been written eventually and finally comes to fruition.

JayWPB
JayWPB
21 days ago

Did you ever buy a Chinese-made product, find the little “Inspected by …” paper slip, then find that the item has gross manufacturing defects? Yeah, they lie about everything. The Chinese value system is so different from that of the Western World that I don’t trust anything that China says. The Chinese people don’t seem to have a big problem with Chaiman Mao killing 20 to 40 million of their fellow countrymen. Why would they care about Americans? China rewarded the US for saving their assets in WWII by supporting North Korea in the Korean War and the Communist Regime… Read more »

JimmyS
JimmyS
21 days ago
Reply to  JayWPB

It’s instructive to remember that Mao didn’t kill all those people. Mao just directed his soldiers and pushed citizens to get rid of those who were ideologically opposed to communism. And since, just like in the US currently, a whole generation of youth had been indoctrinated into communist ideology, much of the killing was perpetrated by the college-aged, who literally dragged their older neighbors out into the streets and beat them to death, or rounded up their own parents so soldiers could dispatch them. The weapons used were ideological in nature. The killing was an afterthought. As Voltaire said: “Those… Read more »

Knute Knute
Knute Knute
21 days ago
Reply to  JimmyS

No dictator ever got his own hands dirty. It’s too much easier to get the ignorant to do your dirty work for you. “No man rules alone…” See “rules for rulers” here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rStL7niR7gs

nrringlee
nrringlee
21 days ago

Look at the foggy vision of an ideal society as envisioned by the Progressive New Left and then look at the reality of the People’s Republic of China or Cuba or North Korea and tell me there is a difference. The only difference is the clarity of the end result in the mind of the advocates. The Progressive New Left marches on to a foggy and undefined end characterized as ‘hope and change’ or ‘progress’ and they do so by destroying the foundation of our once free society. Anything classically liberal is destroyed and replaced by what ever fad happens… Read more »

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
22 days ago

CNN, the communist news network. Pretty much says it all.

Arm up and carry on

nrringlee
nrringlee
21 days ago

It all boils down to a quest for utopia based upon Progressive New Left ideology. Our current military is devoid of fighters at the uppermost levels. Those people were long since purged in favor of rock painters and sand rakers and yes men. Perpetual war is simply one more way to pump money in to a constantly deflating economic bubble. Cheap money, expensive weapons, cheap lives all feed the monster.

Cam
Cam
22 days ago

Everyone always called the the Clinton news network, guess they overlooked the Chinese news network.

Knute Knute
Knute Knute
21 days ago
Reply to  Cam

The Clintons are wholly owned Chinese subsidiaries… so the point is moot. One is the same as the other.

Last edited 21 days ago by Knute Knute