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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 per cent from the same period of last year, and criminal cases involving explosives fell by 21.6 per cent.
Last year, crimes involving guns and explosives fell 46 per cent and 39 per cent, respectively from 2010, the statement said.
Five hundred and 60 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.
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