Chinese Gun Battle [Not Shown] Kills 21 People

Chinese police at work (courtesy

In December 2012, five months after James Holmes opened fire on theater-goers in Aurora Colorado, a knife-wielding Chinese madman attacked a primary school. Twenty-two children were wounded. Wounded, not killed. Gun control advocates seized on the story as proof that a gun-free society is safer than one like, say, the United States, whose citizens have a Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Ignoring the human rights abuses inflicted on China’s citizenry by its own government. Truth be told, there is no such thing as a gun-free society. The Chinese government has guns. And they’re not afraid to use them . . .

Chinese officials say 21 people were killed after a fight broke out during a police investigation of suspected criminals in the latest act of violence in the restive northwest province of Xinjiang.

The clashes began Tuesday, when social workers came across what state media referred to as “suspicious individuals and knives” in a house in western Kashgar prefecture.

“Restive.” I wonder if that’s how the Brits described American colonists back in the day. Voice of America says the social workers met an untimely end.

“While [the social workers] were in the process of reporting this to their superiors they were apprehended by bandits who were hiding in the home. Afterwards policemen and community cadres at the local police station went to handle the matter, and the bandits killed the police and community workers who were inside the home,” said the official.

The Xinjiang official, who did not wish to be named, said the suspects set fire to the house during the clashes. Fifteen social workers and police were killed, while six “gang members” were shot dead. Another eight were captured.

Even if you take this report at face value—a pretty silly thing to do—it’s clear that a gun-free society is not a violence-free society. How could it be?