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US must break free from 'tyranny' of guns: Editorial flash

By Zhang Zhouxiang | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2023-03-13 17:14

A man holds up a sign denouncing gun violence during a memorial for victims of a mass shooting at Monterey Park City Hall, California, the United States, Jan 23, 2023. [Photo/Xinhua]

Even though gun deaths are so common in the US people are getting numb to them, the latest news of a 3-year-old girl killing her 4-year-old sister in Texas still breaks the heart of anyone with a conscience.

This tragedy comes not long after 5-year-old baby Cecilia Thomas was killed by a gun in June 2022 and arms dealer Wee 1 Tactics designed its JR-15 for children's use in Illinois. One wonders what kind of people would put firearms so close to the hands of children. The US is the world's only superpower, but the risks its children face are not dissimilar to any country facing open warfare.

When the US Founding Fathers passed the Second Amendment, they meant to grant US people a means to resist any tyrant that might emerge. But two centuries later guns themselves have become their own tyranny.

Interest groups in the US are the ones who profit from this bloodshed. For the sake of higher sales, they are willing to put 330 million Americans at risk and keep them worried about their security constantly.

Whether or not to support gun control is not a matter of politics. It is a matter of humanity and conscience.

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