[Global Times reporter Guo Yuantan] On December 12, the Ministry of Public Security of China launched a concentrative and unified campaign to destroy illegal guns and explosives in 154 cities. 107,000 illegal guns, such as air guns and hunting guns, and a large number of explosives, detonators and other explosives were destroyed. This is the second time that the Ministry of Public Security of China has organized a nationwide campaign to destroy illegal firearms and explosives. In September 2018, the Ministry of Public Security of China organized, for the first time, 146 cities nationwide to carry out centralized and unified destruction of illegal firearms and explosives. At that time, more than 140,000 illegal firearms and a large number of explosives, detonators and other explosives were destroyed.
In February 2018, the Ministry of Public Security took the lead in setting up a joint inter-ministerial meeting of 24 departments to combat and rectify firearms and explosives crimes. Zhao Kezhi, State Councilor and Minister of Public Security, served as the general convenor. The joint inter-ministerial meeting deployed a two-year special action to combat and rectify firearms and explosives crimes. Sun Lijun, Vice Minister of Public Security, said in Wuhan on the 12th that China is one of the least gun-fired countries in the world and one of the safest countries in the world.
The announcement of Chinas Ministry of Public Security contrasts sharply with the frequent violence caused by gun control in the United States. Just last week, two shootings took place in Texas and Ohio in 14 hours, killing more than 30 people and injuring dozens. According to statistics, more than 36,000 people die each year from gunfire because private guns are allowed in the United States. So far this year, there have been 255 mass shootings in the United States. That means at least one mass shooting in the United States every day on average. An Associated Press poll in March showed that 67% of Americans supported tightening gun laws in the United States, and 22% believed that relevant regulations should remain the status quo. However, after the shootings in Texas and Ohio, President Trump did not support the gun control bill advocated by Congress.
Global Times reporters found 9 standard guns used by active US military and police officers in the exhibits displayed at the main site in Wuhan on December 12. It is understood that these guns were seized in a case of transnational smuggling of firearms on the Internet, which was defined by the Ministry of Public Security as the first case of transnational smuggling of firearms across the country with the largest chain. The clue to the case comes from three courier boxes suspected of possessing gun parts smuggled from the United States to China. After the case was solved, 46 guns of various types were collected, including 37 lethal guns and more than 70 core parts of American-made guns.
Lu Dong, the squadron leader of Wuhan Public Security Bureau, told the Global Times that these American-made guns include the Glock 17 and Browning models. Liu Weiqiang, deputy director of the Firearms and Police Department of the Public Security Administration of the Ministry of Public Security, said in an interview with Global Times in Wuhan on December 12 that cross-border gun smuggling cases showed an upward trend before 2018, mainly from countries and regions such as the United States. These guns smuggled across the border into our country are more firepower and more injurious. Once they are illegally held by some criminals, they will pose a serious threat to social stability. However, Liu Weiqiang said that after two years of special action to crack down on and rectify the crime of gun explosion, the rising momentum of cross-border gun smuggling cases has been controlled.
According to Sun Lijun, 16,000 cases involving guns and explosions have been uncovered in China since this year, 163 gangs have been destroyed, 117 nests have been destroyed and 17,000 people have been dealt with. From January to July, the total number of gun and explosion crimes in China fell by 20% year on year. A kind of
Source: Global Network Responsible Editor: Li Zaixing_NBJS9026