Commentary: Chinese Report Slams U.S. Crime, Guns, Police
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by Jim Kouri
In an international game of tit-for-tat, the Chinese government on Friday released a biting report regarding human rights in the United States, zeroing-in on crime statistics, gun ownership, and police action against rioters such as the Occupy Wall Street protesters.
The Chinese were responding to a recent U.S. government report on China's human rights practices by issuing their own report on human rights issues within the United States.
"When I read the report I couldn't help but notice the fact that at least in the United States we keep records of people being arrested, or who have been killed or injured, or other items listed on the Chinese 'study.' However, try to find out what's happened to hundreds and thousands of Chinese dissenters and 'enemies of the state' -- where are those records, and if they exist, how accurate are they?" asks political strategist and attorney Mike Baker.
The so-called "Human Rights Record of the United States in 2011" was released by the State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China, in response to the "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011" issued by the U.S. State Department on May 24. While the U.S. mentions China in its report, and lists human rights violations in the PRC, there are other nations listed.
However, the Chinese only targeted the United States in their report, causing many officials to believe it's more political than humanitarian.
"Believe it or not, when I first read the report I thought people like Nancy Pelosi or Eric Holder wrote it. That's how far out in left field the Chinese are when it comes to gun ownership," said former police detective and firearms instructor Theo Mannzapoulos of New York. "Controlling people don't like having those they wish to control armed and trained," said the veteran soldier and cop.
"Let's just say this to anyone who slams this nation: one of our big problems in the U.S. is foreigners sneaking into this country by the thousands... tens of thousands each month, if not more. I don't recall seeing China being inundated with illegal aliens, except a few from maybe North Korea," Baker noted.
Following are a mere handful of the figures from the Chinese report:
* In 2010, the U.S. residents aged 12 and above experienced 3.8 million violent victimizations, 1.4 million serious violent victimizations, 14.8 million property victimizations and 138,000 personal thefts. The violent victimization rate was 15 victimizations per 1,000 residents. The crime rate surged in many cities and regions in the United States.
* The U.S. people hold between 35 percent and 50 percent of the world's civilian-owned guns, with every 100 people having 90 guns.
* Over 30,000 Americans die every year from gun violence and another 200,000 Americans are estimated to be injured each year due to guns.
* Almost 1,000 people were reportedly arrested in first two weeks of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement.
* In 2010, 1.6 million children in the United States were living on the street, in homeless shelters or motels, up 33 percent from that in 2007.
* The actual number of violations that may have occurred from 2001 to 2008 could approach 40,000 possible violations of law, Executive Order, or other regulations governing intelligence investigations. The FBI issued some 200,000 requests and that almost 60 percent were for investigations of U.S. citizens and legal residents.
* The past decade saw increasing stop-and-frisks by the New York police, which recorded an annual of 600,000 cases in 2010, almost double of that in 2004.
* The number of prisoners amounted to 2.3 million in 2009 and one in every 132 American citizens is behind bars. Meanwhile, more than 140,000 are serving life sentences.
Jim Kouri, Law Enforcement Examiner
Jim Kouri, CPP, the fifth Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, has served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Contact Jim. What others are saying about Jim Kouri: Semana.com.