One Man, One Gun

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Pai Ping-ping:
"I can accept abolishing the death penalty, but I demand
the same rights as Americans. One man, one gun. When my life is
threatened, we’ll shoot it out and see who’s left standing."

Pai Ping-ping
is a well-known television personality on Taiwan. A decade ago,
she was an enthusiastic supporter of the DPP as a political party,
and of Lee Teng-hui and Chen Shui-bian as political leaders.

Then she
got wise.

In April
1997, Chen Ching-hsing, Lin Chun-sheng, and Kao Tien-min, a trio
of Taiwan independence thugs, Deep Green supporters of the DPP,
kidnapped Pai Ping-ping’s 17-year-old daughter Pai Hsiao-yen,
and held her for ransom.

Pai Ping-ping
raised the five million US dollars the kidnappers demanded and
repeatedly attempted to turn the money over to them. But the kidnappers
sadistically tortured and murdered her daughter anyway, then dumped
her body in a rural drainage ditch, on the premise that "dead
girls tell no tales."

It is said
that "A fool who persists in his folly will become wise."
Many supporters of Taiwan independence are now former supporters
of Taiwan independence. By persisting in their folly they have
become wise.

China, including
the Taiwan region of China, has never acknowledged the right of
ordinary citizens to keep and bear arms. Many societies, as divergent
as Afghanistan and Switzerland, have cultural traditions that
acknowledge this natural right of individual human beings. China,
it pains me to say, has not been among them.

Pai however,
has become very wise indeed. Not only has she forsaken Pan Green
ideology, she now explicitly champions the right to keep and bear
arms.

Pai is hardly
a "deep thinker." She is not a constitutional scholar
or a civil rights lawyer. She is a TV personality who is for the
most part "famous for being famous."

That someone
like Pai would have the uncommon sense to recognize that armed
self-defense is a fundamental human right, is immensely encouraging.
This is particularly true in the wake of the 32 shooting deaths
at Virginia Tech, when many Americans have lost sight of this
simple truth that the Founding Fathers considered self-evident.

One can only
hope that Pai’s conversion to champion of the right to keep and
bear arms is the first of many to come, not only in the Taiwan
region of China, but in China as a whole.

One can only
hope that Pai’s conversion is not merely the first of 23 million,
the Chinese population on Taiwan, but the first of 1.3 billion,
the population of China as a whole.

See: An
interview with John Lott: More Guns, Less Crime

The Presidential
Pardon / Furious Backlash!
Pai Ping-ping: This can’t be the President’s Legacy
translated by Bevin Chu
April 25, 2007

President
Chen Shui-bian intends to issue a nationwide presidential pardon.
As soon as the news got out, victims’ families reacted angrily.
Pai Ping-ping, whose daughter Pai Hsiao-yen was murdered ten years
ago, angrily denounced the proposed pardon as callous indifference
to the feelings of decent, law-abiding citizens. She also urged
President Chen to reconsider, pointing out that if Chen Ching-hsing,
her daughter’s murderer was still alive, her tax money would be
supporting him for the rest of his life.

Although
her tone was moderate, the content of Pai Ping-ping’s statement
was direct and sharp. She occasionally choked up as she attacked
President Chen’s nationwide mass pardon.

Pai Ping-ping:
"Abolishing the death penalty means life sentences. If Chen
Ching-hsing, the man who murdered Pai Hsiao-yen were still alive
today, I would have to work hard earning money paying taxes to
support him for a lifetime. What kind of society is that?"

Pai Ping-ping:
"I can accept abolishing the death penalty, but I demand
the same rights as Americans. One man one gun. When my life is
threatened, we’ll shoot it out and see who’s left standing."

On the 10th
anniversary of Pai Hsiao-yen’s kidnap/murder, Pai Ping-ping’s
mood remains as intense as back then. The sense of helplessness
felt by crime victim family members can only be imagined.

Source: TVBS

May
7, 2007

Bevin
Chu [send him mail] is
an American architect of Chinese descent registered to practice
in Texas. Currently living and working in Taiwan, Chu is the son
of a retired high-ranking diplomat with the Republic of China
(ROC) government based on Taiwan. His articles are published on
his website, The China
Desk
.

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Chu Archives

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