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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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