Americans are accustomed to snide criticism from abroad of America's gun culture (National Gun Rights Examiner and Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership contributor David Codrea dissects a recent example here). In many cases, gun rights advocates in this country should be glad of such criticism, coming as it does from places where the governments and their lapdog media can best honor us only with their vitriolic condemnation. It is praise from such creatures that would be reason for shame.
So when paragons of human rights like China and Iran join with domestic gun ban zealots in denouncing Americans and our gun culture, we should take pride in the fact that we the people have not allowed our government to disarm us to a degree that would satisfy such enemies of liberty. But even the contempt and loathing of China and Iran is not as great an honor as a hit piece in North Korea's state-run "news" agency, decrying the "malignant tumor" of "gun-related crimes" in the U.S. As covered in the Washington Post:
But it left its biggest criticism for a report released Wednesday titled “U.S. Plagued with Serious Gun-related Crimes.” ”Gun-related crimes are like a malignant tumor hard to cure as they are rampant in the society as a trend,” the report says. “Due to ceaseless gun-related crimes, people are exposed to constant threat to their safety. They are not free from uneasiness and horror.”
The article itself should probably be given a bit of benefit of the doubt--presumably it's a bit more literate in the original Korean.
With that in mind, what is North Korea's explanation of the cause of these "gun-related crimes"?
The U.S. is plagued with all social evils and awash with guns. So, gun-related crimes take place frequently regardless of time, place and age.
Actually, the writers apparently like the "awash with guns" phrase so much that it comes up a second time:
As society is awash with guns, even children brandish guns, causing a series of gun-related crimes.
Hmm . . . "awash with guns." Where have we heard that before? Oh, yeah--that other paragon of human rights who would like to see American citizens disarmed, Al Qaeda:
America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms. You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle, without a background check, and most likely without having to show an identification card.
North Korea is one of the most brutally oppressive dictatorships in human history, so it's certainly not surprising that the government is critical of the idea of allowing the people access to firearms. When you are condemned by North Korea, you know you have earned the honor of being despised by the despicable. And the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has found another ally to add to the list in advocacy of a "government monopoly on force"--everybody wins.