Image What Would Have Happened Had He Used A Gun!
As citizens and governments within societies lacking clear parameters for the preservation of individual liberty and safety struggle to adapt to the influx of the free market on a global scale, the following tale is both a warning to those in the US who are on the other side of the constitutional rights and freedom debate, and a friendly reminder to the numerous detractors who share an anti-american sentiment in the wake of an election held by “the greatest country on the planet.”
NPR shares a chilling narrative out of the wild west that is contemporary China. A man attempting to defend his family and business from an aggressive group of debt collectors violating his rights and the law ends up serving a life sentence in prison. This is not surprising, as under the guise of free trade and exponential economic expansion in the early part of the century, the nation is still ruled by the Communist party, the central state and the PLA.
Allegedly, 22-year-old Yu Huan, attempted to fend off a violent attack by the loan sharks brandishing only a knife. The group of men were attempting to collect a substantial debt from Huan’s family using unsavory methods of harassment which escalated into intrusion and violence. Huan apparently stabbed one of the assailants, who later died from injuries. The Chinese court ultimately found Huan guilty of inflicting intentional injury, even though the victim was an aggressor in the attack (he narrowly avoided the death penalty because of his willingness to cooperate with authorities). Chinese law does included latitude for self-defense and why it was not applied in Huan’s case is a complete breach of justice weighing the circumstances and violent intentions of the debt collectors.
In the aftermath of Huan’s legal fate, the ongoing delf-defense of self-defense in China has reached epic levels on social media. Last September, Chinese national Chen Fengzhu, became an icon for global armed self-defense as she heroically thwarted a robbery attempt by three men on an American small business trip.
Read the full NPR article here.