Tienanmen Square Activist: Why the 2nd Amendment is Important

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An unnamed Chinese dissident claiming to have been present at the Tienanmen Square uprising in 1989 has become an American citizen and is proclaiming his support for the Second Amendment. The man provides a firsthand account that tyrannical governments are not a figment of people’s imagination and people should never give up their right to bear arms.

The Tienanmen Square protests were ignited by the death of dissident Hu Yaobang, but reflected widespread dissatisfaction with party corruption and popular demands for the freedoms of speech and the press. This was no “Chinese tea party,” it should be said: most participants were socialist reformers. Hundreds were killed and thousands injured during the protest, although definitive figures are lacking to the Chinese government’s lack of transparency.

The historical lesson of peoples from around the world is definitive. If people want to preserve their freedoms, they should never give up the force to preserve them. The United States was founded with a Constitutional system of checks and balances; and the people are the final check to balance against any authoritarian government.

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