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China hits back with report on U.S. human rights record

English.news.cn   2013-04-21 10:01:27            

MORE VIOLENT CRIMES INVOLVING GUNS

Firearms-related crimes posed serious threat to the lives and personal security of citizens in the U.S, the report says.

Last year, several shootings left astonishing casualties, such as the school shooting in Oakland, the Century 16 theater shooting in Colorado and the school shooting in Connecticut.

Americans are the most heavily armed people in the world per capita and firearms-related violent crimes posed as one of the most serious threats to the lives and personal security of the U.S. citizens, the report said.

According to a CNN report in last July, there were an estimated 270 million guns in the hands of civilians in the U.S. and more than 100,000 people were shot by guns each year. In 2010, there were more than 30,000 deaths caused by firearms.

However, the U.S. government has done little in gun control, the report says.

MONEY WARS IN POLITICS

The U.S. citizens have never really enjoyed common and equal suffrage, the report said.

Despite an increase of over eight million citizens in the eligible population in the U.S. presidential election of 2012, voter turnout registered a drop of five million from four years before, with only 57.5 percent of eligible citizens voting, according to the report.

The U.S. election is like money wars, with trends of the country's policies deeply influenced by political donations, it says.

The 2012 election had an estimated cost totaling six billion U.S. dollars with both groups having funding support from business giants, it says.

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Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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