Guns, Guns, and More Guns

By Gregory K. Taylor

This looks like something out of the 2010 “Kick Ass” movie starring Nicholas Cage, or it could be the Bat Cave arsenal of Bruce Wayne better known as Batman. This scene is so common where the Super Hero flips a switch or presses a button and “Voila,” the heretofore wall housing books of note has now in one revolution revealed a wall housing an armory of weapons. Where in America is this litany of guns on display for the public to buy? What city has the temerity to offer such an act of gratuitous firepower? Is this the reality of the NRA’s vision of the Second Amendment–Guns, Guns, and more Guns for a country that can’t get enough of a daily-body count in its major cities?

This looks like an FBI Armory

Before everyone gets up in arms (pun intended) and marches on city hall this is not a store in an American city, but a store in a suburb of Taipei, Taiwan called San Chong. San Chong has in the past had a slight reputation for gangsterism. This should be viewed in relative terms of Taiwan and not compared at all to the endless crime wave in America

This should be viewed in relative terms of Taiwan and not compared at all to the endless crime wave in America

. Crime in Taiwan when it occurs, and it does, doesn’t have the same social impact, repetitiveness, and fear as crime in America.

So, when a store with visible curbside viewing, that the Pakistani Taliban would envy, has a display of RPGs (Rocket Propelled Grenades), Grenades, Mini-Guns, .50 Caliber Rifles, Bazookas, Semi-Automatic hand guns, Semi-Automatic and Automatic assault rifles of every vintage—people hardly bat an eye and no additional advertising is necessary. The grab here is if these weapons were real and actually not exquisite replicas they would also be illegal in Taiwan because there is nothing close to a right to bear arms Second Amendment. To own a gun here is to go straight to Jail and not pass Go. There are no exceptions for long-barreled rifles or handguns for home defense.

The Salesman referred to these as “Toys.”

Imagine the carnage in the wake of these replicas on the streets of America. Why the police shootings of kids alone, and not too intelligent adults, would sky rocket. We’ve seen over the years a sad number of accidental-intentional police shootings of juveniles carrying toy guns whose quality wasn’t even close to the craftsmanship that these replicas exhibit. It is the fakeness, if you will, of these weapons that make them dangerous. Myriad suggestions and implementation of laws to make these replicas more visibly fake have been instituted in America. Taiwan had laws for the orange markings of replicas, but the irony was not lost on the authorities that if you can’t display these replicas in any way in public then it was actually unnecessary to mark the replicas.

So, again, why would anyone buy these replicas? If one is going to have, for all intents and purposes, what appears to be a deadly weapon, wouldn’t one want it to be real?


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