Shoot­ing deaths have Chi­nese re­think­ing which coun­try is safe to live in

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA -

The death of a Chi­nese man in the US, who was shot and killed while he was get­ting his trash­can from out­side his South Nashville, Tennessee home has given the Chi­nese a greater sense of in­se­cu­rity in the US, with some sug­gest­ing that gun con­trol might be the best choice.

A re­port in The Ten­nessean news­pa­per on Fri­day said that metro po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing four shoot­ings Thurs­day night, at least two of them fa­tal. Po­lice iden­ti­fied one vic­tim as the 74-year-old Wang Ruxin, killed out­side his home on Clai­borne Street shortly be­fore 4 pm.

The pa­per said that Wang had gone out­side to bring his trash­can back in­side when he was shot. Wit­nesses re­ported see­ing sev­eral young men, pos­si­bly ju­ve­niles, flee­ing the scene af­ter shots were fired. They were de­scribed as wear­ing black hood­ies and khaki pants and run­ning to­ward the J.C. Napier pub­lic hous­ing de­vel­op­ment.

Wang and his wife moved to South Nashville about two months ago, re­ported. His son said they moved to Nashville from China af­ter re­tire­ment in search of a bet­ter life.

This in­ci­dent has Chi­nese so­cial me­dia mulling over the con­se­quences, with many say­ing that it is time to ques­tion the stereo­type of Western coun­tries be­ing the safest places in the world. Some say we should be more con­fi­dent about China be­ing the safest coun­try.

Some say that it might be a wise choice for the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment to strictly con­trol guns in the coun­try.

In July, the case of Zhang Yingying, a 26-year-old visit­ing scholar in the US who is be­lieved to have been kid­napped and is pre­sumed dead, has also sparked heated dis­cus­sion on the safety of the coun­try.

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