If anyone thinks America
is one of the most violent
countries on Earth
, they're dead wrong. That is a favorite argument of the firearm ignorati
, aka the gun control
, because of guns
, so they say. Hogwash
is possibly one of the least violent countries that I've ever lived in. But I digress
During my days living in China, I figure I averaged witnessing one street brawl every week. They often start in the most banal of manners. Examples:
"You stepped on my foot!"
"Your bicycle bumped into mine!"
"I was in line first!"
"You glared at me, I don't like that."
Get the drift? These fights usually begin with shouting matches that last anything from 30 seconds to an hour, then the beatings begin. They are vicious, and I mean vicious. Many involve more than two people. I've been stuck in the middle of a street brawl after a bike accident, and it was not fun. Amazingly, the women join in with enthusiasm, they are often even more nasty than the men, who hesitate hitting a woman.
When the cops arrive, they sometimes join in. These brawls, if anything, lets out the steam of the daily monotony of living in China. Once, I witnessed a fight involving over 20 participants. They were punching and kicking with everything they've got. What a sight! When it finally ended, the bloodied and ragged folk left the scene, screaming obscenities at each other.
Don't worry. If you visit China and you're a foreigner, they'll leave you alone most of the time. I did once see a monetary exchange go wrong downtown between a gang of young thugs and a pack of American backpackers. The Americans, being bigger, kicked their asses. That was pretty funny. The Yanks left muttering about the attitude of the Chinese.