The Las Vegas mass shooting, which killed at least 58 people and injured more than 500, has triggered heated discussions in China, with citizens and netizens weighing in on gun control in the U.S.
Las Vegas police found 23 guns at the hotel room and another 19 guns from the house of the attacker, Stephen Paddock, who died by suicide after firing into a crowd at a concert on October 1, CNN reported.
The deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history has further polarized Americans on U.S. gun control, with the National Rifle Association (NRA) saying on Saturday that it rejects major gun control in the country, with the Las Vegas Review Journal saying that the mass shooting may lead to a push for tougher local gun legislation.
In the face of divided voices in the U.S., many Chinese citizens also expressed their concerns over the firearms issue.
"Allowing the sale of firearms is similar to countering violence with violence and even cannibalism, which goes against the U.S. government's mission to provide law and order," a Sina Weibo user wrote.
Another Sina Weibo user thinks that it is not realistic to completely ban guns in the U.S.
Some Chinese netizens and media believe that it is not possible to make U.S. citizens accept a control or ban on guns.
A blogger at Chinese news site caixin.com said all kinds of reasons, including the U.S. Constitution, which gives its people the right to bear firearms, and the NRA's support, prevent a total gun ban in the U.S.
A Sina Weibo user noted that gun stock prices increased after the Las Vegas shooting.
The share prices of firearms companies rose last week, the New York Times reported, saying that it is "an apparent continuation of the morbid trend linked to mass shootings."