Keep in mind the Basij are the regime’s thug enforcers who violently attack opposition protesters.

( The 20 young victims of Friday’s school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut are no different than those “who fall victim to armed actions” in the Gaza Strip, Iraq or Afghanistan, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman said at the weekend.

An Iranian student paramilitary group, meanwhile, criticized U.S. gun laws.

An article on the foreign ministry website said ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast “urged the American society to trigger a movement to fight war-mongering actions and massacre of defenseless and innocent people across the world by armed people during terrorist and crazy incidents.”

“There is no difference between children and teenagers who fall victim to armed actions in Gaza or the U.S., Afghanistan or Pakistan, Iraq or Syria in human aspects,” state-funded Press TV quoted him as saying. “Everyone should attempt to establish peace, security and tranquility for all the people across the world.” […]

The Iranian student group that spoke out on the shooting was the Student Basij Organization (SBO), which falls under the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and is affiliated to the Basij volunteer militia blamed for much of the violence that followed Ahmadinejad’s disputed 2009 re-election.

“Hasn’t the time come for the U.S. government to think on its law?” the state-run IRNA news agency quoted the SBO as saying. “What is it which allows children, the youth and the young adults to carry arms?”

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