The scene must have been horrific. At least 33 people (the number keeps changing) “were killed in a ‘violent terrorist attack’ at a train station in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming by a group of unidentified people brandishing knives, five of whom were shot dead, state media said on Sunday. Another 162 people were injured, the official Xinhua news agency added. It said the attack had taken place late on Saturday evening.”
There are implications in this murderous tragedy for the gun control debate. Like guns, the knives that were used by the Muslim terrorists aren’t guilty of anything. The knives did not do the killing. The attacks were premeditated. That means they were planned by people intent to do harm to other people.
The following comment sums out the issue well:
“No matter who, for whatever reason, or of what race, chose somewhere so crowded as a train station, and made innocent people their target — they are evil and they should go to hell.”
My sentiments exactly.
An incident like this demonstrates that people are the problem, not weapons, whether they are firearms, knives, explosives, narcotics and other drugs, strangulation, blunt objects, fatal blows by hands, feet, fists, and head, and even drowning.
In fact, blunt objects, body weapons, and knives “result in MUCH larger crime numbers than firearms.”
“Nearly 75% of the cases involving firearms are actually gang related and another fraction of it are justifiable cases in self-defense. . . [M]any lives are actually saved by those have [firearms] and use them for protection; hundreds of thousands of women use guns in the US to protect themselves against rapists and criminals. It is historically and socially proven that the more right to arms are taken away from the regular citizenry the more crime brews thereafter and more innocent lives are lost. Not only that, total freedom means freedom to protect one’s self without complete reliance on government, which in a majority of cases does not respond in time and is itself a threat when corrupted; the founding fathers understood this common sense.”
The 2011 London riots showed that lawless people will use any means at their disposal to force their wills on others. Three men were killed by an automobile, people were openly beaten in the streets, and business establishments were looted while others were burned. Store owners had no way of protecting their property. The people doing the looting knew that they would meet little resistance.
“In reality, the English approach has not reduced violent crime. Instead it has left law-abiding citizens at the mercy of criminals who are confident that their victims have neither the means nor the legal right to resist them. Imitating this model would be a public safety disaster for the United States.”
So what does the law abiding British citizen do? He shops on Amazon.com for baseball bats! He can’t buy guns, so he gets the next best thing, a metal version of the Louisville Slugger. In a 24-hour period, sales for baseball bats on Amazon UK rose by more than 6000 percent.
Defenseless citizens were also buying police-style telescoping truncheons. (The spring-loaded ones are illegal to sell.)
The Guardian reported that Amazon had “removed several police-style telescopic truncheons from sale on its site as soaring sales of truncheons, baseball bats and other items that could be used as weapons sparked fears of vigilantism in the wake of widespread rioting.”
This move made law-abiding citizens even more defenseless. They couldn’t even order a baseball bat on line to protect themselves from roaming thugs.
None of this stopped British-born Muslim terrorists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale from running “down Fusilier Rigby in a car before hacking him to death” with a meat clever “in the street in front of horrified onlookers near Woolwich Barracks in south-east London in May last year.”
Evil people will use whatever they can find to maim and murder if that is their intent.