Yesterday, Dec. 25, 2012, it was reported by the San Francisco Chronicle that an enraged man in China, drove his vehicle loaded with a gas container and firecrackers into a group of middle school children, striking 23 of them, injuring 13. The 48 year old then set his vehicle on fire by lighting a bottle of diesel fuel in an apparent attempt to cause an explosion.
The San Francisco Chronicle report says that the man was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but was very upset for a very long time, because the court did not sentence to death all four assailants involved in the murder of his daughter three years ago. The children in the incident had nothing to do with his daughter’s murder.
The point here is; that this man was enraged about his daughter’s murder, and the lack of a court response to the death penalty! He was so upset that we can say he was enraged; so enraged that he took his rage out on innocent children.
Fortunately he didn’t kill anyone in his rampage of revenge against the court, and he DID NOT use a firearm to attempt to kill these children, he used a vehicle. In China, gun ownership is largely reserved for non-individual entities.
In yet another China News headline: 22 stabbed students receive treatment in central China
An excerpt of this the very short article says:
“Twenty-two school children and a villager were injured in the knife attack at the entrance of the Chenpeng Village Primary School in Wenshu Township of Guangshan County in Xinyang City of Henan Province on Friday morning. Now seven students, carrying injuries such as cut-off fingers or ears, have been transferred to bigger hospitals for treatment, local hospitals said Saturday. Police has caught the suspect, 36-year-old Min Yingjun, who they believe might be mentally ill.”
In this case, the perpetrator of this crime is believed to also be a disturbed person, more accurately according to the article, he “might be mentally ill.”
Again, the perpetrator DID NOT use a gun to commit the crime. He used a common cutting utensil, a knife of all things, to cut off their fingers and/or ears!
Both of the above incidents were crimes against children, just as in the tragic case of violence in the town of Newtown, Connecticut a few weeks ago. The only difference was that there were NO GUNS in the two incidents in China. That fact alone makes these two cases very important! The important point being; if a person is intent on committing a violent crime and does not have a gun available, he, or she will commit the crime with other items that we use everyday instead of guns, such as vehicles and knives!
So much for the need to ban guns!