On the same day as the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, a “disturbed 36-year-old Chinese man, armed with a kitchen knife, walked into an elementary school in central Henan province and allegedly began attacking students. Although police say he was able to injure 23 children and an elderly villager, none of the injuries were severe and he was subdued a short time later by police and teachers.” That’s the account from Voice of America, which goes on to say “See? Gun control works! If we banned guns in the U.S. then mass murderers couldn’t murder so efficiently. Lives would be saved!” A Google search of “china knife massacre” shows that hundreds of pro gun control commentators have take-up this misleading meme and run with it. If only they’d searched wikipedia . . .
Click here for the page “school attacks in China 2010 – 2011.” That’s where the “knives are better than guns” crowd could have learned that “an attacker named Wu Huanming (吴环明), 48, killed seven children and two adults and injured 11 other persons with a cleaver at a kindergarten in Hanzhong, Shaanxi on May 12, 2010.”
OK it was a cleaver not a knife attack and “only” seven children were killed, and the total death count was 17 shy of Adam Lanza’s carnage. Let’s add in another Chinese school spree killing from earlier in the year.
That’s three Chinese school-related killings involving an edged weapons that killed 17 people in one year, just three shy of the total victims of Adam Lanza’s murderous rampage. (Not including victims disfigured in the attacks.)
Point taken? Eliminating guns doesn’t eliminate the threat—or even the severity of the threat—of school slaughter. Lest we forget, the worst ever massacre school killer used dynamite.
And here’s another interesting fact, via The New York Times (no less): China’s ban on guns hasn’t eliminated guns. Yes, even in a country where progressives (or whatever you want to call them) have complete power, there are guns!
In recent weeks, Chinese police officials in Jiangsu Province seized more than 6,000 illegal guns from two underground workshops and warehouses; a retired prison guard in Hong Kong was jailed for 18 months for keeping an arsenal of guns, silencers, grenades and thousands of rounds of ammunition in his public-housing apartment; and 17 suspected gun smugglers went on trial in Shanghai as part of a joint investigation with U.S. law enforcement officials.
So, China experienced 17 edged weapon-related school spree killings in one year, they’ve banned guns from civilian ownership, criminals still have guns and Human Rights Watch says . . .
China continues to be an authoritarian one-party state that imposes sharp curbs on freedom of expression, association, and religion; openly rejects judicial independence and press freedom; and arbitrarily restricts and suppresses human rights defenders and organizations, often through extra-judicial measures.
The government also censors the internet; maintains highly repressive policies in ethnic minority areas such as Tibet, Xinjiang, and Inner Mongolia; systematically condones—with rare exceptions—abuses of power in the name of “social stability” ; and rejects domestic and international scrutiny of its human rights record as attempts to destabilize and impose “Western values” on the country. The security apparatus—hostile to liberalization and legal reform—seems to have steadily increased its power since the 2008 Beijing Olympics. China’s “social stability maintenance” expenses are now larger than its defense budget.
Hey, gun control guys. Connect those dots.