Stabbing in China, victims 23, deaths zero

My thanks to Nancy Demarco for alerting me to the stabbings that occurred in China.

The full article I read is here :

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/12/15/china-stabbing-school.html?cmp=rss

The paragraph I’d like to point out is this one :

“A doctor at Guangshan’s hospital of traditional Chinese medicine said that nine students had been admitted, two of which were subsequently transferred to better-equipped hospitals elsewhere in the country. At press time, none of the children have died.”

The bold emphasis is mine. I put it there to contrast the deaths in Sandy Hook.

Yes, nutters exist in every country, and yes there is not a huge amount we can do to find them and stop them before they run amok. BUT! Ensuring that these nutters do not have guns does reduce the amount of damage they can do while they are running amok.

 

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15 responses to “Stabbing in China, victims 23, deaths zero

  • sweetmother

    yes, i got into just this argument w a fellow on my fb page the other day. his pro-gun argument was, ‘yes, but bombs kill ppl, driving planes into buildings that kills ppl…’ and he is right. crazies are never going to be stopped fully. HOWEVER, we CAN as a society make it as difficult as possible to kill in any kind of massive way. that we CAN do. gun control. oh, how i wish -sometimes- that gun owning hadn’t been written into our very constitution… xo, sm

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    • acflory

      The saddest irony is that the guns written into the Constitution were muskets that had to be loaded with gunpowder and whatever passed for bullets back then. Those guns could only kill or wound one person at a time. Semi-automatics don’t even need any skill, especially when the victims are cowering in a corner, too terrified to even run away. 😦

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  • James Robinson

    I’m all for gun control, but it’s just a simple cure for the deeper-rooted problem of mental health. This is something which has to be accounted for in the US as well as in China, in equal measures.

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    • acflory

      I agree but as Candy pointed out – as devastating as these massacres are, in numerical terms they are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to gun-related deaths. And let’s not forget that many of those deaths are suicides. 😦

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  • Candy Korman

    The big stories are the ones with the big numbers, of course, but there are so many shootings one-on-one in the U.S. The easy access to handguns makes arguments that might have ended in a punch in the nose — or worse a non-lethal stabbing like the Chinese incident — turn into deadly encounters. Add a little booze or drugs and guns become… the “default” option for all to many people.

    It’s crazy, but the perpetrators are rarely crazy. Most of the time they are just ordinary people who lose their tempers when weapons are at hand.

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    • acflory

      -nods- Someone on TV tonight was saying that getting guns off the streets would reduce gun-related homicides by 45,000 a year. That seems like such an impossible figure to me. Yet if it’s true … 😦

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  • littlemissobsessivesanatomy

    it is just so sad,…no matter whats the weapon at the end people have become so insensitive towards human life….. 😦

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  • metan

    Something that also seems to be a factor in these incidents is mental health. If that part of health care was better managed (in every country) I wonder if these terrible things would be less likely to occur?

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    • acflory

      I visited Yooralla once. It was a field trip for my psych. course. Back then children with Downs Syndrome were mostly institutionalized. Needless to say I was devastated so many years later when the institutions were swept away in favour of a more humanized system of half way houses etc, I cheered.

      Since that moment of great possibilities I’ve seen the implementation of the great idea degenerate into what it is now. I don’t want to see a return to institutionalized care but what we have now is institutionalized neglect and people of all walks of life are suffering. Something real has to be done, here and everywhere else as well. 😦

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      • metan

        I don’t agree with overall institutional care as in many cases people are better off in their familiar environment.

        That said, and having friends who have suffered with mental illness, when people or families ask for help it is not always available. When people are left to deal with these kinds of problems on their own it cannot end well. Not everyone will damage other people but their own lives may well be irrevocably damaged and that is completely unfair.

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  • lorddavidprosser

    Encore !!!!
    If I hear one more argument that’s the guns aren’t to blame or it’s in the Constitution that we can have guns I’ll roar with frustration.One Pastor on Gather sees this as a result of taking God and prayers out of school yet quotes other instances of massacres which occurred in 1966 and 1984 when schools still had prayers. Guns should only be given to people who show proof they can keep them safely.(if at all) and limited to one with definitely NO automatic weapons which no-one but the Army needs.People with a propensity for violence like those suffering from schizophrenia should be denied guns and those involved in wife beating should have permits withdrawn.
    I could go on ( and I often do) but it can’t be denied, remove the guns and incidents like these can’t happen.

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    • acflory

      Sorry I’m late replying, it’s been one of those days. I just reblogged a post that, while seemingly far-fetched, would get around the gun control controversy and the constitution in one fell swoop! Simple idea but so very clever.

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