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29 April 2010 @ 07:54 am
Why?  
 A man in China went into an elementary school class full of kindergarteners, and stabbed 28 of them.  This is just the latest in a series of school attacks that have China hurting, angry, and confused.  

Let me just say, I am horrified this happened to a class of kindergarteners.  It's tragic whenever a school is targeted, but God.  What kind of person does that?  Mentally ill, sure, but...children, and so very young.  Why??

This all sounds pretty familiar, except for the choice of weapon.  I have long held that a knife can do just as much - if not more damage - as a gun.  Knives are quieter weapons, and statistically, I'd rather get shot.  You're actually more likely to survive a gun shot wound than you are a knife wound.  I know, it doesn't seem possible, but it's true.  60% of gunshot victims survive due to the nature of the wounds, while knife victims don't have nearly the same chance.   Knife wounds bleed out, and if the knife wielder knows at all what he's doing, they do it fast.  Gunshot wounds bleed, but have a tendency to self seal, which means less bleeding and more time for help to get there.

There are several videos floating around that show knives vs. guns.  I attended a knife and gun seminar once taught by a guy from the British SAS, and let me tell you, not once did the "attacker" with the gun (or attackers in some cases) beat him when he had a knife in his hand.  

In any case, it is sad that even without access to guns, school attacks are still going on with other weapons.  I am not shocked (at least by that aspect), but I wish I could say I was.
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(Anonymous) on May 4th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
From Paula:
This isn't going to come out right no matter how I say it but here goes.

In China, you are only allowed 1 child. It is incredible to watch how the child is treated like a treasure by the entire family. The grandparents on both sides of the family in addition to the parents. I found it amazing to see the parents and grandparents having little clothing while the grandchild is showered with the latest clothes and toys.

If this person wanted to hurt people, this was a certain way to hurt as deep as possible, not only the family but the community for any country. Now the part that won't come out right....was this person attempting to make some absurd statement about the family restrictions in China?
rhienellethrhienelleth on May 4th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
Re: From Paula:
I don't think so, but who knows? It's impossible to understand the motivations of people who do these sorts of things in our own culture, much less someone else's.

But the article said this was the latest in a string of incidents, and that the man had snapped in response to economic and social pressures (I think).

And didn't China lift the one child per family restriction recently? Seems I read something about that somewhere...