Crime and Punishment

China: Yet Another Knife Rampage

Henan

What is it with mass stabbings in China these days? News reports are emerging about yet another mass knifing-spree in the Middle Kingdom, the newest incident occurring on a bus in central Henan province. An infant, a 10-year old boy and an 18 year-old were killed and another twelve were injured, five critically.

From the BBC:

Police in China have arrested a man suspected of launching a brutal knife attack on a bus that left at least three dead, state media say.A 10-month old baby, a 10-year-old boy and an 18-year-old were killed. The motive behind the attack is unclear.

At least 12 people were injured after the attack on Monday in central Henan province, Xinhua news agency says.

It is the latest in a spate of apparently random violent attacks across China in recent months.

The man, 24, from Anyang city, tried to grab the steering wheel from the driver while the bus was on a busy road, reports say.

When he failed to do so, he started stabbing passengers. Five of those injured are reportedly in critical condition.

This comes just weeks after five were stabbed to death in Henan province, and less than a month after Beijing authorities banned the sale of knives in supermarkets after two knife attacks in one week. And the stabbing of six children and a woman in Maoming earlier this summer, and the stabbings of 22 schoolchildren by a madman last December.

Is this rash of random mass stabbings a sign of a society in collapse, another demonstration of the ineffectiveness of civilian disarmament, or more proof of the helplessness of a disarmed society?

Discussion

3 responses to ‘China: Yet Another Knife Rampage

  1. I think it leans toward the helplessness aspect. These people have nonviolence and “follow the party line” inculcated in them so deeply that it’s part of their very souls. I’d be very interested to hear what the other passengers did while all this was going on, not that I’ll ever expect the full story out of China. It takes a pretty good chunk of time to kill three people and injure a dozen more. Why did it go on so long?

  2. As someone who must travel to China for work, I can assure you it is happening more frequently than is reported and only incidents that the Chinese Government cannot keep quite make it to the media. Many schools have armed guards but attacks still occur. I assure you it more than a rash of these and it is more of an epidemic whose news is purposely suppressed.

    I book mark these articles to show what happens if they ban guns – basically the bad actors move onto different tools. Evil is not restricted to anything human or animal.

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