Knife massacres have become horrifically commonplace among the mentally ill and disenfranchised in China in recent years, and now a Chinese immigrant has brought this unwanted import to New York City. Five family members were found in their home Saturday night, dead or dying of gruesome knife wounds. Despite the brutality of the crime and the grim efficiency of the weapon involved, this massacre won’t lead to calls for even tougher knife laws in NYC.
Opportunistic demagogues never let a good tragedy go to waste, but the facts in this crime just don’t play into the hoplophobic narrative of billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg or his equally anti-gun and anti-knife District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.
37 year-old Qiao Zhen Li and her four young children were hacked to death with a cleaver or butcher knife Saturday night, and a family relative has been charged with five counts of first- and second-degree murder in the killings.
Ming Don Chen, 25, is the cousin of Li’s husband. According to police, he was found in the home with the victims and implicated himself in the killings. He had reportedly been a guest in their home for about a week prior to the massacre.
He reportedly killed everyone in the house after Li told him he was no longer welcome to live with them. Chen was reportedly resentful that other recent Chinese immigrants had found success in America, while he was still an unemployed, couch-surfing piece of shit.
Under most other circumstances, the massacre of almost an entire helpless family would send Hoplophobia, Inc. scrambling for face-time on the morning talk circuit. Mothers Demanding Jack Shit, Mayors Against Illegal Somethings, and Gabby Giffords and her gun law-breaking husband would be writing checks and frantically staffing the Astroturf ‘grassroots rallies’ to immediately outlaw whatever instrumentality had been used to butcher this poor mother and her four young children. Guns, switchblades, butterfly knives, black powder, whatever.
But MAIG and MDJS and the Giffords can hardly scream for the severed head of a poor, unemployed immigrant, can they? Their Democratic constituency can’t be seen as xenophobic after all. And neither do they dare demand harsh punishment for an accused murderer who seems (I’m going way out on a limb here) bat-shit crazy. Because their bleeding-heart liberal constituency doesn’t want to look like they’re biased against the mentally ill, even when the mentally ill happen to murder whole families.
You might be tempted to ask “How could they ban butcher knives anyway?” but don’t. Beijing has already restricted the sale of knives in grocery stores (which has saved exactly nobody) and if Mayor Mikey could criminalize possession of sharps, blunt things and rope he would have done it yesterday.