At Least 27 Dead In China Knife Massacre. Yes, Another China Knife Massacre.

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Chinese authorities report that at least 27 people are dead after a railway station knife rampage in the southwest city of Kunming. This isn’t the first, or even the worst, of China’s knife rampages. As horrifying as it is, this happens regularly in China.

From CNN:

At least 27 people were killed and 109 wounded when a group of people armed with knives stormed a railway station in the southwest Chinese city of Kunming, authorities said, according to state news agency Xinhua. It was an organized, premeditated terrorist attack, authorities told the news agency. No motive has been provided.

Yang Haifei, a resident of Yunnan, told Xinhua he was buying a ticket when a group of people, most of them in black, rushed into the station and started attacking others.

“I saw a person come straight at me with a long knife and I ran away with everyone,” he said, adding that people who were slower were severely injured. “They just fell on the ground.” He said he sustained injuries to his chest and back.

The news agency reported that several suspects had been apprehended, and questioning at the site continues.

Doctors were seen transporting injured people to a hospital, the news agency reported. A doctor with the Kunming No.1 People’s Hospital told Xinhua over the phone they’re not sure of the number of casualties.

Xinhu said the Kunming Railway Station is one of the largest stations in southwest China.

We’ve kept tabs on other knife rampages in China over the past year, but I’ve pretty much lost count of the number of dead and maimed by this point. This grim trend started in March of 2010 and has left hundreds dead, many of them children. Many of the attacks have been committed by angry single men, often mentally disturbed, after being fired or rejected by a romantic interest.

On the same day as the Sandy Hook shootings here, 22 children were injured in a mass stabbing at a school in central China, and China’s second-wealthiest man was attacked by a disgruntled job-seeker in September of 2013.

On the same day as the Sandy Hook shootings here, 22 children were injured in a mass stabbing at a school in central China, and China’s second-wealthiest man was attacked by a disgruntled job-seeker in September of 2013.

These angry single men have become China’s version of our ‘Disgruntled Postal Worker,’ but their atrocities have been eclipsed recently by even more savage attacks. Ethnically-fueled axe and machete rampages have plagued China’s northwestern provinces, killing hundreds. Group attacks like these (and including today’s outrage) are acts of terrorism, instead of the individual spasms of deranged loners.

The authoritarian Chinese government has deprived its citizens of any effective means of self-defense for hundreds of years, starting with the Q’ing Dynasty. This may (or may not) help the always-paranoid Chinese government stay in power, but they leave the citizenry defenseless at the mercy of the vicious and deranged.

As we’ve noted time and again, this is what gun control leads to. As gun control clamps down, knife crime goes up. These attacks will keep happening in China, and China will keep ineffectively ‘cracking down’ on everything else in sight. Including banning the sale of kitchen knives in grocery stores.

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  1. Sam L. says:

    I’d carry a sturdy cane.
    As I recall, girl babies get aborted or killed, and the one-child-to-a-couple law has resulted in a goodly number of young men with no chance of getting married. I don’t know if (or how well) prostitution is suppressed, but it could be part of the problem.

  2. Mike L says:

    As a historical note, the governmental ban of contemporary weapons in several Asian countries (e.g. China, Korea and Japan) resulted in the populace resorting to “other means” for defense. The origins of open hand martial arts, the incorporation of common farm implements and household items, into the systems and the blending of religion and the concept of structured fighting occurred as a result of these bans. In Italy much later, the oppressive governments across the country resulted in a different response. The Mafia (under various names from the North of the country to Sicily) was born. Secret organizations were the way to battle and defend clans and territory.

    People are not stupid. They understand when harm can come to themselves and their loved ones. To their community. There is always a response. In several reports I’ve read, although weapon possession in China might get you executed, it is growing and more so vocal protest of the common citizens to be armed.

  3. Mike L says:

    Geeze just saw this story from up in Edmonton Canada. Wonder if this is a copycat attack?

    Man arrested after stabbing ‘rampage’ that left two dead in Edmonton will be charged with first-degree murder –

    http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/news/blog.html?b=news.nationalpost.com/2014/03/01/man-arrested-after-stabbing-rampage-that-left-two-dead-in-edmonton-will-be-charged-with-first-degree-murder&pubdate=2014-03-01

  4. 2hotel9 says:

    It is already illegal to carry knives in China, so what they gonna do now?

    1. Roger says:

      Ban the sale of knives without a valid license to possess them. Possibly ban the manufacture of domestic knives over certain specifications. Entirely possible they’ll drive the cheap knife price up doing either.

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