British MP Jo Cox, 41, has died from multiple stab and gunshot wounds. She had just wrapped up a meeting and was leaving a local library when she either intervened in an altercation between two men, or was the target of a specific political attack. Eyewitnesses have reported both scenarios, though the latter might be the more newsworthy of the two. Cox, was a member of the Labour Party and a strong opponent of the “Brexit”, that is the upcoming vote on whether or not the UK should leave the EU. The eyewitnesses claiming assassination allege the 52 year old perp, who has been arrested, was heard shouting “Britain First”, though this is currently unconfirmed.
“When I looked round there’s a man stood there in his 50s with a white baseball cap on and a jacket with a gun, an old fashioned looking gun in his hand,” Rothwell said. “He shot this lady once and then he shot her again, he fell to the floor, leant over shot her once more in the face area. Somebody tried to grab him, wrestling with him and then he wielded a knife, like a hunting knife, just started lunging at her with a knife half a dozen times. People were screaming and running from the area.”
Another witness, Hithem Ben Abdallah, told the BBC that the attacker, whom Abdallah also said was wearing a white baseball cap, was involved in an altercation with another man before Cox stepped in. The man in the cap produced a handmade-looking weapon from his bag and began firing, according to Abdallah. The other man mentioned is presumed to be the 77-year-old whom Collins said was injured in the attack.
Another witness told the Guardian that he heard the shooter shout, “Britain First!,” the name of the country’s far-right nationalist party, but that allegation is unsubstantiated. Given that Cox was a strong supporter of Britain remaining part of the E.U., political motivation could make sense, although the party denies a connection.
The motives will shake out as the investigation unfolds. What makes this somewhat relevant is that the attacker used multiple weapons. Depending on shot placement, surviveability of a single shot from a handgun may be as high as 80%. But the odds decrease substantially as the number of wounds increases. Add a half dozen stabs to the mix and the rate of exsanguination becomes fatal as it did in this case.
It is a good thing that guns are all but banned in England, as is the carry of almost all knives save for small, non-locking folders. Murder too. Now if there were only a way to get murderous criminals to obey the law.