Global 'Knife Attack Epidemic' Proves The Problem Isn't Guns, It's People
Steep rise in violent crime in a countries where guns are prohibited
In the last eight months, London has seen knife attacks soar to an unprecedented level.
The British capital was once a fairly safe city, but the steep rise in violent crime in a country where guns are prohibited shows that guns are not the problem, it's people.
Likewise in China, firearms are also tightly restricted, so it shouldn't come as a shock that those who want to hurt people find more inventive methods.
The climactic rise of knife attacks around the world paints a strange and upsetting picture.
Knife attacks have become such a problem that Chinese police department recently released a video to educate citizens on how to protect themselves from such assaults.
Parents in the UK are even resorting to buying their children stab-proof vests as London's stabbing epidemic soars beyond controllable limits.
Some people in America are campaigning to do away with the Second Amendment, not realizing the statistics regarding knives.
According to the Organic Prepper:
- In 2014, 33 people were killed and 130 more were injured when a group of men coordinated a terror attack using knives at a train station in southwest China’s Yunnan Province.
- In 2015, fifty workers at a Chinese coal mine were killed in a coordinated knife attack. Fifty more workers were injured.
- In 2016, a facility for the disabled was attacked by a man with a knife. He killed 15 people and injured 45, then later surrendered himself to police.
- In 2017, 18 people walking down a city street were injured when a man attacked them with a knife
- 13 people were seriously injured by a knife-wielding assailant at a shopping mall in Beijing earlier this year. One woman died from her injuries.
This tells me that it isn’t really a problem with guns. It’s a problem with people.
Instead of school shootings, they have school knifings.
While in the United States, school shootings have become shockingly commonplace, what many don’t know is that in China, where gun control is strict, school knife attacks are a frequent threat.
On the very same day as the Sandy Hook shooting in the United States, a man with a knife injured 22 children and one adult at a school in Chenpeng village in the southern province of Guangxi.
Knife attacks at schools in China are common.
Last year, a man climbed over the wall of a kindergarten and attacked 11 students. None suffered life-threatening injuries.
In 2016, a man in the southern province of Hainan stabbed 10 children before killing himself, authorities said. And another man killed three students at a school in 2014 before jumping off a building.
Perhaps the worst spate of stabbings occurred in 2010 when attackers targeted schools on three consecutive days. (source)
Just last month, a man wielding a knife killed 9 children and injured 10 others outside a middle school where he says he was bullied.
This isn’t just a problem in China and London
There have been mass knife attacks all over the world.
In the UK, there has been a deadly knife attack every third day of 2018.
In 2017, Met Police recorded 37,443 recorded knife offenses and 6,694 gun offenses. The problem is so bad that a judge has suggested banning the sale of large kitchen knives and that those who already have kitchen knives should file them down to avoid stabbings.
In 2016, two soldiers were attacked by a man with a knife in Belgium, and a few days ago, a prison inmate on day leave stabbed two police officers then took their guns and shot them.
Four people were injured and one was killed when a knife-wielding assailant attacked them in Paris last week.
These are just a few examples and I haven’t dug any further than the first page of Google. I could go on and on, but I think you get the point.
What happens if you take away guns?
In each of these cases, something different was blamed.
Some of the attackers were shouting “Allahu Akbar” as they stabbed their victims.
Some of the attackers cited crippling stress.
Some of the attackers said they were bullied or mistreated.
Some of the attackers were mentally ill and had a history of psychological problems.
Some of the attackers had religious and ethnic differences from their victims.
One attacker just didn’t like disabled people.
You can’t fix people who want to harm others for their various reasons by taking away guns. You can only make it harder for the rest of us to defend ourselves against them.
Take away guns, and you get knives. Take away knives and you get improvised explosives. There is no way to take away the yen that some people have to kill others.
And if I am involved in a knife-fight, well, personally, I’d rather take a gun.