Guns and Knives, Merely Tools

Before you jump to gun-control conclusions about the tragedies that occurred this last week, one in Oregon, the other in Connecticut, understand that guns are merely a tool. Much like a knife, like the one in the hands of Min Yingjun. Who attacked 22 children in Chenpeng Village’s Wanquan Elementary School today:

Chenpeng Village’s Wanquan Elementary School, Min YingjunA man with a knife slashed 22 children and one adult outside an elementary school in Henan province Friday morning, China’s worst such incident in more than a year.

The attack was reminiscent of a spate of knife attacks on schoolchildren that took place across China in 2010. In most cases, the attackers were unemployed middle-aged men, leading to speculation that the assaults stemmed from economic and social discontent.

Friday’s attack occurred at about 7:40 a.m. as children were arriving outside the gate of Chenpeng Village’s Wanquan Elementary School. The suspect, Min Yingjun, 36, allegedly slashed an elderly woman as well as the children. Local propaganda officials said later that Min had a psychological illness.

Ah yes, the commonality between all three is mental illness. Any tool in the hands of the deranged is dangerous. A car, a shovel, a knife, a hammer, a gun, a candlestick.