Tuesday, June 10, 2008

People Kill People

I thought this was an interesting article because I had always heard 1. that only guns are used in mass murders so we should ban guns and 2. that other countries don't have mass murders and that is because they don't have guns. Guess we'll have to ban knives now, too.

7 dead in stabbing spree in downtown Tokyo

A man plowed into shoppers with a truck Sunday and then stabbed 17 people within minutes, killing at least seven of them in a grisly attack that shocked a country known for its low crime rate.

Japan boasts a low crime rate compared to other industrialized nations and Tokyo, with a population of 12.7 million, is considered relatively safe. But stabbings, once rare in the country, have become more frequent in recent years.

In March, one person was stabbed to death and at least seven others were hurt by a man who went on a slashing spree with two knives outside a shopping mall in eastern Japan. In January, a 16-year-old boy attacked five people in a shopping area, injuring two of them.

A spate of knife attacks also have occurred in schools, the worst on June 8, 2001 when a man with a history of mental illness burst into elementary school near Osaka killing eight children. He was executed in 2004.

Sounds like instead of "shooting sprees" they have "slashing sprees." And instead of "school shootings" they have "school stabbings."

Maybe it really IS true that guns don't kill people, people kill people!

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