Are Mass Stabbings Just As Deadly As Mass Shootings?

For all the debate that a person can kill just as many people armed with a knife or any other type of weapon as easily as that armed with a firearm, one need only look at what happened yesterday morning at Lone Star Community College in Houston, Texas.  A deranged twenty-year-old student armed only with a knife stabbed fourteen people.  As of this afternoon, not a single person has been reported as dying from injuries sustained from this horrendous attack.

On December 14, 2012, a man brandishing a knife stabbed twenty-two primary school children in the village of Chenpeng, located in central China, which resulted in no deaths.  On December 17, 2010, in Toride, Japan, located twenty-five miles northeast of Tokyo, thirteen people were injured, again by a man armed with a knife, and once again resulted in no deaths.  I am, by no means implying that people have never been killed from a stabbing.  However, guns, especially assault weapons loaded with high-capacity magazines makes it so much easier to do so, especially on a large-scale as seen time and again in America over the past two decades.  Adam Lanza, the crazed killer of twenty young children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut was able to fire one hundred and fifty-four rounds in less than five minutes armed with a Bushmaster XM15-E2S assault weapon loaded with thirty round capacity magazines.

In a rather poignant, ironic turn of events, also yesterday, in the town of Velika Ivanca, Serbia, located twenty-fives miles south of the capital city of Belgrade, a man entered five houses shooting and killing six men, six women and a small child, including his wife and son.  Had the alleged assailant at Lone Star Community College been armed with a semi-automatic assault weapon loaded with a one hundred round magazine, how many innocent people would have died in this tragedy?  Thankfully, none of the fourteen wounded are said to have life threatening injuries.

Steven H. Spring


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