A tragedy has unfolded in China today as at least 28 people are left dead and 113 injured because of a group of men wielding knives at a train station in southwestern China.
Gun control advocates would have us believe that if we just banned guns there would be no more mass killings like this. But that’s the flaw of gun control: it focuses on the gun rather than the one pulling the trigger.
Yahoo newshas reported that the knife carrying attackers were not stopped until police with guns showed up. But this was after more than a hundred were already dead and dying.
Victims described knife-wielding attackers dressed in black bursting into Kunming railway station and slashing indiscriminately.
Beijing’s top security official was reported to be heading to the scene.
The incident which happened at around 9:00 pm (1:00pm GMT) “was an organised, premeditated violent terrorist attack” carried out by “unidentified knife-wielding people”, the official news agency Xinhua said, citing authorities.
Police shot dead five of the attackers at the train station in southwestern Yunnan province, Xinhua reported, and are “chasing the rest”.
A knife victim named Yang Haifei, who was wounded in the chest and back, told Xinhua that he had been buying a train ticket when the attackers approached and had tried to escape with the crowd.
“I saw a person come straight at me with a long knife and I ran away with everyone,” he said, while others “simply fell on the ground”.
Some who had escaped were desperately looking for missing loved ones.
“I can’t find my husband, and his phone went unanswered,” Yang Ziqing was quoted by Xinhua as saying.
She said she had been waiting for her train to Shanghai “when a knife-wielding man suddenly came at them”.
Officers sealed off a wide area around the station, it added, while Xinhua said police were questioning people at the site.
The attackers were dressed in similar black clothing, the official China News Service said, citing eyewitnesses.
“A group of men carrying weapons burst into the train station plaza and the ticket hall, stabbing whoever they saw,” it said.
State broadcaster CCTV called the incident a “terrorist attack” on its Weibo account.
China’s top security official Meng Jianzhu would travel to Kunming to oversee its handling, CCTV said, while President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang sent condolences to the victims and their families.
Photos posted on Sina Weibo showed blood spattered across the station floor and medical staff crouching over bodies lying on the ground, although the authenticity of the images could not be verified.
The photos showed crowds gathered outside among police officers and ambulances. The injured had been delivered to hospitals around the city, local television station K6 said.
Evil men exist in this world, and that’s why taking away guns from the law abiding citizen does nothing but make the innocent of this world more vulnerable to attacks like the one that happened in China. Pray for the victim’s families in this event and remember the cost of our freedom so that we never let an anti-gun agenda leave us so exposed to the whims of evil men.
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