In America, they kill with guns but in China, they do it with knives


Another knife attack, this time in Jiangshan, Henan. The crowd is angered by the rumour that the killer could escape justice because he is related to someone important in authority.



Drunk Driver Stabs 3 Police Officers to Death in Southern China

By The Associated Press

February 21, 2023Updated: February 21, 2023

BEIJING—Authorities in southern China said a man stopped for drunk driving and not having a license stabbed to death three police officers after apparently obtaining a knife and returning to the police station.

The statement from Shangli County in Jiangxi province said the suspect, identified only by his surname, Huang, had been detained after the incident on Friday night.

The statement gave no details on why Huang had not been put in custody earlier and how he was able to return to the police station with a knife.

One of the officers who was fatally stabbed was a part-timer.








China’s stabbing problem: Why are mass knife attacks so common?

Wednesday’s knife attack is the latest in a series of such incidents that have led to 100 deaths in the past decade. It is often found that the common culprit is a lack of mental health infrastructure and more than 100 million people in dire need of it

FP Explainers August 04, 2022 19:42:14 IST

Three people were left dead and six others wounded as a “gangster wearing a cap and mask” stormed a kindergarten and attacked people with a knife in southeast China’s Jiangxi province.

Wednesday’s knife attack is the latest in a series of such attacks that have led to 100 deaths in the past decade, according to a report by Independent.

Knife attacks in China

Mass violent crime is rare in China, which strictly prohibits citizens from owning firearms, but there has been a spate of mass stabbings in recent years.

And fatal knife attacks specifically targeting kindergarten and school students have occurred nationwide, carried out by people reportedly wishing to wreak revenge on society.

According to news agency Reuters, around 100 children and adults have been killed and hundreds more injured over the past decade in apparently uncoordinated, “lone wolf” attacks.

Why do so many knife attacks occur in China?

As per a report by Independent, the Chinese government largely attributes such attacks on people bearing grudges against society with an aim to wreak revenge, or says the perpetrators suffer from unidentified mental illnesses.

“In China, there’s little focus on mental health, so more potential offenders slip through the cracks,” according to a report by Quartz.

“An estimated 100 million Chinese have varying degrees of mental illness… but China has a fraction of the number of mental health professionals compared to developed countries.”

According to a report by The Straits Times, experts in China have pointed to “anxieties caused by social upheaval and persistent inequality in explaining the attacks”. Similarly, The New York Times says assailants are sometimes said to be “t




School attacks in China

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A series of uncoordinated mass stabbings, hammer attacks, and cleaver attacks in the People’s Republic of China began in March 2010. The spate of attacks left at least 90 dead and some 473 injured. As most cases had no known motive, analysts have blamed mental health problems caused by rapid social change for the rise in these kinds of mass murder and murder-suicide incidents.[1]

As the Chenpeng school attack was followed by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in the United States hours later[2][3] comparisons were drawn between the two. The difference in gun control laws between the two countries was used to explain the disparity in casualties of the school attacks by journalists and politicians, including U.S. Representative Jerry Nadler,[4][5] and an article in the Associated Press noted that despite the different outcomes, an underlying commonality between the attacks was the increased frequency of school attacks because “attackers often seek out the vulnerable, hoping to amplify their outrage before they themselves often commit suicide.”[6]


Prof. Joshua Miller, chair of Social Welfare Policy at Smith College, attributed the attacks to stress caused by “rapid social change, mass migrations, increasing disparities in wealth and weakening of traditions.”[61] Some sociologists believe some of these attacks may be due to the PRC government‘s failure to diagnose and treat mental illness.[20] The perpetrators may feel victimized by stress due to the rapid social changes[20] in China during the last 10 years caused by the privatization and decreased social security of China’s reform and opening period. During this time, more and more migrant workers from rural areas have moved to cities such as Shanghai to find jobs. However, because they do not have social security (because of the hukou system), many of them do not have health insurance. Because of the financial crisis of 2007–2010, some have lost their jobs, which is stigmatized in China, and have had to return to their native villages jobless and unemployed. The choice of schools for most of the attacks means they could be copycat crimes.[20][61]

Another factor is China’s male-based gender imbalance cause by the one child policy, in which there are a lot of single men frustrated at the dating market in China and their low prospects. They are then more likely to resort to violence.

Reaction and response

Since the recent spate of attacks, many parents are now worried about their children’s safety in schools and have since asked local officials and school governors to step up security at the schools. The education ministry has formed an emergency panel to tackle the violence and some local police authorities have distributed such instruments as steel pitchforks and pepper spray to security guards in schools. However, not all schools increased their security because of lack of funds to hire extra security. The state media has also been keeping news of these attacks quiet by deleting forum entries on the internet and releasing few facts on the incident for fear of copycat crimes and mass panic. In May 2010, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao commented on the school attacks and said that the “social tensions” in China must be addressed. He also said society was changing rapidly and that subsequent changes in policy were needed. Why these attacks have been specifically targeted at young school children is not entirely explicable, however.[62]

Following the Chenpeng school attack, the Chinese government began posting security guards in schools throughout the country. It was planned that all schools have a security guard by 2013.[63]


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