On the same day in China a potential mass murderer armed with a knife walks into a school and wounds 20 children, in the US a mass murder walks into a school armed with a number of guns and kills 20 children, some politicians’ response: to call for even more guns.
Within hours of each other there were two brutal attacks against school children. In the first one the attacker, wielding a knife, left 23 wounded (22 of them children) in China, in the second one a gunman managed to kill 27 people in Connecticut (20 of them children), and that raises the question of who would do something like that? I don’t know… in fact I’ve been trying to make some sort of sense out of this for more than ten years (trying to make sense out of a spate of school-shootings was one of the things that prompted me to write Soulless in the first place), but in spite of that I am no closer to understanding any of this now than I was back then. I guess I should be grateful for that.
The one thing these two incidents that took place within hours of each others but half a world away make abundantly clear, however, is what kind of a difference guns make.