Perhaps crazy people shouldn’t be allowed to have knives?

Surely it’s been noticed that mass knife stabbings are happening more frequently in Japan.

I’m not making light of it; it’s a horrible thing. Gun laws in Japan are some of the strictest, so I guess this kind of shows that if you want to go on a killing frenzy, you don’t necessarily need a gun.

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.

From Yahoo News today.

I remember not that many years ago, as I debated gun control issues with a libertarian I knew. We probably had more similar views than we realized, but chose to take opposite sides for unknown reasons.

My biggest argument – against guns, although I’ve never been anti-gun actually – was that if there were no guns, you wouldn’t have a Columbine-type thing again. He argued that sure you could…the guys could have used knives. Perhaps fewer would have died, but maybe not. Then he argued that more people died at the hands of autos than guns.

And I replied when was the last time a student drove a car down the hall of a school, mass murdering students? It was so ridiculous. And at the time, the idea of mass murder with a knife was ridiculous, too.

Now I’m having to rethink that.