BEIJING -- On Friday morning, a lone angry man walked up to an elementary school and attacked the most vulnerable people he could find, children ages of 6 to 11. It was almost the same scenario as in Newtown, Conn., except this was in Henan Province, China, and the attacker was armed only with a knife, not a gun.
He injured 22 children, but nobody was killed.
Comparisons between the Dec. 14 school attacks 7,000 miles apart are inevitable and provoking much comment on both sides of the Pacific.
As news spread in China of the attack in Connecticut, in which 20 children were gunned down, Chinese commentators praised their country’s strict gun control laws.
"It's really scary. It was just 22 students injured by a knife yesterday in China. In the U.S., the children were shot to death. Looks like it's really very necessary to ban firearms," wrote a young Chinese man on Sina.
"Without gun control, the result of the Henan incident would not just be 22 injured children," wrote another.
Zhang Xin, a prominent real estate developer and one of the wealthiest women in China, deplored the lack of political will in the United States.