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Stabbings in Chinese Kindergarten Copycat Crime

This MSNBC story illuminates the sheer terror that any one would have felt hearing the screams of children from a place of education.

School is supposed to be a place where children can be safe – learn, play, eat, make friends…

At this Beijing elementary school however, a man entered, stabbing 28 children, two teachers and a security guard using an eight-inch blade.

It raises two issues in within global social norms.

Firstly, it’s been a central rallying point for those trying to show that guns are not the source of violence, and that instead people are.

Secondly, it’s another call for better care for mentally unstable individuals, as was the criminal that stabbed children at the school. Although the Westernized world has developed an arguably strong system for the mentally handicapped, some countries, including China, have been slower to catch on.

It’s not uncommon for those that are mentally unstable and left to take care of themselves to commit crimes like these. It’s not something they can often control and it’s the primary reason that better institutions need to be established for their care.

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International/National News

PARIS – Ash filled European skies due to a volcano in Iceland, putting a complete stop to flights in and out of the area in what some are calling the worst peacetime air travel disruption. The ash problems cost airlines hundreds of millions of dollars. The European transport ministry is currently working on a plan to begin easing the air travel ban put in place a few days ago. (Lauren)

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/20/world/europe/20ash.html?ref=world

WASHINGTON D.C. – Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain of Arizona called for the deployment of 3,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexican border Monday. Illegal aliens crossing the border into Arizona have caused a higher level of crime. The Senators have also called for federal funding for 3,000 U.S. Customs and Border agents to be deployed along the border by 2015 as well as a double-row border fence (Lauren)

http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/04/19/border.security/index.html

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