Two Die in Violent Knife Attack in Guam
Two Japanese women were slain and 11 others were hurt in a vehicle and knife assault on Guam that demonstrates that criminals will still commit violent crimes even in the absence of firearms.
A man crashed his car into a convenience store in a popular tourist resort in the U.S. Territory of Guam on Tuesday, then began randomly stabbing those nearby.
Twenty-one-year-old Chad Ryan De Soto now faces charges of aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder, and aggravated assault.
De Soto began his violent crime spree at SandCastle Guam, an entertainment venue, where he allegedly began stabbing people. He then drove a car onto the sidewalk near the Outrigger Guam resort. According to the Guam Pacific Daily News, a nearby witness "said he saw as many as five people hit by a car near the SandCastle.
After driving the car onto the sidewalk, he then struck out and began to stab anyone he came across.
According to the Pacific Daily News, De Soto "told police he intended to hurt as many people as possible, first with his vehicle, and then with his knife."
The two women killed in the attack were Kazuko Uehara, 81, and Rie Sugiyama, 28, both of Japan. Among the wounded in the attack were an 8-month-old boy and a 2-year-old girl.
Witness Ashley Quichocho was near the scene of the crime and watched it unfold.
"He started stabbing someone, and I started freaking out," she said according to the Japan Times. "He was just running back and forth stabbing people.
The shocking violence of the attack has stunned the island territory that is known more for its peace and quiet, sandy beaches and spectacular diving opportunities than for crime.
"As a father and a husband, I am so deeply saddened about this tragedy that has occurred," said Governor Eddie Calvo. "We all know that, living on this island, something like this is an anomaly."
The vehicle-knife attack is the latest in a recent trend of shocking spree killings in the United States. President Obama and his supporters have aggressively promoted the narrative that the availability of guns has played a significant role in causing the killings and have called for greater gun control measures as a result.
Conservative and libertarian critics of the President's call for greater gun control have pointed out that guns, as inanimate objects, can not be the cause of the killings and that other individual, pharmacological, or societal issues are the underlying causes.
As the shocking violence on Guam tragically demonstrates, critics of the President's gun control plans have a point. The murderous violence so apparent in America in recent years cannot simply be attributed to the availability of guns and in their absence, committed criminals will still find a way to inflict murder and mayhem on peaceful and unsuspecting people.