I read in today's Los Angeles Times about the sad knife attack incident in Akihabara. It's sickening that when someone decides they don't want to live anymore they decide to take other people out with them. It was the same thing at the Virginia Tech Massacre as well where a suicidal person went on a killing rampage and decided to take as many people out first before he killed himself. And it is almost always a he. The only female massacre that I recall was one a few years ago where a former female postal worker returned to the postal distribution center she worked at in Santa Barbara California and killed six people. I believe it is the nations worse mass shooting by a female. Ironic that I actually grew up in Santa Barbara.
At least the sicko in Japan did not have a gun or it would have been a lot worse. Of course gun advocates in the U.S. would say that if other people in the crowd had had a gun they could have stopped the madman. I personally don't think letting people carry guns around is a good thing but that just me.
An interesting but probably meaningless observation is that in the picture in the L.A. Times as well as in the Japan Times showed some foreigner's assisting the wounded. Below are the photos.