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Four dead in Garden Grove mass stabbing attacks

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An “angry” man went on a killing spree armed with a sharp object, possibly a knife or machete, as he went from apartments to local businesses in what seems to be a random series of attacks. Four people are dead and two others are injured.

Police have an unidentified suspect, reportedly a 33-year-old Hispanic male, in custody.

Conflicting reports indicate a gun may have also been in the alleged assailant’s possession, though all of the attacks were reported as stabbings.

Here are the details we know so far from the local CBS affiliate:

The first of what appears to be five related attacks occurred at an apartment complex on Jentges Avenue. Police responded to a burglary in progress call just before 4:10 p.m. One person was fatally stabbed here with another person reported critical.

The critical patient was sent to a nearby hospital where he was also declared dead.

Just before 4:30 p.m., a robbery was reported at a bakery in the 13000 block of Chapman Avenue. Witnesses said the suspect had a knife and a gun. No one was hurt at this location.

At 5:40 p.m., police said the suspect entered a check cashing business — Cash and More — in the 12000 block of Chapman Avenue. No injuries were reported here.

Around 6:05 p.m., a robbery was reported at an insurance business in the 12800 block of Chapman. A female employee was stabbed. She is expected to make a full recovery.

About four minutes later, a man was stabbed at a Chevron station at Harbor and Banner. A man was stabbed here — possibly with a machete — he is expected to survive. Police said the man’s nose was almost severed. The victim also sustained several cuts to his face and was also stabbed in the back.

Just after 6:15 p.m. the suspect allegedly robbed a Subway in the 3800 block of West 1st Street. An employee was killed at this location.

The suspect’s vehicle was spotted just before 6:30 p.m. outside a 7-Eleven at 103 South Harbor Boulevard. The security guard at this location was taken to the hospital in grave condition. The guard died after being transported. Before he died, the suspect disarmed the guard and took his handgun, witnesses said.

My Take:

In these highly emotional times with mass killings seeming to be happening constantly, it would be easy for some on the right to point out the need for “knife bans” in a sarcastic jab at calls for gun bans. This is not the right approach to “owning libs” that we should be taking.

Instead, lets look at the facts. In modern American society, there is an extreme level of rage that has been building. This rage seems to be manifesting in ways we’re not accustomed to, but it’s important to acknowledge that at least some of this is based on our access to instant information and breaking news as it happens. Rage has always been in America and around the world, and it has manifested itself regularly.

I’m not suggesting that today is no different from a decade or two ago, but we tend to become hyperbolic and driven by emotion when reports are flung at us on the internet every day.

America has a spiritual problem. Some say it’s a mental health issue, but that’s an insufficient explanation. Our faith as a nation has been in a state of waning for decades, and on recent years it has become much more prevalent. Where once it was perfectly acceptable to openly proclaim our faith in God, today it has become practically taboo to do so outside of home or church. Meanwhile, declarations of anti-Biblical lifestyles have become not only acceptable but expected.

Mass killings may be on the rise, but it’s not just due to AR-15 or mental health issues. It’s anger. It’s rage. It’s mental health. It’s a spiritual problem. It’s all of these and much more. The attacks in Garden Grove are indicative of the times.

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