A 40-year-old man who witnesses said stabbed and beheaded the man sitting next to him on a Greyhound bus in Canada has been charged with second-degree murder, police said Friday.

Vince Weiguang Li, of Edmonton, Alberta, was due to appear in court later Friday, said Sgt. Brian Edmonds.

This story has been gripping Canada for the past day, and unfortunately is luring out those Canadians who really need to get a grip.

The CBC’s comments board – admittedly not a place where the mentally well-balanced feel the need to spend a lot of time arguing with strangers – is full of incoherent knee-jerk and teary-eyed posts.

The first reports were – literally – just the gory details, with no names or backgrounds provided for the victims. These were enough to get the gun-nuts and capital-punishers up in arms – again, literally – blaming the previous “wimpy Liberal” government, and asking why the police didn’t “blow the guy away” after they’d isolated and contained him in the bus. Now it emerges that the attacker was of Chinese descent, if not origin. No doubt we’ll get howls of racist nastiness added to the din.

Our reputation for cooler heads prevailing seems to be eroding. The uglier elements of Canadian society are increasingly coming to the surface.

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