London Mayor Bans Knives. Are Forks Next?
London Mayor Bans Knives. Are Forks Next?
What is happening to London? Those brave men and women who withstood the German blitz wouldn’t recognize the city they loved and fought to protect. In their place, London now has a mayor who bows at the altar of political correctness and whose policies have hamstrung police to the point where London’s murder rate is now higher than that of New York City.
Think about that for a moment. London, capital of a nation where gun ownership is severely limited, has a murder rate higher than NYC. As improbable as that sounds, it is the truth. In fact, at the current rate, London is on course to surpass the 130 murders that happened last year. It is possible the city will see a rate higher than it has since the early 2000s.
It is no surprise that guns aren’t the problem (are you listening, anti-Second Amendment folks?). The vast majority of these murders are committed with knives. The solution? According to Sadiq Khan, London’s mayor, it is to outlaw knives. After all, according to Khan, there is no reason for anyone to carry a knife in his fair town. Oh, there’s a bit more to it, including resuming “stop and frisk” in areas of high crime, but it basically comes down to knives are bad. No one should have a knife.
No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife. Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law. https://t.co/XILUvIFLOW
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) April 8, 2018
Oh, but that’s not all he had to say. In a city where the murder rate is spiking, he apparently thinks this ban will be a cure-all.
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) April 10, 2018
My question for Khan is how are these young people supposed to protect themselves if they can’t carry a gun or knife? Those who will obey the law probably don’t carry a knife already. Those who won’t obey this new law, well, they aren’t very likely to turn in their blades just because the mayor is asking nicely.
I might even buy the mayor’s concern about the issue if he had been more proactive about this situation before now. It wasn’t until international media started looking closely at the rising crime rates – and their causes – that Khan did anything to begin to stem the tide. The problem with his plan? It doesn’t take into account those who need a knife, or box cutter or similar tool, for their jobs. We’re not talking about simply banning knives with a blade of a certain length or longer. He wants folks to turn in their knives. What’s next? Forks? Sporks? There comes a time when even the politicians who love sticking their heads in the proverbial sand have to recognize there is more to violence than the weapon.
Unfortunately, London – and England as a whole – is stuck in a warped view of weapons and one’s ability to defend oneself. Last week, a 78-year-old man, a pensioner, was held on suspicion of murder? His supposed crime? He protected himself during a violent home invasion. The man discovered two men inside his home after midnight. One of them, armed with a screwdriver, forced him into the kitchen while the other went upstairs. In a struggle that broke out, the homeowner stabbed one of the intruders. That intruder was found away from the home and later died.
Let’s see. After midnight. 78-year-old man. Two intruders, at least one of whom was armed. The dead man was 39 years younger than the homeowner. But the 78-year-old is arrested on suspicion of murder. Am I the only one who sees something wrong with a justice system that allows this sort of thing without someone actually weighing all the circumstances and determining whether or not the man acted reasonably under the circumstances?
On one hand, the UK deserves the death it's dying; agonizing and self-inflicted.
On the other hand, the more former beacons of Western values we write off, the sooner the final battle comes here. https://t.co/uCWfAkaXRy
— Jared A. Chambers (@C4CEO) April 10, 2018
I guess not. Still, it is sad to see a once great nation turn into a pale imitation of what it once was. It also serves as a lesson for the U.S. The gun ban didn’t work in England to keep the murder rate down. Now they are banning knives. What will they ban next when the gangs and other parts of the criminal element find a new weapon to use? Will they ban forks or sporks? How about bats? What will England do without cricket bats? Yes, I’m being facetious but it is that or cry. the choice of a weapon isn’t the problem that needs to be addressed. The cause of the crime does. The weapon is merely a tool, one we’ve seen proof positive can and will be replaced as needs be.
England, especially London, is no longer the land of survivors and warriors it once was. Will it ever be so again? Only if it manages to turn away from the policies that continue to ignore the causes of the rising crime rate. They — and we — have to stop worrying about the feelz and start worrying about the causation and response.