We have long joked that the isle formerly known as “Great” Britain would outlaw sticks if given the opportunity. Their laws are hoplophobic insanity. Please be clear we were doing so in jest, but apparently Her Majesty’s constabulary didn’t get the joke. This picture came across my BookFace feed last night (shared by a friend via the Operator Operating Operationally page). The local gendarmerie in the Cazenove ward of London tweeted the photo above after a “weapons sweep” at a public housing project. Ladies and Gentlemen, we have reached Peak British Hoplophobia.
British Hoplophobia has officially “jumped the shark”.
As the Brits would say, “I’m Gobsmacked!”. Maybe it is time for deforestation campaign, “for the children”. However, then the Greens would say we can’t cut down all the trees because global warming is going to “harm the children”. In the mean time the MPS will continue their futile attempt to control the symptom rather than treat the disease of violent crime.
I must confess that I did use this picture last night to mildly troll AntiKnifeUK on our Instagram feed. For a while that group’s jefe, Danny O’Brien and I had been maintaining a respectful back and forth on Twitter. However, at some point he decided that he couldn’t handle the truth, and blocked me. I assure you that I never crossed any line that would reflect poorly on TTAK. There was no heated exchange or anything, In fact, it was probably a month before I realized I was blocked.
Danny was recently honored with a British Citizen Award for his organization’s work.
from the Ilford Recorder:
“Danny created the not-for-profit organisation Anti-Knife UK in 2008 in the wake of high-profile attacks across the country involving young people.
The fatal stabbing of Holloway student Ben Kinsella was the final catalyst which made Danny want to try and do something about it.
He was determined to make an impact on the problem of knife crime by trying to persuade youngsters to put down their weapons.
Danny said: “I was humbled and very surprised to receive the nomination.
“It’s great to get the award, as it will help me to push the anti-knife crime message out further.
“I got sick of picking up the newspaper and reading about another youth being killed or hurt, and I realised it was much worse as it was happening to other people across the country, with hardly any media mention outside of their local area.
“It just reached a point where I felt enough was enough.
“For me, this award is dedicated to all those lost to knife crime across the UK, and to the loved ones left to pick up the pieces, and also to all members of Anti-knife UK, especially Kathleen Rohan and Alfie Clegg.”
During the campaign, Danny has started the Thumbs Down to Knife Crime social media campaign, encouraging celebrities and people from all walks of life to post pictures of themselves making a ‘thumbs down’ sign.”
I do honestly applaud his motivation if not his efforts. Unlike Shannon Watts, who has a multi-billionaire backing her astroturf organization, Danny is actually just a grass-roots guy who decided to take action himself. I imagine that formal recognition for 7 years of work was very rewarding. The goal of reducing injuries and death from violent crime is obviously noble and shared by us at TTAK.
The problem is that while Danny is campaigning to have youngsters put down knives, I am dedicating myself to promoting a world where every youngster is encouraged to carry a knife as part of an education into responsibility and self reliance. It is the path that my own children have embarked upon, and it is why I work so hard trying to promote knife culture and knife rights here at TTAK.
If you are in the mood for some facepalm entertainment, check out AntiKnifeUK’s twitter page and their #thumbsdowntoknifecrime campaign, where they get citizens, celebrities, and police to tweet “thumbs down” photos. It is simultaneously amusing and migraine inducing. Of course I can’t since I am blocked on twitter, and imagine I will soon be so on Instagram now that I have initiated a contact. If you do comment or respond to them, please say hello from @knifetruth, and please keep it civil.
Update: 1:15pm AntiKnifeUK has let us out of time-out and is following us again. I like a friendly debate, and thankfully the egos in the knife world are sooo much smaller than those in the world of firearms. I can’t imagine a friendly chat between Ms. Watts and TTAG’s own jefe Robert Farago.