(Welcome Back Instapundit readers! This is actually an older post, which the Blogfather first linked back in 2016. Sadly, it remains evergreen, and the situation in the UK has gotten worse. Thank you for stopping by)
The UK has a gang violence problem. They think they have a knife crime problem. They fetishize the tools which the attackers use to kill and maim. They focus their policies on the tools and obfuscate the nature of the problem.
I recently discovered this guest-post from Chris’s tenure as Editor that comes from a British reader who describes the problem firsthand.
“over here we have a certain element of society that does not seem to have a counterpart in the US. They go by the names of “Chavs”, “Neds” etc. They come about from demented generations of parental unemployment and drug abuse (generally heroin). They most often come from “housing Estates/Schemes” (Projects) and are usually dressed in hoodies and track suits. And their attitudes towards everyone is that of a predator.
You can go out minding your own business and get stabbed for no apparent reason than they just thought it was fun. They do not think like normal human beings and have no respect for anyone apart from their own social hierarchy. They are not like American gangs, in that they operate not for drug profits but for the buzz of the act. This has led to a knife crime problem, as that is their preferred tool (with locking blades being the most popular).”
The problem is societal. Add to the mix a large population of unassimilated Muslim youth, which is growing with the
colonization refugee crisis, and the situation is only going to get worse. While they try to ban “zombie-killer knives“, it is kitchen knives that are the blades that are used in fatal attacks. Since these are present in every home and restaurant in the UK, the very idea of “knife control” is folly. Even if they enforced an outright ban on knives, they would still be left seizing pointy sticks.
This video makes my head explode. It isn’t a parody. And there is nothing funny about law-abiding Britons being denied their God-given right to bear tools for both utility and personal defense.
The video below is parody however. I need something to cheer me up. It is one of the best SNL skits from the post actually-funny SNL era.
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