Surprising exactly no one with an ounce of common sense, despite efforts to remove blades from public hands through “bin campaigns” and a complicit media, knife crime in the UK has continued to rise, to the tune of 12,074 offenses in the 2016-2017 financial year, an increase of 24 percent.
These figures are as reported by the Canada Free Press:
A new report from Scotland Yard reveals that a “significant spike in knife and gun offenses” has occurred in the United Kingdom, throwing cold water on the notion that restrictive British gun and knife laws have made that nation safer.
According to Scotland Yard, there has been a 42 percent increase in so-called “gun violence” and a 24 percent rise in “knife offenses” during the 2016-2017 financial year.
Stating the obvious, Alan Gottleib, Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, tells us
“All the rhetoric we’ve heard over the years about how the British solved their crime problem by having law-abiding citizens turn in their guns, and adopting strict knife and gun control has suddenly turned out to be wishful thinking, if not simply wrong. Like gun control efforts anywhere, the Brits have disarmed the wrong people.”
He goes on to draw parallels to the 242nd anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, which happened on April 19th, 1775 when British regulars attempted to confiscate military supplies from the colonial militia at Concord, kicking off the American Revolutionary War. “British gun control then ignited a revolution. Now it is just resulting in a higher violent crime rate,” he declares.
On top of their ineffective attempts to curb knife related violence, enforcement has also been hamstrung lately as police forces in England and Wales have seen their budgets cut by over 20%. This has resulted in the Bobbies being unable to cope.
Check this out from The Guardian:
[Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary] had discovered some forces using “inappropriate” methods to deal with increasing levels of demand with fewer resources…
…Some are artificially downgrading the severity of calls, others are not able to properly carry out their core functions of crime prevention, public security and apprehending criminals. Some are setting quotas for specialist police or failing to register organised gangs in their area, because that would require further action.
Don’t go after the criminals, that will require too much paperwork!
Another stark example:
…between August 2013 and June 2016 police recorded a 61% increase in domestic abuse crimes. As a way of dealing with this demand, some forces are not sending officers to domestic abuse incidents.
So the police are ignoring their citizen’s own cries for help? Good thing you have the ability to defend yourself. Oh, wait!
As it relates to our slice of the blogoshpere, here is your nutshell. By demonizing knives and removing them from those of the public who would not have used them for harm, while simultaneously being unable to go after actual criminal misuse of said knives, you get more knife crime.
Who couldn’t see this coming?