Crime and Punishment

RT Asks: Is London in the grip of a knife crime epidemic?

Yes, and an acid-attack one too. Russia Times focuses on a couple of the thousands of knife assaults that have occurred in London in the past couple of years.

From RT.com:

Last week, Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures showed that London has seen a 24 percent rise in bladed attacks. There were a total of 12,021 in 2016 – 2,327 more than the previous year.

Over a two-week period in June, 11 people died as a result of knife attacks. The two youngest victims were just 17 years old.

This is despite efforts by the London Metropolitan Police to clamp down on knife crime.

 

During a visit to a community centre in Putney in May, Met Commissioner Cressida Dick was told by one resident that even small children are carrying bladed weapons.

On the housing estate, it’s six-year-olds that are carrying knives, because they think they won’t be stopped. You need to start there, in the primary schools – you need to tell much younger people,” the anonymous resident said.

Or you could try focusing on the myriad sociological, economic, and demographic issues that are the root cause of the knife violence problem. You could try to teach those children the virtue of the Rule of Law and the value of life.

Instead you are going to double down on your failures and ban postal delivery of knives.

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