A senior British surgeon has taken umbrage with President Trump’s NRA speech pointing out the London is “Like a war zone with knives”.
In a statement released by Barts NHS Trust, he said: “We are proud of the excellent trauma care we provide and of our violence reduction programmes.
“The Royal London Hospital has cut the number of our young patients returning after further knife attacks from 45% to 1%.
“There is more we can all do to combat this violence, but to suggest guns are part of the solution is ridiculous. Gunshot wounds are at least twice as lethal as knife injuries and more difficult to repair.
“We are proud of our world-leading service and to serve the people of London.”
Dr Griffiths had earlier responded to Mr Trump on Twitter with an image suggesting the president had missed the point, adding that he was “happy to invite Mr Trump to my prestigious hospital”.
He had told the BBC last month about treating stabbing victims “on a daily basis”.
Dr Griffiths said: “Some of my military colleagues have described their practice here as being similar to being at [Helmand province’s former Camp] Bastion.”
He added: “We routinely have children under our care, 13, 14, 15 years old are daily occurrences, knife and gun wounds.”
Happy to invite Mr Trump to my (prestigious) hospital to meet with our mayor and police commissioner to discuss our successes in violence reduction in London @SadiqKhan @metpoliceuk @NHSBartsHealth #WindrushAwards pic.twitter.com/G4vYqTkfbL
— Martin P Griffiths (@martinpgriff) May 5, 2018
I don’t know about you, but I define “success” differently than Dr. Griffiths. Or Sadiq Khan for that matter. The truth is London has surpassed New York in murders this year, and authorities are on the hot seat. This is despite the draconian UK gun laws. And draconian UK knife laws. And pesky UK murder laws.
It is true that certain cities have a gang violence problem in the United States, just as certain cities in the UK. The difference is that in the US the citizenry has the Constitutionally protected right to bear arms, both guns and knives (See Kopel, David) , to defend themselves against the criminal thugs – Or a tyrannical government for that matter.