In the bizarre, parallel universe known as the United Kingdom, they are having quite the knife-control debate. Shocking absolutely no-one, as authorities have tried to crack down on knives, criminals have switched to bottles of acid. Or cars. Or bombs. Or screwdrivers. Or…
I was trawling for news stories for last night’s Link Dump, and I was having a hard time finding stories not about the UK. The coverage of their violent crime epidemic has always made up a significant portion of what comes back under my Google alert for “knife”, but the proportion has been exploding lately. Last night, 11 of the 15 stories on the first search page were dealing with the UK, 3 were robberies in the US, and the last was a “Jack-knifed” tractor-trailer, which was actually a new result as far as I can recall.
My point is, there is so much violent-crime/knife-control news coming out of the UK that I can’t begin to keep up with it all. In fact, while I began to piece this together last night, there is already a new headline which should be worthy of a post itself from this evening. Apparently London’s Mayor Khan has announced more new draconian anti-knife policies. Again. Still.
From Daily Wire:
The “tough, immediate” measures involve an incredible police crackdown, a ban on home deliveries of knives and acid, and expanding law enforcement stop-and-search powers so that police may stop anyone they believe to be a threat, or planning a knife or acid attack.
Khan announced Friday that the city has created a “violent crime taskforce of 120 officers” tasked with rooting out knife-wielding individuals in public spaces, and is pumping nearly $50 million dollars into the Metropolitan Police department, so that they can better arm themselves against knife attacks. He’s also empowering the Met Police to introduce “targeted patrols with extra stop and search powers for areas worst-affected,” according to a statement.
Strangely enough, Khan is responsible to decreasing the number of stop-and-searches, having previously declared the tactic racist and potentially Islamophobic. It’s also not clear what local Londoners will now use to cut their food.
Other than the specifics of the funding for the MetPD, much of this isn’t particularly new. Bans on “Zombie Knives” and postal delivery of knives, as well as the stop and search policies have been in the works or in place for some time now. I’m sure it will work this time though.
The UK tried banning guns, and since that isn’t working they are going after knives and acid. Or sticks.
I had been working on this link dump of just the first page of my daily “knife” keyword alert when the Sadiq Khan stuff caught my attention. It is all a part of the same big hoplophobic mess anyway.
INDEPENDENT: Ban on home deliveries of knives in government crackdown after surge in London stabbings
Anyone buying a knife online will be banned from having it sent to a residential address, under a government crackdown following a surge in street stabbings.New legislation, to be brought forward within weeks, will also make it illegal to possess zombie knives and knuckledusters in private – or any knife on further education premises.
Rapid firing rifles will be banned and the legal definition for threatening someone with an offensive weapon changed to make prosecutions easier.
The measures – which also include a ban on acid sales to under-18s – will all be included in a new “serious violence strategy”, to be launched by the home secretary, Amber Rudd, on Monday.
DAILY MAIL: Gangs in the escalating knife war on London streets are awarding POINTS for stabbings with bigger crimes leading to higher scores
Children as young as nine are playing a sick game called ‘Scores’ where they win points for stabbing people and committing crime, according to a former gang member.
The competition between rival gangs bidding to outdo each other by boasting of their gruesome handiwork on social media is believed to be a major factor fuelling the recent explosion in urban violence, particularly in London.
‘The bigger the crime the higher the points, the more and more you do something the more and more rep [reputation] you get, the more you get ranked up,’ said Chris Preddie, a former gang member who has been awarded the OBE for his work with young offenders.
MIRROR: Frontline cops battling knife crime epidemic given as little as four hours training a year
Mr Kempton said: “The only people who win when officers aren’t trained and work in fear like this are the people carrying knives.
“Four hours is the worst, the average is 6.5, the maximum is 12. That’s over a year. That’s not per week. If you think about someone going to a judo class, if you do four hours of judo a year at the end of it you’re still going to be pretty bad at judo.
“I could say to you, ‘There’s a bloke over there. We think he might have a knife in his pocket. Deal with it.’ You might think, ‘Hang about, I’m not qualified for that.’ The sad fact is you’re almost as qualified as most officers.”
TELEGRAPH: Knife crime criminals in England spend half as much time behind bars than those in Scotland
Criminals convicted of carrying a knife spend half as much time behind bars in England and Wales than those convicted of the same offence in Scotland, where violence involving knives has fallen, analysis has revealed.
Research by The Sunday Telegraph also found almost half of repeat offenders in England are not given an immediate custodial sentence, despite a pledge to crack down on those found with a knife more than once.
MIRROR: Blade Britain: Knife crime DOUBLES amid claims kids are attacking rivals after ‘dissing each other on YouTube’
Knife crime has almost doubled in parts of England and Wales over the past five years.
In 2017 there were 20,966 cautions or convictions involving blades – nearly 5,000 more than 2013.
But some areas experienced huge increases of up to 81 per cent.
It comes after London’s murder rate overtook New York’s. The Met said 56 people had been violently killed since January 1, including five shootings and 31 stabbings.
Victor Olisa, a former senior officer in Tottenham – one of the city’s worst-hit areas – claimed police had now “lost control” of the capital.
TELEGRAPH: Police ‘too scared’ to stop and search as data shows dramatic drop in stops
Give police the confidence to use stop and search to cut knife crime, a close ally of Boris Johnson and former deputy mayor for policing has said.
Stephen Greenhalgh said senior politicians must give police “political cover” to use intelligence-led stop and search to curb the number of knives on Britain’s streets, amid claims officers are too scared to use the powers.
WIRED: Is social media really to blame for London’s knife crime?
The truth, according to psychologists and social scientists studying social media, is complex. “These sweeping statements are made by adults who see a distinction between the online and the offline world,” explains Beth Murray, director of communications and engagement at youth charity Catch 22, which published Social Media as a Catalyst and Trigger for Youth Violence in January 2017, earning praise in the House of Lords. For Murray, social media may not cause violence – but it can amplify its effects.
“Young people see no distinction between on and offline,” she explains. “I don’t believe social media is changing people’s behaviour – it’s about people recording the reality of their lives. That includes violence which used to be seen only by people in the street but is now being shared online. That’s providing the impetus behind exaggerated behaviour and retaliation. Shame is a key cause of violence – if you’re beaten up in front of five people, that’s embarrassing. If that’s shared with 5,000 people your reaction needs to be bigger and seen by more people to save your rep as a big man.”
Shut up and eat your Tide Pods.
INDEPENDENT: London stabbings bring thousands of cyclists onto streets for protest
The large group of youngsters rode on a mixture of BMXs and mountain bikes from London Bridge to Oxford Street as part of the #BikesUpKnivesDown campaign against violence in the UK.
The “BikeStormz” event saw as many as 4,000 cyclists take part as they rode through central London.
Saturday’s event was organised by 19-year-old “Jake100” and “MAC”, who both promote the bike culture through bringing everyone together.
“MAC”, told The Independent: “This is the biggest ride out for the youth against knife crime. We want people to put the guns down, put the knives down and for everyone to love their life, live their life and be peaceful and respectful. Never leave your house with a bad intention.”
This is just a sample of what I sort through everyday. The thing that strikes me is how willing the Britsh acquiesce to their “betters”. With the exception of the nationwide backlash over the potential prosecution of a 78 year old pensioner who killed an armed home invader, it is all “Rah-Rah Disarmament!”
Can’t they see it isn’t working?
At least Richard Osborn-Brooks was exonerated. The “broken-clock” was right.