“The police chiefs say officers are seizing not just kitchen knives found in homes, but hunting knives ordered from the internet where there are no checks on who is buying them, such as the zombie knife which Haydon said were “one foot long, with multiple sharp edges, designed to maximise damage if not death.
“There’s been a growth in knives bought off the internet, from the dark web, over the last few years.” (Guardian.com)
“Metropolitan Police say knife crime up 18% in London” is the latest news from our hoplophobic friends across the pond. But they are distracting themselves from the problem buy focusing on the tools. I will give them credit though, it is much more intimidating than the pointy stick that they confiscated in a previous sweep.
If by “dark web” they mean common sites like Amazon, then yeah, the “dark web”. But it sounds scary, and will inflame the public as will images like the Renegade Zombie Killer Machete . Maybe there areUK restrictions on that particular item, but I found the Cold Steel Brooklyn Crusher bat on the UK site, as well as several non-zombie killing machetes in the garden tool section.
“(Commander Duncan) Ball said: “This is not an issue we will ever arrest or enforce our way out of,” adding that police, schools, parents and communities would need to tackle the underlying causes of what Ball described as young people seeing life as cheap on Britain’s street.
Police estimate there are fewer than 300 who carry a knife on a regular basis in London and Haydon said police would be helped by a new law introduced this summer which jails those caught carrying a knife twice.
Ball said knife crime figures fell over the past few weeks following concerted police campaign that resulted in 2,700 arrests which recovered 500 knives and 63 firearms.
Police have sent letters to those suspected of carrying knives warning them of the new “two strikes” law introduced in the summer. Those caught with a knife twice and convicted will be sent to jail, even if they have not used it to commit another crime.”
This new policy might actually succeed in locking away some of the worst gang offenders. I just shudder to think of how many innocent people are going to get swept up in this initiative. Worse yet, the genuinely fearful citizens who might by trying to arm themselves by any means possible against the very real threat that they face. A threat that the authorities think will be solved by Knife Turn-in Bins and other useless gestures.