So what happens when, in the interest of public safety, you effectively ban guns?
CBS/AFP April 3, 2018, 10:36 AM
London’s murder rate surpasses New York’s for 1st time ever
LONDON — A surge of stabbings in London was blamed Monday for the city overtaking New York’s monthly murder tally for the first time in modern history. Fifteen people were murdered in London during February, compared to 14 in New York, according to police figures.
The British capital also suffered 22 fatal stabbings and shootings in March, higher than the 21 in New York. There have been 10 fatal stabbings in London in the last 19 days, following on from the 80 fatal stabbings recorded in the city last year.
London’s murder rate has grown by nearly 40 percent in three years, while police figures show that New York’s has fallen by 87 percent since 1990, raising pressure on London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.
“There is no single cause, but there has been a big spike in both gun crime and knife crime across London,” Parliamentarian David Lammy, who represents Tottenham, told the BBC. “Certainly my constituency finds itself at the epicenter of that. There are real issues about a lack of resources.”
The right-wing Daily Express tabloid on Monday ran with a headline urging “Sadiq act now!”
Sean Yates, Scotland Yard’s head of knife crime, said part of the rise could be blamed on courts not enforcing the “two strikes” law aimed at jailing those caught with a knife twice.
Police Commissioner Dick meanwhile blamed social media for the soaring rate, with 31 fatal stabbings so far this year.
Clearly forgetting the truth that “An armed society is a polite society” and clearly also missing the point that while the gun makes all people equal in defense: size and strength along with speed and aggression rule when guns are gone.
Now the “Go To Fix” for a few hundred (thousand?) years has been to Ban The Bad Thing!!! This has never worked, though. But it still is in the go-to-closet. When weapons were banned in China it lead to the rise of martial arts that are more lethal. Banning bows and knives led to the nunchuck (rice flail) and side handle baton (well handle). So, of course, California now bans the nunchuck unless you can demonstrate you are enrolled in a martial arts class. Clearly unclear on the concept. There are also martial arts using flexible weapons including one that uses a nice silk sash, originally developed for women.
What is ALWAYS missed is that it isn’t the THING that makes it a WEAPON, it is the person who decides what is a weapon. Goliath was brought down by a bit of string with a leather patch, and a stone. I’m practiced in the art of Tire-Iron, as are many truckers. Then there’s that wonderful martial art of bars everywhere “Beer Bottle Bash Bottom” (yielding a wonderfully sharp object with round handle).
So, can we soon expect banning coke bottles in public? Sashes forbidden? Wire bans? (French garrote). A ban on wooden pokey things? Cane Control and Crutch Confiscation? (I have an absolutely lethal “Bird Headed Cane”, BTW).
Well, we’re already teed up for “Knife Control”:
London’s Mayor Declares Intense New ‘Knife Control’ Policies To Stop Epidemic Of Stabbings
The police will now stop and frisk people believed to be carrying knives.
by EMILY ZANOTTI April 8, 2018
An epidemic of stabbings and acid attacks in London has gotten so bad that London mayor Sadiq Khan is announcing broad new “knife control” policies designed to keep these weapons of war out of the hands of Londoners looking to cause others harm.
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.
Yes, it’s that scourge of Western Civilization, the Kitchen Knife that’s causing all the stabbings. Or perhaps it’s that best of Boy Scouts Friend, the humble folding pocket knife.
Oddly, from about age 5 when I got my first 1 inch or so long midget pocket knife until, well, mostly about now; I’ve almost always had a knife on me, or where I could reach one quickly. Yet not once have I stabbed anyone.
True, most of the time it’s been about a 3 inch blade small pocket knife. But on one occasion in a Steak House near Lodi they were slow about bringing the steak knives and I just took out my 5 inch folding lock-open knife and set to work on the steak. (A friend, and newly minted city folks lawyer on the other side of the table, did a wide eyed look and I ‘splained to him this was The Country and it was OK…)
Most lately it’s been a Swiss Army Knife in my car emergency pack (though sometimes I’ve had an 8 inch blade “hunting knife” in sheath in the bag too – depends on the city and laws). I’ve also carried a nice Machete in the car, my “Gator Persuader”, when fishing in the boonies of Florida or sometimes in Texas. Oddly, in California it is “Garden Instrument” by case law, so I can carry it all the time here. Just make sure to put some grass stains on it first, and having some pruning shears with it adds ambiance.
But through all of that, not one stabbing… I guess my knives are timid and not at all like the violence prone British Knives.
Did I mention a Japanese Short Sword lives next to my bed for “bump in the night” things? Strangely, it’s not been pulled in anger ever, nor even unsheathed in the last decade.
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 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.
The mayor took to Twitter to announce his new policies.
Mayor of London
No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife. Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law
No “excuses”? Guess the Mayor never had a tough steak and a butter knife. Never had to peel the insulation back on a wire to get the car running again. Never had an apple in his lunch box and a desire not to eat peelings. Never had a fingernail start to break into the quick and need to trim it before it bleeds ( I do that about 1 per year). Never had to open a bag of chips that just REFUSED to tear at the “perforations”. Never had to cut a shoelace to get a shoe off a hurt foot. And never goes fishing. ( I have a wonderfully sharp 6 inch filet knife in my fish kit that is just not something where you want to touch the blade… Often used after a short trip to the pier in Santa Cruz).
Sigh. I can’t begin to list all the times I’ve used one of my knives. Even inside major cities.
Then there is N.C.I.S. Gibb’s rule “ALWAYS carry a knife”…
Strangely enough, Khan is responsible for 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.
Oh, Good One!
Parliament is also set to take up heavy “knife control” legislation when it resumes this week. The U.K. government is expected to introduce a ban on online knife sales and home knife deliveries, declare it “illegal to possess zombie knives and knuckledusters in private” — “zombie knives” are those defined as being manufactured for the purpose of being used as a person-to-person weapon — and ban sales of caustic materials to anyone under the age of 18, the Independent reports.
“Zombie Knives” looks to be the moral equal of the “Assault Weapon” that isn’t really an assault (full auto capable) weapon at all, just an ugly gun.
One wonders how it will be determined that a butcher knife is NOT for the purpose of killing while a similarly sized and shaped knife is a Zombie? “Your honor, my client’s knife never had the intention to kill. It was only pressed into that role by a savage attack by a Zombie Crazed Attack Assault Carving Knife!!!”
Any bets on how long it will take before we have calls to institute “Pokey Things Control” and “Screwdriver Control” and “Wood Banging Thing Control” and “Fireplace Implement Control” and of course the every popular “Blunt Object Control”. (A surprisingly large number of folks are done in every year by “Blunt force trauma”)
Oh, and don’t forget the cane and the umbrella. I’m sure we can have them all made from sponge rubber for safety…
So, hey Britain: How’s that Gun Ban / Gun Control thing working out for you?…