As Patriots know one of the recurring themes throughout posts, comments, articles and books on the subject is that a knife should be part of your every-day-carry (EDC), that they have so many practical uses for one in getting through a day, almost any day, without using one is nearly impossible. From opening snail mail, to eating, to preparing food, to a host of other normal, civil activities.
And then there is the world that has slipped into madness. More correctly been driven to the madness of extremes by extremists. This from Fox News on Monday:
“London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced a tough crackdown on knives Sunday as the city reels from a spike in stabbings that have led its number of homicides to top New York City’s for two straight months.
He tweeted: “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.”
The tweet also included an action plan to boost police power and prevent future violence.”
London has seen more than 50 homicides already in 2018.
Most of the city’s murder victims have been stabbed to death, as guns are tightly restricted in Britain and shootings are relatively rare.
If the bloody trend continues, London will far surpass the 130 murders in 2017 and reach a number not seen since the early 2000s.
In February and March, London hit the unwanted milestone of recording more homicides than New York, the first time in modern history, as Fox News previously reported.
The cities are roughly the same size, with more than 8 million people, and have similar extremes of poverty and wealth, but London has never recorded more murders in a year than the U.S. metropolis. New York had 290 homicides in 2017, the lowest number in decades.
There are multiple candidates to blame for the city’s rising homicide rate, investigators have said. Police and community workers say London’s surge is driven in part by battles over control of the illegal drug trade and a “postcode war” between street gangs.
The video link above to the “postcode war” is a long one, 29 minutes, and preachy, as is most everything now on YouTube that has to do with society. For us Americans a postcode is a zip code so these are turf wars by neighborhoods. A repeat of the 1960’s in South Central Los Angeles, Harlem, Chicago’s South Side, all alive and well still in those areas and in Baltimore, St. Louis, Miami and on and on but for one difference. The perpetrators are on an equal footing with the Police in London. You have all seen the video of the one suspect chasing a half dozen unarmed police. If not for a Taser – shocking the Police are allowed to carry them in London (pun intended) – this is a scene out of the Keystone Cops movies of the 1930’s, just not funny.
The reality is this is a measure of desperation that is repeatedly played out through the world gone mad. Drugs are a convenient “cause” to be blamed and the trade in illicit drugs is certainly a profit center for those who have no other ambitions and they are a part of the problem, but only a part. Mix this with an open immigration policy and the unbending position that guns are bad, period. It is not that the London Police do not posses weapons that would deter any sane person for acting out and quickly end the acting out of the insane, deranged, and the intended perpetrators of murder and mayhem.
But these are only deployed “after” a situation comes to a head, after blood may already have been shed. The first time I went to Cairo, Egypt, I, as a American on business who had not seen a lot of the world yet, was very impressed to see the Police carrying similar weapons all over the airport and throughout the city. By impressed I mean intimidated, which is the specific reason to do such a show of force. Makes one step back. I suggest it prevents many crimes. No matter how much road-rage or anger I might be dealing with, the sight of a well armed cop brings me back to center quickly.
But political correctness, feelings and “safe spaces” have brought that to an end, and with it pushed the door to utter chaos open even more. Last year it was acid attacks on the streets of London (the below image one of the less brutal you can find with any search engine, though I am sure this woman would have a differing opinion about that, and rightfully so).
So in a knee-jerk reaction it is now a crime to carry a knife in London. This could be explained with the argument that was used in California decades ago that if you committed a robbery of a bank and used a gun, the gun automatically added 5 years to your sentence on top of the statutes for robbery. It was explained as a “deterrent”. It failed, robberies continued, even escalated and, well, you know the pattern – criminals simply cherry pick the laws they will break in the way the government here has cherry-picked the laws they will and won’t enforce over the past 16 years.
The knee-jerk reaction of the guardians of the public safety of the citizens of London is all smoke and mirrors, a “See! We did something!” facade that will most likely not deter a single person from carrying a knife other than those that have yet to take that step because there are decent people in the world. These were not the problem people in the first place. One wonders what the street price of a box cutter in Chelsea will be next week. Higher than Kensington no doubt.