London Mayor Sadiq Khan targets knives as murder rate spikes: ‘There is never a reason to carry a knife’
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.
All of this because there has been a spike in stabbing homicides since the start of the year. Apparently, unlike what the world was promised, outlawing firearms has not reduced or slowed crime.
A friend of mine who lives and works in London (in EMS), this is due to a spike in gang activity. Most gangs over there, like most gangs over here, engage in various illegal activities. Since those activities are lucrative, the gangs are quite protective of their territories.
Gangs are really tribes, although we don’t call them that for reasons that are somewhat beyond me. Like all tribes, they see other tribes as potential enemies. So, when one gang trespasses on the territory of another, warfare ensues.
It doesn’t matter if they use guns, knives, machetes (really big knives), bats, chains, or tires filled with gasoline. It’s not the weapon, it’s the intent.
Mayor Khan likely knows that. His order is not mean to curb violence, it’s meant to placate nervous residents of London. Who, for the most part, are not likely to be victims of this sort of violence.
For a good chunk of this year, London has had a murder rate greater than that of New York City. Where guns are almost as hard to get as in England. The difference being that in free America guns are much easier to get and some of those guns make their way into New York City. Where they are used to commit crimes in furtherance of committing other crimes.
Speaking of New York City, one must not forget that the first gun control law in the norther parts of the United States was passed to protect criminals from honest citizens. The criminals didn’t like the fact that honest citizens were using guns to shoot criminals and stop criminal activity. Since the criminals had friends in the city and the state legislature, they petitioned for a law to make it harder for their intended victims to protect themselves.
Look it up if you think I’m kidding.
Back in London, I expect that Mayor Khan will next declare stronger regulations on rental cars and trucks since we’ve seen several terrorist attacks committed using rental vehicles as weapons. “No one has the need to drive a rental lorry in London.”
Speaking of that bastion of gun control,
This de Blasio administration official set one heckuva bad example for the teens she was hired to keep out of jail.
Reagan Stevens, a deputy director in the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, and two young men were arrested for illegal weapons possession while sitting in a double-parked car near the scene of a Saturday night shooting in Queens, cops said.
A loaded, 9-mm. semiautomatic pistol with its serial number defaced was hidden in the car’s glove box, and there was a spent shell casing on the floor near Stevens’ feet in the rear of 2002 dark-red Infiniti SUV, law-enforcement sources said.
A gun with it’s serial number defaced is a pretty serious crime in and of itself. Add to that the likelihood that no one in the car has a permit to possess, let alone carry, a pistol in New York City. Those are two serious crimes.
Then there is this little matter,
The trio’s arrest followed a burst of five gunshots that activated an NYPD “ShotSpotter” device in Jamaica at 9:42 p.m. Saturday, sources said.
The listening device pinpointed the shooting at 174th Street and 109th Avenue, and private surveillance video captured the muzzle flashes of five shots fired from the Infiniti, sources said.
Love that Shot Spotter!
BTW, that makes a total of eight rounds, another violation of New York law.
One the other hand Reagan’s mother and step dad are both judges in New York City. I have little doubt that evidence will get lost or there will be some sort of procedural error that will result in the dismissal of the charges.
Then Reagan will go back to her $90,000.00 a year job in Mayor DiBlasio’s office. Where she helps to ensure that troubled yutes don’t go to prison until they are at least 18.
Thus has it ever been in New York City, thus will it ever be.
Just remember that if law abiding citizens agree to give up their weapons and right to self defense, all will be well. I’m just not sure for whom.