Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has declared a rather tough crackdown on knives since it’s been announced that there’s a huge spike in stabbings in his city — recently even topping our own New York City for homicide rates for the last two months.
How’s that uber strict gun control working out for you?
He blasted off a tweet, saying: “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 city has seen more than 50 murders this year alone and most of those are from stabbings, due to the cities rather strict gun control laws. Both London and New York City are roughly the same size, with around 8,000,000 in each city calling it home.
And again while the Mayor has announced controls he plans to put in place, it’s just another hat tip of sorts to the very idea that controlling guns just won’t solve a thing. Take away the guns, take away the knives, and the perpetrators will find a way. It’s a heart a problem.
Part of is plan has been detailed below, reported by London GOV:
Boosting police power
A new violent crime taskforce of 120 officers has been created using additional funding from City Hall announced by the Mayor in February. The taskforce will focus solely on violent crime, weapon-enabled crime and serious criminality.
The Met Police has introduced targeted patrols with extra stop and search powers for areas worst-affected by knife crime
The Mayor is protecting the number of frontline police officers on London’s streets by investing £110m in the Met Police.
Police made more than 900 arrests during Operation Winter Nights in November and December, taking more than 350 weapons off London’s streets
Preventing future violence
In February Mayor created the £45m Young Londoners Fund to help steer young people away from violent crime
Knife wands are now available for every school in London to help keep young people safe, with 150 schools so far taking up the offer
The widely shared London Needs You Alive campaign brings together role models and youth influencers to send a positive message to young people – that they shouldn’t put their lives at risk by carrying a knife
The Mayor’s granted £7 million to projects to combat youth violence across London and £250,000 to community groups and grassroots initiatives
The Mayor is working to bring in more Safer Schools Officers to help to drive down knife crime in schools
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. https://t.co/XILUvIFLOW
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) April 8, 2018