© By Othmar Vohringer
Yesterday’s news showed a segment on violent crime in London, England. According to the newscaster knives are the number one choice for violent criminals in England to intimidate, hurt and kill their victims. Remember England is a country that like Australia totally outlawed the private ownership of firearms. There as here the anti gun lobby promised that the banning of firearms will make for a safer society.
Surprise, Surprise – not really - turns out criminal elements can’t be stopped by a mere ban and instead just chose a different type of weapon. The report said that alone in the last month there were four fatal stabbings in London alone in one week. People are scared more than ever before.
One ought to think that the authorities learned that banning weapons of any sort does not make for a safer society. As expected politicians, police and so called experts look for solutions to tackle the problem. There is, of course, talk of banning knives, but also of a zero tolerance policy – like criminals care about such things.
Operation “blunt” was introduced and sounds very expensive for the taxpayers. Operation “blunt” puts more police officers on the road, predominantly on bus stations and underground stations. The introduction of a special law made it possible that police officers now can physically search people without due cause, just on a hunch, for “offensive weapons”. Whatever an offensive weapon might be is not revealed, for all I know it could be handbag, a knife or a long key chain. One thing I do know, laws like this bring us dangerously close to a police state and the loss of freedom for law abiding people without any effect whatsoever on the criminal behavior of a few.
Interestingly enough in all this hoopla about knives as the number one choice of lowlifes absolutely nobody mentions tougher sentences for the criminals committing violent crimes. The closest I could find on information about the criminals is that the police want a law that makes it mandatory for a violent criminal to talk to a stabbing victim. What nonsense is that? Do they really think that this would make any difference?
It seems that instead of learning from past mistakes by taking the guns away from law abiding people, the same mistake is made all over again by banning knives and harassing the people on the street. I bet any amount of money, if knives are outlawed crooks will turn to something else to intimidate, hurt and kill their victims. When will authorities learn, I wonder, that until they address the problem by punishing criminals nothing will change. If it where not that serious I could laugh out loud about that much government stupidity. First they take away the guns from the hunters now they are after the hunting knives too.
Tags: Knife Violence, Knife Ban, London, News