Watch Out America!
Maybe the Brits are use to it, but as an American citizen it is terrifying just how far a once rational government will go in their “sensible” efforts to disarm the populace.
Gun grabbers on the progressive left like to point to bans on firearms in places such as the United Kingdom, portraying those areas as violence-free Utopias now that evil guns have been removed from the hands of the people.
According to the conservative tribune:
The U.K. is far from violence-free, and the current situation there has revealed that the grabbers won’t stop at just banning firearms, but will seek to also ban and confiscate anything that can potentially be used as a weapon, such as knives and other bladed or sharp implements.
The above tweet from the Regents Park area of the Metropolitan Police displayed the “weapons” that were seized in a recent police sweep. Those deadly weapons taken off the streets included common items that could be found in any tool box or kitchen drawer in an American home.
Indeed, not only are subjects of the U.K. forbidden to own or carry guns, but they also aren’t permitted to own or carry knives, and apparently now are forbidden from possessing files, needle-nosed pliers, scissors, screwdrivers or wire cutters.
The seizure of those common household items was part of what is known as Operation Sceptre, a police initiative aimed at reducing knife crime and violence by finding and removing dangerous “weapons” from the streets, often by way of weapons sweeps, test purchases in shops that sell them and “stop and searches” on the streets, an action similar to the much-maligned “stop and frisk” tactic that liberals hate so much.
The operation has been run in conjunction with educational efforts to try and deter young people from obtaining knives or other “weapons” as well as making available no less than 30 “knife surrender bins” in the city of London alone where knife owners can give up their weapons without getting into trouble.
The Metro Police have also instituted a hotline that people can call to report others who are known or suspected of owning or carrying knives, a perfect way to engender trust and harmony among a community.
As to the notion that the gun control laws implemented by the U.K. have made people safer, recent numbers released by the Office for National Statistics paint a different picture, according to The U.K. Sun.
In a one year period ending in September 2017, there were 37,443 reported knife offenses as compared to 6,694 gun offenses. Of those knife crimes across the entirety of the U.K., no less than 12,980 took place in the city of London alone, an increase of about 2,452 over the previous year.
That would equate to a 23 percent rise in knife crime over the prior year in London, as compared to 21 percent increase across the whole of the U.K., even as crime in general continues to trend downward.
The BBC reported similar statistics and included several informative charts and graphs, one which showed that 50 percent of knife crimes were assaults and 40 percent were robberies, while another revealed that 39 percent of all homicides in 2016 were committed with “sharp instruments” such as knives.
One suspected reason for the recent uptick in knife crime is the fact that the government has significantly reduced the number of “stop and searches” permitted by police, which has had the counter-effect of emboldening more people to carry knives and other weapons without fear of being caught — a common warning issued by police and other defenders of the practice both in the U.K. and here at home in America.
All of that to say this: Gun grabbers clearly won’t be satisfied at just removing firearms from the populace, but will move to outlaw and confiscate knives and ordinary tools that could be used as a weapon. As can be seen by the numbers, such tactics will do next to nothing to reduce violent crime, as dangerous criminals will still find a way to inflict harm on others in whatever manner they can, because criminals don’t obey laws.”
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