“Every kitchen contains lethal knives which are potential murder weapons. Why do we need 8-inch or 10-inch kitchen knives with points?” – Retiring Luton Crown Court Judge Nic Madge
“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.” – London Mayor Sadiq Khan
“We routinely have children under our care—13-, 14-, 15-year-olds are daily occurrences. Some of my military colleagues have described the practice here as similar to being at [Helmand province’s former Camp] Bastion, which is a very worrying comment to hear.”– Martin Griffiths, trauma surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust in London
Those statements characterize the dire situation in the United Kingdom, where gun control reigns supreme and violent criminal attacks are growing at an alarming rate. Guns are tightly restricted in the U.K., including a near total ban on handguns. And for many criminals in London and beyond, knives have now become the tool of choice in committing their heinous crimes.
According to a report in The Sun, at least 46 people were fatally stabbed in London alone during the first half of this year. Additionally, according to the Metropolitan Police Service, there had been 1,296 stabbings in London from the first of the year to the end of April. Clearly, draconian gun control measures have not made London any safer.
Government leaders have responded in typical U.K. fashion—rather than address the underlying causes of the criminal culture, they have instead called for the total ban, or at the very least, further restriction, of knife possession.
Knife crime isn’t the only type of violence that has recently ramped up. Despite the extremely restrictive gun control measures in effect, criminal use of firearms is booming. Meanwhile the government has severely crippled the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves against these violent offenders.
The London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee noted in January, “[I]n the 12 months to October 2017, there were 2,500 offenses involving guns: a 16 percent increase on the previous year and a 44 percent increase on 2014.” These statistics are a clear testament to the ineffectiveness of the U.K.’s extreme gun control.
Unfortunately, it seems Britain’s gun control laws have only disarmed the law-abiding, and more knife control laws are likely to have a similar effect. In the u.k., as in the United States, violent criminals are the problem, not the implements they use to ply their violence. We at the NRA have known for a long time that restricting freedom will not reduce violent crime, but in the case of gun control advocates, the truth of our message has continually fallen on deaf ears.
Perhaps the recent reports from “across the pond” will convince some that following in the U.K.’s footsteps on gun control will only lead to more crime and suffering. Criminals will be criminals, regardless of their weapon of choice.