Kirsters Baish| It was reported recently that the murder rate in London, which was always a safe city in the past, has surpassed the murder rate in New York City in both February and March for the first time in modern-day history. Most of the London murders were committed using knives, not guns as the left would want you to think.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is now jumping into action… by putting a form of knife control into action. Khan’s response to the jump in the crime rate was to place more than 300 extra London police officers all over the city’s crime-heavy neighborhoods in order to stop and search anyone that they feel could potentially be carrying a knife. In the United States, these kinds of policies are highly controversial, and possibly violate the Fourth Amendment. Things aren’t the same in England, however. Police have the right to stop and search anyone that their judgement tells them is possibly carrying a knife.
The Blaze wrote, “The ‘tough, immediate’ measures also ban home deliveries of knives and acid, two of the most common weapons in London today.”
Khan has also created a “violent crime task force” that is comprised of 120 officers who are trained to “focus solely on violent crime, weapon-enabled crime and serious criminality.” Khan is also investing upwards of $150 million in the police department of London. He is also putting $50 million into a youth program which is meant to push youth to stray from violent crime.
Khan wrote on Twitter, “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.” He went on to share his new knife policies.
The United Kingdom’s law says specifically that it is illegal for any United Kingdom resident to carry a knife with a folding blade that is longer than three inches “without good reason.” It is also illegal to use a knife in a “threatening way.”
Pocket knives and multi-tools do not count as “folding blades” under the London law. All knives which have a lock are illegal to carry in public, with no exceptions. Any adult who is found guilty in court of violating any of the knife laws is subject to serve four years in prison.
There is some irony here.
The Blaze reported:
During his mayoral campaign in 2015, Khan said he would do “everything in my power to cut stop and search,” claiming it “undermines” public confidence in local government and policing systems.
But now, as violent crime surges, Khan calls stop and search a “vital tool” to combat London crime.