Over the last two months, London has seen a major increase in violent crime and homicide. In fact, London homicide spike has given them a higher murder rate than New York City for two straight months, the first time in history that this has happened.
You may be saying to yourself, “London has extremely strict gun control laws! How could they have a higher murder rate than New York City?”
According to London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, this spike in violence is due to knives. Not due to criminals, but due to the knives.
Khan is so serious about cracking down on murders, that he’s pushing for increased knife control laws. These laws include providing “knife wands” to schools to weed out students carrying knives, and expanding the “Stop and Search” powers of the police.
In an attempt to gain support for these and other ideas, Khan tweeted out “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.”
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
In addition to Khan’s intriguing suggestions, others are recommending far more questionable laws. Dr. John Crichton, chairman of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland, says the sale of pointy kitchen knives should be outlawed. Crichton believes, “This is a public health measure and public health measures are always about society deciding on a self-imposed restriction for the public good.”
How did we get here?
The idea that carrying knives or owning pointed kitchen knives should be outlawed seems preposterous in America. But the arguments they use to outlaw knives in Britain are similar to those we hear about guns in the United States.
When pushing for gun control in the U.S. or knife control in the U.K., the first step is blaming the object instead of the criminals.
For years those on the left have attempted to blame guns for gun violence. Personal responsibility can be uncomfortable, so it’s easier to blame an inanimate object for a crime, rather than the person who committed the crime.
However, what is the difference between blaming guns for gun violence, and blaming knives for knife violence? Or blaming rope for strangulation? Or hammers and bats for blunt force trauma murders?
The truth is that there is no difference to the left. Once we’ve separated the person from the action, the only left to blame is the object, regardless of the object.
This is exactly what leftists want, however. It gives the government more control over all aspects of our lives. Rather than simply going after the criminal, they can go after all of society.
It’s cases like these that the U.S. must take as a warning when debating gun control. Today it’s just about the guns, but tomorrow it may be about knives, and then maybe ropes. However, it’s foreseeable that at one point the government may have final say on everything you can own.
For the left, it’s NOT about the guns. It’s NOT about the knives. It’s about control.