The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan had some harsh words for residents of the city when he tweeted that there is never a reason to carry a knife and that anyone caught doing so will face harsh government penalties.
However, Londoners along with all other British citizens, are at a greater risk of attack than ever before.
According to the Daily Signal’s Jake Dima, rape at knifepoint and threats to murder by knife are up a staggering 18% since last year. Yet, women are forced to remain defenseless by the Mayor’s “knife control” policies.
As big government continues to try to legislate away knife crime, instances continue to soar.
Dima further reports that knife crime has increased by 8% and they have even experienced a 3% increase in firearms offenses in a country with some of the most imposing knife and gun control in the world.
BBC’s Danny Shaw presents staggering statistics showing knife crimes reaching unprecedented levels in England and Wales. Interestingly, Shaw data shows that as knife crimes soar, the use of stop and search policies by British police has decreased in stark opposing correlation.
Shaw cites claims of racist bias and decreased budgets for the reduction in stop and search instances as knife crimes steadily rose. However, Shaw claims that Scotland Yard is beginning to reintroduce stop and search tactics.
Yet, across the Atlantic, crime in general continues to fall in the United States. What is fundamentally different between the United States and Great Britain? The Bill of Rights, which has restricted interference from the government on Americans since it’s ratification in 1791.
Not only do Brits have hardly any entitlement to self-protection but they additionally have limited protections of freedom of speech which is being further hindered as a form of punishment.
Article 10 of the United Kingdom’s Human Rights Act of 1998 grants its citizens freedom of expression BUT then disclaims:
“The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.”
As a result, the United Kingdom has deemed it reasonable to impose state sanctioned bans on the use of social media for its citizens who are even believed to be carrying a knife.
The Home Office released a statement that:
“This new deterrent can be imposed on any person aged 12 or over to prevent vulnerable young people from becoming involved in knife possession and knife crime… It can be imposed on anyone who police believe is carrying a knife, are habitual knife carriers or people previously convicted of a knife related offence.”
Stateside, we see a completely opposite trend occurring.
The Brennan Center for Justice’s Tim Lau reports that the United States saw an 8% DECREASE in crime from 2017 to 2018. Lau further reports that based on FBI data, the crime rate has fallen to an incredible half of its peak in the last 25 years as we experience near record lows.
Day to day, we see endless stories of crimes being committed around the country. But the reality is that only our ability to see and share that information has become astronomically more accessible.
However, simply because we are exposed to more stories of crimes in the US, it is not occurring with the frequency as in past years. As technology improves for law enforcement and The People are empowered through the sharing of information, video surveillance and other innovations, crime is steadily decreasing throughout the United States without sacrificing our most precious rights to freedom of speech or the right to bear arms.
As we see in the United Kingdom, and as our forefather saw 243 years ago, overreach of big government policy will never solve a problem better than the will and actions of a free citizenry.