Gun Crime in Chicago and Knife Crime in Britain have same Root Cause

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 16th, 2014

Week in Review

Chicago is adrift in a sea of blood.  Despite their strict gun laws there is an epidemic of gun violence in the city.  And the reason for this, say those on the left, is the availability of guns elsewhere.  Guns that are brought into Chicago and get into the hands of innocent young kids.  Forcing them to leave their peace-loving ways.  That’s the problem.  Get rid of all the guns and those kids will stay peace-loving and as pure as the wind driven snow.  For without guns there can be no violence.  Because what person would never think about picking up a knife (see Impose tougher sentences for knife crimes, says top judge by David Barrett posted 4/16/2014 on The Telegraph)?

The most senior judge in England and Wales has called on magistrates to impose tougher sentences for youths who carry knives.

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, the Lord Chief Justice, said more severe punishments could help cut the “prevalence” of such crimes.

In a ruling at the Court of Appeal in London, Lord Thomas said: “Given the prevalence of knife crime among young persons, the youth court must keep a very sharp focus, if necessary through the use of more severe sentences, on preventing further offending by anyone apprehended for carrying a knife in a public place and to securing a reduction in the carrying of knives.”

Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, has previously expressed his concern about knife criminals being handed cautions and other non-custodial punishments.

Mr Grayling brought in new measures in December 2012 which were designed to impose mandatory jail sentences on anyone who uses a knife or offensive weapon to threaten and endanger others.

Britain has very strict gun laws.  It’s like Chicago writ large.  So people can’t go to a part of Britain where there are lax gun laws.  Buy guns.  And taking them to another place in Britain that has strict gun laws.  Even their police don’t carry guns while walking a beat.  They do, however, have units that carry guns.  In response to rising gun crime.  But it’s the knife crime that Britain is struggling with.  And much of the knife violence in Britain is due to the same cause of the gun violence in Chicago.  Gangs.

Is knife violence preferred over gun violence?  Perhaps.  No doubt it is more difficult to stab an innocent bystander in a ‘drive-by’ stabbing.  But because knives are so easy to get almost any gang member can carry a knife.  And anyone with mental health issues can easily pick one up in most any kitchen.  And cause harm.  As in Calgary and Regina, Canada.  And in Murrysville, Pennsylvania.

It’s not the guns or the knives that are causing people to harm others.  These people are just determined to cause harm.  You can try to take away every conceivable weapon but if they want to cause harm they will find a way to cause harm.  Which is what we should be doing.  Trying to prevent them from causing harm.  Not just trying to prevent one way they can cause harm.  With guns.

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Is the Knife Violence in Britain cause for New Sweeping Knife Control Legislation?

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 6th, 2013

Week in Review

Gun control advocates say Britain doesn’t allow anyone to own a gun.  And look how safe it is there (see Hereford stabbings: Two men hurt in attacks posted 4/2/2013 on BBC News Hereford & Worcester).

Two men have been treated in hospital following two “serious attacks” in Hereford.

West Mercia Police said the two victims were believed to have been stabbed in the Hunderton and Westfaling Street areas of the city…

Supt Ivan Powell said: “We would like to reassure local people that we believe that we have now accounted for all suspects connected with the incidents.

“We are in the very early stages of our investigation, but what I can say at this stage is that these appear to have been two separate, unprovoked assaults on members of the public.

“It is not thought that the victims are either known to each other or know their attackers.

Two separate, unprovoked and random knife attacks?  What, people are still assaulted even though there are no guns in Britain?  Is there a knife culture in Britain?  Do they need new knife control legislation?  To put an end to this knife violence?  Do they need to remove all knives from the people?  Including from the responsible knife owners?

Obviously it’s not the knives that are stabbing people.  People are stabbing people.  And I’m guessing that there are a lot of knife owners who never have stabbed anyone.  Just as there are a lot of gun owners in the United States that have never massacred unarmed men, women and children in theaters and schools.  Yet in the United States all we hear is about our gun culture.  And how we need to restrict gun ownership.

Of course the question that begs to be asked is this.  If we successfully prevent even the bad guys from owning a gun would they ever consider picking up another weapon?  Like a knife?  Or if we banned guns would that act simply make bad guys good?  Well, we can look to Britain and see the answer to that question.

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