After a lot of bad press about London’s growing knife attack problem, which has pushed gun-free London’s homicide rate past that of New York City, London’s progressive mayor Sadiq Khan has announced his city’s new, aggressive “knife control” policies.
The Daily Wire’s Emily Zanotti provides some more details on Khan’s new “knife control” measures:
The “tough, immediate” measures involve an incredible police crackdown, a ban on home deliveries of knives and acid, and expanding law enforcement stop-and-search powers so that police may stop anyone they believe to be a threat, or planning a knife or acid attack.
Khan announced Friday that the city has created a “violent crime taskforce of 120 officers” tasked with rooting out knife-wielding individuals in public spaces, and is pumping nearly $50 million into the Metropolitan Police department so that they can better arm themselves against knife attacks. He’s also empowering the Met Police to introduce “targeted patrols with extra stop and search powers for areas worst-affected,” according to a statement.
In response, Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro posted a pair of images that poignantly sums up the problem facing Khan’s terror, acid, and knife attack-plagued London:
Shapiro’s tweet set off a flood of responses from all over the political spectrum. A few examples:
As Zanotti notes, while Khan is talking tough now about cracking down on potential threats, he is actually responsible for a decrease in stop-and-searches, which has paralleled the increase in violent crime under his watch. In fact, winding down stop-and-search was one of his key campaign promises in 2015.
“The last few years have shown what can be achieved when there’s a concerted effort to reduce the overuse of stop and search,” Khan said during his 2015 campaign. “But there’s still much more to be done, and if I’m Mayor I’ll do all in my power to further cut its use. Overuse of stop and search can have a dramatic effect on communities. It undermines public confidence in our police if Londoners are being stopped and searched for no good reason.”
Parliament is expected to take on the “knife control” issue this week, including voting on the ban of online knife sales and home knife deliveries and declaring it “illegal to possess zombie knives and knuckledusters in private.”