Xinhua
July 5, 2008

Editor’s note: It’s obvious what the Brits have to do now: Everybody will be obliged to register their knives — bread, boning, carving knives, all utility knives, and while they’re at it they may as well register frosting spatulas and dinner and fondue forks, as they may be used as weapons, too. Sarcasm aside, it should be a non-brainer what the British state is attempting to do here — get the populace accustomed to random, warrantless, and suspicionless searches. For now, this sort of authoritarianism will be conducted in public, soon enough in homes around the country.

Knife crime has overtaken terrorism as the top priority for London Metropolitan Police, British newspaper The Times reported on Saturday.

The authorities have established a special anti-knife-crime unit to address the recent spate of fatal stabbings in the British capital, Paul Stephenson, deputy commissioner of London Metropolitan Police, was quoted as saying.

His announcement came after a 16-year-old boy became the 18th teenager that had been killed in violence in London this year. There were 26 youth murders in 2007.

Stephenson admitted that police’s previous attempts to stop teenagers from carrying weapons did not work.

The unit, grouping specialist officers from across the capital, will target known gang members and their associates who may be carrying or supplying knives, and it will also conduct random searches, according to the report.

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