In a culture where the normal
instinct of self-defense has been largely depressed by
decades of liberal peacenik propaganda, mere gun
grabbing (as Washington is now
gearing up) will not suffice. British peace
extremists may have imagined that depriving the people
of firearms would ensure the end of violence in society,
but something else happened on the rainbow road to
kumbaya—the confiscation of guns from the British
over several decades did not result in
Instead, the place of guns in
violent crime has been replaced by
knives in another brilliant example of failed
social engineering from the left. British media is
full of sensational headlines on the topic, e.g.
truth about knife crime—it has soared by 35 per cent in
some parts of Britain. The Daily
of knife crimes each week in 2007. A bad
guy so equipped is sometimes characterized as
"knifeman" (like a gunman in a parallel
social universe). Justice Minister Jack Straw
remarked recently that improved statistics
determination to tackle the scourge of knife crime."
In 2006, police offered an amnesty
so people could turn in their… knives. The Home
Secretary announced that
"carrying knives on the street will not be tolerated."
photo from the campaign shows a few machetes and
military-style knives collected, which were vaguely
threatening in appearance.
Were Britons also expected to clear
out anything pointy and sharp from their kitchen
drawers? Perhaps the
"bad" knives of the UK are like "assault" guns in this country, which are basic semi-automatics but
with styling that frightens anti-gun legislators (like
Dianne Feinstein, who has a
permit to carry).
Of course, a knife is not an
"equalizer" the way a gun is.
Small persons can successfully defend themselves
much larger attackers with a firearm in hand. With
knives, that is not necessarily the case.
Yes, the anti-knife arguments sound
annoyingly like anti-gun rhetoric, and the propaganda is
Prime Minister Gordon Brown had
strong statements last year about the need for Britain
reject self-defense as an unacceptable urge (rather
than a basic human right):
`Young people are thinking it`s acceptable, fashionable,
necessary for them to protect themselves, to
carry a knife,` said Brown who called for parents and
community leaders to help get across the message that
carrying a knife put people at greater danger of
violence than not carrying one.
Just like we made
guns unacceptable, we should make knives unacceptable.
`You need, not just young people but parents and other people to say
that knives in Britain, like guns, like bullying, like
racism, all these things are unacceptable.` […]
`There are certain boundaries in a decent society you don`t cross and
these boundaries are cultural. In America it is
acceptable for many people to carry guns, it`s not
in Britain. We`ve got to make it as unacceptable to
carry knives. Most decent people would want to do that
and I think what you will see over the next few months
is this sort of campaign, which is led not just by
government but people in the country, to say "get knives
off our streets".` [Rise
up to curb knife culture, PM urges at book festival,
Guardian, August 10, 2008].
Right, only primitive Americans
self-respect to carry firearms.
And after all the guns and knives
have been removed from Britain, then what? Will scissors
be next? What about screwdrivers, saws and cork-screws?
(The tool section of hardware stores provides a broad
array of possible weapons, incidentally.) At what point
will Brown`s "decent society" be deemed sufficiently pacified? It is difficult
to understand how a nation is supposed to benefit when
its people are unable to defend their lives and homes.
saying about guns might be revised like this:
"When knives are
outlawed, only outlaws will have knives." Either
way, it means that disarming the law-abiding citizenry
makes life a lot easier for would-be criminals.
Remarkably, a British retail chain
has announced it will no longer sell knives:
"The East of England Co-operative Society said it will withdraw knives
from sale in its 135 supermarkets and food stores and
five petrol forecourt shops.
It hopes the decision will reduce the risk of knives "falling into the
wrong hands" in the communities its stores serve." [Co-op
announces ban on knives , by Anthony
Bond, East Anglia
Daily Times, March 9, 2009].
Apparently people are supposed to
eat gruel and hand over any valuables to the first
robber who happens by. If I were a criminal, I would
certainly make my way immediately to the easy pickings
of East Anglia.
The criminal element, whether
diverse or home-grown, are often cowardly types who
prefer victims who do not have the wherewithal to fight
Or gangsters may rely on having a
huge numerical advantage, like the case of red-haired
Henry Webster, 15, who was
nearly killed in a savage attack by 13
fractured his skull with a claw hammer:
"The attackers were sentenced to between eight months and eight years
last year, but they would likely have got longer if the
attack had been proven to be racist. […]
Mrs Webster, 44, also believes the assault—by a
gang calling themselves the Asian Invaders—was racist and the result
of simmering tensions at the school.
She said: `I have fought hard to find out all the facts. It has been an
excruciating wait. The fact is that the attack on my son
was a racial one.
`There have been numerous similar attacks before but nothing was ever
done. I feel my son was badly failed by a school that
believes racism is
only something that is carried out by white pupils.`"
fight to prove attack by Asian gang was racist,
Feb 23, 2009]
The whole thing stinks of fear on
the part of authorities who don`t want Muslim riots in
their town. Mrs. Webster described a
"culture of timidity" among teachers at the
school who fear that disciplining young Muslim gangsters
accusations of racism.
Sadly, the Websters are one family
who now find it difficult to celebrate diversity.
And no matter whether the violent
crime is done with a knife or a hammer or an illegal
firearm, foreigners do more than their share, as
reported in 2008 by the Telegraph:
One murder in five is committed by a foreigner.
"One murder in five in England and Wales is committed by a foreigner,
police figures released to The Sunday Telegraph show.
Scotland Yard said half of the organised crime gangs in London were
"ethnic"—bound by a common language or homeland. The
most common nationalities for foreign killers were
Pakistani, Indian and
The article notes further that the
foreign-born account for just six percent of the British
population (for now).
However, the immigration spigot
remains turned on high despite all the problems, even
though England is already
more densely populated than the
Netherlands, which used to be Europe`s most crowded
country. In fact, the United Nations forecasts that the
UK will surpass
Germany as having the largest population in the EU
by 2050. So Britain will be incredibly crowded as well
as dangerously diverse.
On March 7, the Daily Telegraph
described the upward trend of criminal activity by the
Crime by foreigners doubles in five years.
"Records disclosed by 10 police forces reveal a 120 per cent rise in the
number of non-Britons arrested, charged or convicted of
offences between 2003 and 2008.
And figures from 20 forces, covering more than half the population of
England and Wales, show that foreigners committed or
were accused of more than 70,000 offences last year –
pointing to a nationwide total of well over 100,000
offences if all 43 forces had provided figures. […]
Sir Andrew Green, chairman of
Migrationwatch, said: "These statistics are partial
but they confirm a great deal of anecdotal evidence. I
have lost count of the number of magistrates who have
told me privately of their concerns about the high
proportion of cases coming before them which involve
The article mentions that the
statistics were obtained through the
UK Freedom of
Information Act, strongly suggesting that the government
doesn`t want the people to know how permissive
immigration has made their country far more hazardous,
The British example shows how far
the liberal nanny-staters will go to enforce their idea
of the ideal society by disarming and thereby
endangering honest citizens who merely want to defend
their lives and property. And it`s not just loony left
extremists proposing fanciful pacificism as a basis for
public policy, but the current Prime Minister. Doubly
alarming is how the people don`t seem to mind being
treated like children, incapable of managing sharp
Will a black market in cutlery grow
up on the island if more stores refuse to stock knives?
The mind reels with the absurdity of a country so
infantilized that everyday knives are considered too
dangerous for the public.
Meanwhile, many in Obama`s
Washington are probably envious of the road taken by
Britain. Attorney General
Eric Holder has
moved to curtail the
Second Amendment because he believes Mexico`s
complaints that many guns used by drug cartel criminals
come from the United States. There has been a media
campaign on that talking point over the last couple
weeks which serves two purposes. One, the
presence of American guns will be part of Presidente
Calderon`s future excuse for his failure in
Mexico`s drug war. Two, it serves as an opening
gambit for Obama`s long-term anti-gun strategy. We can`t
let it happen.
The rapid British slide to
infantile nanny-statism should be a galvanizing reminder
rights are human rights, and must be defended as
passionately as borders and sovereignty.
Brenda Walker (email
her) lives in Northern California and publishes
ImmigrationsHumanCost.org. A great admirer of
Theodore Roosevelt, she agrees with his
sentiment, "Let us speak courteously, deal fairly,
and keep ourselves armed and ready."