With 7 billion different people on this planet, there are 7 billion opinions of how best to make the world a violence-free place – something that just isn’t at all realistic.
In America, this debate has raged over the Second Amendment likely since its inception. You see, when the USA was officially founded by the brave men and women who stood up to British colonial tyranny in the 1770’s, they put their foot down. They said “no more”. They installed the right to bear arms in our land of the free in order to prevent anyone from trying any of the old English tricks on us again – including those from within our own government who can’t seem to understand the difference between being a dictator and public servant.
And, so far, it has worked in terms of preventing any violent takeovers of our nation. (It has done very little, however, to prevent the corporate class from weaponizing wealth in order to subvert our government…but that’s a story for another time).
In doing so much, the Second Amendment has proved its worth, but that hasn’t stopped a number of naysayers, world-wide, from attempting to demonize and outlaw firearms. Somehow, the gun has been exalted as a supreme weapon of ungodly power to kill, and the magical power to compel people to kill, even though there are plenty of other utensils available for the heinous act.
Take knives, for example; a popular tool of the ne’er do well in places where guns are difficult or impossible to acquire. Whenever we hear about a knife rampage, there will always be the argument among supporters of the Second Amendment wondering why knives, a tool that can also be used for destruction, aren’t being called into legal question.
Well, now they are.
An epidemic of stabbings and acid attacks in London has gotten so bad that London mayor Sadiq Khan is announcing broad new “knife control” policies designed to keep these weapons of war out of the hands of Londoners looking to cause others harm.
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 dollars 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.
The tweet used by Khan to commemorate the legal maneuver was even more absurd:
No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife. Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law. https://t.co/XILUvIFLOW
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) April 8, 2018
There is “no reason” to carry a knife? Who is Khan kidding? This is totalitarian nonsense at its most absurd, and the total disarmament of the British people will soon be upon us.
What Khan doesn’t understand is that Utopia cannot exist alone. For every bit of peaceful, loving, Kumbaya-singing Londoners that he fosters, there must be an equal and opposite dystopia to which we can compare our relative peace and quiet. It’s the duality of life. Now, by allowing only criminals to arm themselves, the utopia Khan is attempting to create is completely helpless against the desperate and angry dystopia lurking in the shadows of London.