The Mayor of London is stepping up on knife crime, banning so-called “zombie knives” and telling Britons that there is “never a reason to carry a knife.”
As London’s stabbing spikes place its homicide count above New York City for the second month in a row, Mayor Sadiq Khan announced a serious crackdown on knives and claims that those who carry them -even in self-defense- will be dealt with harshly.
“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,” he tweeted.
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
According to Fox News, London has seen more than 50 homicides already in 2018.
In light of serious gun control measures implemented in the UK, knife crime has soared in the past few decades, as well as violent crime committed with other implements.
Will there be a ban on all knives, or just military grade knives? pic.twitter.com/vWZ8uwbMeh
— Nobody Likes A Cynic (@CynicNobody) April 9, 2018
Police and Community Workers in London blame the rising homicide rate on gang warfare and illegal drug trade conflicts.
A curious side-effect of the new measures seeks to ban “zombie knives,” survival equipment branded in such a manner as to suggest defense in a hypothetical zombie invasion.
While ordinary knives and machetes to Americans, the blades are often decorated in bright green furniture (green handles, blades) and marketed as part of the “zombie” craze seen in recent years.
To the British authorities, however, they are described as “absolutely horrific weapons.”
“Forces are determined to reduce the harm caused by these and all other dangerous weapons,” said Alf Hitchcock of the National Police Chief’s Council. “There is no place for knife crime within society and this ban is further commitment to keeping communities safe.”
The knives will be treated the same way as illegal firearms, with individuals only being allowed to own one for “ceremonial or religious reasons” approved by the state.
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