The UK has become notorious for its knife violence epidemic in recent years.
Given its island status and lack of a right to bear arms, the country has witnessed an uptick in knife crimes. When guns are banned, criminals will just switch to other weapons.
Additionally, UK citizens have no effective means of defending themselves.
Instead of advocating for a citizen empowerment solution such as expanding gun rights, public figures in the UK believe the answer is knife control.
Church leaders in the Diocese of Rochester are now calling for tougher regulations on the sale of domestic knives.
They wrote a letter urging for the ban on pointed kitchen knives sales. The letter also received signatures from top crime experts, Members of Parliament, and community leaders.
This letter came after a conference titled The Point in Chatham brought the issue of knife violence up, with statistics showing that there has been an 80 percent increase in knife-related crime in the UK since 2014.
The signers pressured the UK government to “take urgent measures to promote the sale of safe kitchen knife designs and restrict those designs which have been used in so many acts of violence.”
The letter argues that domestic knives are no longer necessary.
“Historically we needed a point on the end of our knife to pick up food because forks weren’t invented. Now we only need the point to open packets when we can’t be bothered to find the scissors,” the letter declared.
It continues: “A five-year study in Edinburgh found that of the sharp instruments used in homicides, 94 per cent were kitchen knives. Research demonstrates kitchen knives are used in a large percentage of homicides due to their availability and lethal nature.”
In the letter, the signers stated that reducing knife availability will in effect reduce crime.
Criminologists have demonstrated that reducing availability in turn reduces crime. The UK has worked for the public good by restricting handguns, paracetamol, smoking in public and plastic bags – now it is time to say ‘no bloody point’.
The letter and conference were part of a month-long knife crime awareness campaign in September, which received backing from the Diocese of Rochester, the Church of England in Medway, and the London Boroughs of Bromley and Bexley.
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NYC Mayor is Pushing Synagogues to Shut Down
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned the Jewish community that synagogues that continue to not comply with Wuhan virus regulations by holding services will be permanently closed.
According to The Jerusalem Post, the majority of synagogues have closed in compliance with city orders aimed stopping the spread of Wuhan Virus by limiting social gatherings.
“We’ve had extraordinary, across the board rabbinical support from all the different elements of the Jewish community and the same is true of other faiths as well,” de Blasio said during his March 27, 2020 news briefing, according to The Jewish Press.
There are still some synagogues holding minyanim, social gatherings of 10 worshipers or more, to carry out prayer services.
“A small number of religious communities, specific churches and specific synagogues, are unfortunately not paying attention to this guidance even though it’s so widespread,” de Blasio stated.
“I want to say to all those who are preparing for the potential of religious services this weekend: If you go to your synagogue, if you go to your church, and attempt to hold services after having been told so often not to, our enforcement agents will have no choice but to shut down those services,” he admonished. However, he admitted that he does not “say this with joy.”
“I understand how important people’s faiths are to them, and we need our faith in this time of crisis. But we do not need gatherings that will endanger people.”
The mayor asked religious citizens who witnesses services taking place to talk with the congregation’s officials and demand they cease services. If that is not enough, the authorities may “need to take additional action up to the point of fines and potentially closing the building permanently.”
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