A British teenager was shot dead in London only minutes after a man was stabbed in the head in another part of London.
The victim, was shot dead in broad daylight.
Despite efforts by London Ambulance Service to attend to the victim’s wounds, he was pronounced dead after forty minutes of effort to revive him.
The shooting occurred after a man in his thirties was stabbed in the head in another incident that took place on London Road, Sutton. However, the injuries this victim sustained did not turn out to be life-threatening.
Gun crime has become a national issue in the United Kingdom, despite comprehensive gun control passed during the past three decades which has all but prohibited firearms ownership for self-defense in the U.K.
A day before the West Northwood shooting the Metropolitan Police seized a vast arsenal of firearms and explosives. In a raid taking place at an industrial estate near Bretts Farm, Romford Road, police found “three AK-47 assault rifles, one sub-machine gun, two shotguns, one revolver, one self-loading pistol, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and 22 grenades”.
Law enforcement also found “A large number of stolen vehicles, several kilos of Class A drugs, and a cannabis farm”, and arrested one 31-year-old male “on suspicion of possession of firearms, ammunition and explosives with intent to endanger life”.
The causes of Britain and London’s violent crime wave are hotly debated.
Some argue that significant cuts to police funding by the central government, while others blame the law enforcement for focusing on non-violent crimes such as “offensive speech“.
The scaling back of stop and frisk has also been blamed for the violent crime increase.
When violent criminals were asked about London’s crime dilemma, they attributed weak sentencing and mass migration to the rise of crime.
One gang member said that “Giving tougher sentences will prevent people from carrying knives because nobody wants to go to jail for 10 or 15 years just for carrying a knife.”
In what many see as a futile effort, U.K. authorities have even floated the idea of knife bans and have instituted knife surrender initiatives.
Immigrant ghettoes have become a major problem in present-day London thanks to mass migration policies that the country has adopted in the past decade.
As time progressed, these areas have become home bases for criminal elements.
One criminal revealed to the Evening Standard how “In the last 10 years, since the Somalis and the Congolese came to London, they taught us a whole new level of violence.”
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