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.”
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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