'Gun-Free' Britain Has a Machete Epidemic... Every 90 Minutes Someone Gets Attacked


All America needs to do to end violent crime is ban AR-15s and handguns, right?

Wrong, at least if our friends in Britain are any indication.

The United Kingdom is often held up as an example of effective gun control by those on the left, but an out-of-control crime trend should make everyone rethink the wisdom of its approach.

Contrary to the liberal narrative, it looks like sweeping gun control doesn’t do much to stop violence. It just shifts the tactics used by criminals to kill.

The new favorite weapon in England is the machete. A study by The Daily Mail found the rate of machete attacks has has a fivefold increase in only three years — and the trend has no signs of stopping.

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“Machete attacks are taking place every 90 minutes on our streets,” admitted the British newspaper.

“Figures uncovered using freedom of information requests show that in the last two months of 2017, police dealt with 928 crimes involving machetes. This is an average of 15 a day,” the Mail reported.

If that sounds like a lot, that’s because it is. The once-proud city of London now has a higher homicide rate than the mean streets of New York City.

“More than 50 people have been killed in London since the start of 2018, with stabbing being the main cause of death,” confirmed BBC News. “For the first time in modern history, the city’s murder rate in the months of February and March exceeded that of New York City, which has a similar population.”

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Acid attacks, a favorite tactic of “ethnic minorities,” are also on the rise, leaving many victims deformed and scarred for life.

London’s first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, seems to be in a bit of denial about the situation. Last year, he boasted about how “safe” England’s capital city was, even after a terrorist attack rocked the United Kingdom.

“I’m reassured that we are one of the safest global cities in the world — if not the safest global city in the world,” Khan insisted after the 2017 London Bridge attack.

Apparently “safest city” now means “more dangerous than New York with a stabbing every hour and a half.” Semantics.

What is London’s solution to the crime wave? The city has doubled down on the same kinds of policies that got them into the mess in the first place. Instead of being honest about disastrous migrant policies being part of the problem or allowing law-abiding Brits to defend themselves, Khan believes  more “bans” are the answer.

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Forget gun control. Britain has moved on to knife control.

“There is never a reason to carry a knife,” Khan declared last week. “Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law.”

Use a Swiss army knife to open packages? You’re a criminal. Carry a small folding knife on your pocket? Criminal. Work a job where a knife is an everyday tool? Definitely a criminal.

This is the British civilization that once ruled the waves, gave us Horatio Nelson and Winston Churchill, and held back the Luftwaffe by sheer grit. It has fallen so far that carrying a gentleman’s pocket knife now terrifies the masses.

Remember, the United Kingdom is the “best case” for gun control. It’s literally an island. It doesn’t have a 2,000-mile long unsecured border with Mexico or entrenched gangs like MS-13.

Despite even that best-case situation, authorities are still unable to stop gun and knife crimes. “Rape in the capital rose by 18.3 per cent, while there were 2,551 incidents of gun crime, representing a rise of 16.3 per cent on the previous year,” reported Breitbart News.

Yes, in “gun-free” Britain, gun crime is going up, not down.

Case in point: An image published by The Daily Mail recently showed a highly illegal Czech-made Skorpion machine pistol found in a London raid.

This is a select-fire automatic weapon, and even on an island with no land border, criminals were able to smuggle it into Britain and use it for crime.

How is that possible? It turns out that gang members aren’t in a hurry to comply with new laws.

Here’s the reality: Trying to ban everything in existence that can be used as a weapon is not just an exercise in futility, it ends up making citizens easier targets for criminals who refuse to comply.

Humans have been killing each other since the dawn of time. One look at the FBI statistics shows that even hands and fists kill more people than rifles, along with all manner of improvised weapons in between.

The answer isn’t to make everything, including pointed sticks, illegal. The solution, to Khan’s chagrin, is to stop importing people who openly hate western culture and to give Brits the ability to defend themselves.

Hopefully, our British friends will wake up and take corrective action before the country degrades into more chaos. At the same time, Americans should pay close attention and learn a key lesson: Feel-good laws don’t magically stop murder.

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Benjamin Arie is an independent journalist and writer. He has personally covered everything ranging from local crime to the U.S. president as a reporter in Michigan before focusing on national politics. Ben frequently travels to Latin America and has spent years living in Mexico.