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The high number of murders in the capital of the United Kingdom has largely been attributed to a surge in knife crime — they still suffer from some gun violence in spite of the gun ban, by the way — which has led to law enforcement’s crackdown on bladed weapons and other items that could be utilized as dangerous weapons.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who in the past has bragged about how safe his city is/was, recently announced a number of measures his administration was taking to address the “scourge of violent crime” in the city.
Announcement - Twitter - Khan - Reason - Knife
In sharing that announcement via Twitter, Khan ludicrously stated, “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.”
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One aspect of the mayor’s crackdown on knife crime is through the creation of a violent crime task force and expansion of police “stop and search” powers, which Khan had previously rolled back to near non-existence for fears that such tactics were “racist” and discriminatory toward young minorities and immigrants.
The mayor also helped launch a public relations campaign aimed at young Londoners titled, “London Needs You Alive,” which “brings together role models and youth influencers to send a positive message to young people — that they shouldn’t put their lives at risk by carrying a knife.”
PR - Campaign - Video - Londoners - Reasons
The PR campaign is embodied in the following video featuring several diverse young Londoners sharing the reasons why their lives are needed, and ended with a few stating the phrase, “So I don’t carry a knife.”
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