So Of Course, There Are Calls For Crossbow Control

In that place where Great Britain used to be. A pregnant woman was shot in the stomach by a crossbow. Her baby managed to survive.

Politicians are calling for regulating crossbows, because blaming the guy who killed her is so 20th Century.

Sana Muhammad was shot and killed by her ex-husband, Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo. He’s in custody.

Guns. Knives. Now Crossbows. Soon pipes, sticks, and cricket bats. What will they do when they discover you can kill people with your hands and feet?

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UK Focusing Too Much on Wrongthink

In the place where Great Britain used to be is a country that looks more like Airstrip One every year. Police need focus on violent crime, not hate crime, says UK’s top police officer.

“My officers are very busy, they are very stretched. We have young people in London subject to gang violence, getting involved in drug dealing, stabbings, lots and lots of priorities.

“We can’t go on increasing the scale of the mission, unless we are given more resources, or the public is prepared for us to do some things not very well.”

All of this is in the face of real problems.

It was allied to a surge in drug-related crime. “We have supply up, clear evidence that the production of cocaine is up, the purity is up, the price is down, addictions are up, deaths are up. It’s being played out by drugs gangs on the streets of our cities and towns across the country.”

They don’t have a guarantee for freedom of speech in the UK, and the .gov is more intent on limiting speech a little more every month.

The PC Police Are Not Doing Real Policing in the UK

In a world with limited resources, you need to pick your battles. Investigating hate crime risks distracting police from their core role, warns head of Britain’s chief constables.

Investigating hate crime risks distracting police from their core role of handling emergencies, solving violent crime and burglaries and neighbourhood policing, the head of Britain’s chief constables warned today.

And the UK has a real problem with violent crime today. (Historically speaking. They have a long way to go before the plumb the depths of places like Chicago, Baltimore or Saint Louis.)

Neither investigating gender-based hate incidents nor investigating allegations against those who have died are bad things to do necessarily – they just cannot be priorities for a service that is over-stretched. Giving clarity to the public about core policing is a priority – and it has not received enough attention in recent years.

Yes, they are investigating crimes that may have been committed by dead people. I’m not sure why. He calls these “Historic investigations.” (For some reason this brings to mind “Lord Vorventa the Twice Hung.” Extra points if you get the reference.)

But then I think it is endemic – in most of Western democracies – that governments are spending time and money on things that don’t make sense. Crime is spiraling out of control in some places, and yet the mayors of the cities in question are not cutting everything in sight to get more cops to fight crime. (In some places they are attacking the cops, which has had the predictable result of having the cops back off crime, and negatively impacted recruitment.)

What Happens When You Cut Cops on the Beat By a Third?

You could also ask what happens when a government isn’t focused on law and order? Cuts have left policing at risk of becoming irrelevant, MPs warn.

Public safety is supposed to be one of the main things a government focuses on. Or that’s what I always thought. But that isn’t where the UK has been concentrating its efforts.

Policing is at risk of becoming “irrelevant” as the number of officers on the beat is slashed and vast numbers of crimes go unsolved, a parliamentary report warns.

Recorded crime is up 32%. Charges/summonses are down 26%. Arrests are down. Fraud is virtually ignored.

It appears highly unlikely that more than one in 200 victims [of fraud] ever sees their perpetrator convicted,

Yet somehow the police in England find time to investigate charges of wrong-think. (Saying things that are not approved by the government.) Strange how they had the manpower to arrest Tommy Robinson. Or maybe it’s not so strange.

Funding is being blamed, as policing – at least beat cops – has been cut about 35% in the past few years.

The Telegraph has a similar story: Police ‘leaving families to fend for themselves’ amid fall in arrests.

Click on the image for bigger view. It is almost as if something changed in the UK in about 2013. It is one thing when both arrests and crime are going down, but when crime is going up, things are not as they were.

It comes amid growing concern that criminals are increasingly allowed to roam the streets without fear of being caught. Victims’ campaigners last night described the figures as “appalling”, and suggested many families no longer feel safe in their homes.

And of course the British are too “civilized” to permit people to defend themselves in their own homes.

So once again we can ask, what are they spending taxpayer’s money on aside from “Public safety?”

Cops in The United Kingdom Seem To Be Fairly Incompetent

Either that or there is so much fear around being labeled xenophobic that they are paralyzed, and left unable to do their jobs. Police and protestors gather outside court where 29 men and one woman face charges of sexually abusing girls as young as 13.

Why do I think they are incompetent?

The offences relate to five young girls and teenagers and were allegedly carried out between 2005 and 2012, when the complainants were 12 to 18 years old.

Someone had to know about this over the course of 7 years.

30 men and 1 woman were arrested over this. They are all named except for one man who could not be name due to “legal reasons” which might mean that he is technically a minor. (It might not.) The BBC has two articles on this case. One from the 6th of September: Huddersfield child sex inquiry: More men appear in court. The other is from the 5th of September: Huddersfield child sex inquiry: Thirty-one in court.

When Did Giant Balloons Become the Preferred Form of Protest?

I suppose this is in response to the Trump balloon. But the good people of London are not happy with their mayor. Sadiq Khan bikini balloon launched in London.

“Under Sadiq Khan, we have seen crime skyrocket to unprecedented levels. People in London don’t feel safe […] Khan out.”

Both gun and knife crime are on the rise in London, despite Draconian gun control and knife control.

And of course the guy who organized it is being called “Nazi” and “Far-right” because tolerance only flows in one direction.

Knife Attack in London Sends 4 to Hospital

This being the UK, there is damn little info in the press. Quadruple stabbing in London park in latest knife attack within city’s ‘murder mile’ .

Four are in hospital. Witnesses (who universally didn’t want to be identified) said that at least one of the 4, appeared to be very seriously injured.

Scotland Yard said six males were arrested and are being held in custody. The four injured are believed to be teenagers.

That is pretty much the sum-total of the facts handed out by authorities.

In the middle of some prevarication and bit of hand-wringing, Police Superintendent Annmarie Cowley had this to say.

It is beyond comprehension.

File this under, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” The area in question is known as London’s “Murder Mile.” Doing the math from there would indicate that another knife attack is hardly beyond comprehension. Or at least it should be for a police department.

‡ I tried to figure out what Scotland Yard means by Superintendent. More than a sergeant. Less than Chief. Yet another example of the British and the Americans separated by a common language.