THE CAUSE OF LONDON’S SURGE IN VIOLENCE IS OBVIOUS — BUT NOBODY’S TALKING ABOUT IT | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

THE CAUSE OF LONDON’S SURGE IN VIOLENCE IS OBVIOUS — BUT NOBODY’S TALKING ABOUT IT

As the United States continues to experience sensational mass shootings and many Americans call for gun control, the London is dealing with its own rash of violent crime, mostly in the form of knife attacks.

Countless memes circulating on the internet have pointed out that despite the British government’s harsh gun laws, criminals have still found ways to commit violence and murder. Despite this, the government is clamping down further, attempting to restrict knife possession even more than it already has in its fruitless attempts to stop the wave of crime (in 2014, for example, a teenager was restricted from buying spoons, a measure that has apparently failed to reduce crime).

But there is more to the story, and what’s missing from the mainstream conversation further discredits the actions of the British government.

This week, a leaked report allegedly revealed that the uptick in knife crime over the last two years is largely a result of police budget cuts to London police, which have led to a reduction in the number of cops on the streets. But reading between the lines of media reports reveals a more systemic reason why the violence has become so severe. As the Guardian noted:

“Between 2014-15 and 2016-17, killings where either the victim or suspect were involved in using or dealing illegal drugs increased from 50% to 57%, according to Home Office figures.”

An op-ed published in February by the same outlet acknowledged:

“In the capital, Metropolitan police files show that half of all deaths involving knives are directly linked to the drugs trade and gang turf wars.”

The Independent referred to the ongoing violence as “a spate of murders as drugs drive turf wars between gangs.”

This problem has been years in the making. In 2017, former undercover narcotics officer Neil Woods came forward to discuss how the war on drugs actually exacerbated the problem. Woods, who infiltrated gangs and sold drugs, told the Independent:

“[I]t was because of me that organised crime was getting nasty. I was developing the tactics. I put dealers in prison for over 1000 years and I only disrupted the heroin supply for two hours. Policing can’t affect the demand so policing drugs is completely futile. I can’t emphasise that enough. More people die and it gets more violent. Drugs have got stronger and cheaper and more varied since the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.”

Indeed, despite restrictive laws banning the possession and sale of drugs, the demand for those drugs does not disappear and only leads to the growth of a black market where organized crime thrives. The global war on drugs has contributed to a global rise in violence, as well as the growth of gangs – just as alcohol prohibition in the 1920s empowered gangsters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The allowance of small amounts of recreational drugs, coupled with an enlightened drug policy, which would decriminalise drugs, would just pull the rug out from under drug crime, as Portugal has done:

Portugal’s Example: What Happened After It Decriminalized All Drugs, From Weed to Heroin

Of course, this is a completely logical move, which is why the UK will dismiss it out of hand.

And besides that, there are too many people, including politicians, the owners, and investors in, private prisons, and bankers, who are very happy with the current status quo, because they are raking in the money from the results of current drug policies in both the US and UK.

So do not expect to see utterly failed drug policies change in the near future in either country.

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