Hard-hitting anti-knife campaign is launched as police seize 200 weapons
As knife crime continues to spread with more younger people dying unnecessarily to the point where young people should ask themselves, is it safer to stay at home or risk your life on the street. As if it is not horrible enough for these young people's families to lose their loved one's, they have to suffer on a daily basis.
The Police have a very difficult job with trying to prevent these meaningless killings and then having to bring the perpetrator to justice. Parents talking to their children about arming themselves with knives would help talk some sense into some of them, others would benefit from professional Counselling which could be targeted at the most vulnerable at an early age in the schools......
The Government launched a £3 million national advertising campaign today to warn young people about the effects of knife crime, amid growing fears that the issue is getting out of control.
The move came as the Metropolitan Police unveiled a haul of weapons recovered during the first two weeks of a blitz on knife crime, and said that parents were key to tackling the problem.
Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said that families must confront their children over weapons in the same way as they would over drugs and excessive drinking.
Scotland Yard revealed that a stop-and-search blitz operation in London, launched almost two weeks ago, has led to more than 200 arrests, with 130 weapons seized.
Sir Ian said that his force was “bending every sinew” to stem the crisis in youth violence but added that “it is not just a matter for the police”.
The bank holiday weekend toll of young victims of violence stood at two dead and one on the critical list in an east London hospital last night.
Now 28 teenagers have died in knife attacks this year - young men (and a few young women) whose lives had hardly begun.
Each crime triggers new demands for longer prison sentences and stronger police powers.
It would be a brave politician who admitted that there is little hard evidence about the underlying causes and scale of knife crime and that the most effective course of action would be to do some decent research.
The way we speak to our kids can have a lasting affect but it is something many parents don't stop to think about. It's very easy to fall into the trap of being overly critical of your children without even realising you are doing it. If you step back and listen to the things you say to your kids in the course of a day, you might be surprised at how many negative comments you make.