Violence continues to escalate in a historic city, but not for the reasons you expect. It is knives, not guns, that are killing innocent people.
London has recently become the acid attack capital of the world, as the practice favored by Muslim culture takes hold in England. Now, however, knives have become the deadly weapon of choice.
Knife attacks have surged in London, and the rise in stabbing murders have now made the city even deadlier than New York City, which boasts one of the highest murder rates for a metropolitan area in the world. Strict gun control laws, it appears, have not ended the violence in the city.
London overtook New York in murders for the first time in modern history in February as the capital endured a dramatic surge in knife crime.
Fifteen people were murdered in the capital, against 14 in New York. Both cities have almost exactly the same population.
London murders for March are also likely to exceed or equal New York’s. By late last night there had been 22 killings in the capital, according to the Metropolitan police, against 21 in the US city.
Eight Londoners were murdered between March 14 and March 20 alone and the total number of London murders, even excluding victims of terrorism, has risen by 38% since 2014.
This morning, another person became a victim. A 20-year-old man was stabbed to death moments after leaving a bar in southwest London, taking the number of fatal knife attacks in the city to 31 so far this year. Police arrested a man, 21, on suspicion of murder.
In modern history, London has had only a fraction of the murder rate of New York City. In recent years, however, as foreign migration from Muslim countries has changed the city, the violence has escalated.
FBI data and studies by the late Eric Monkkonen, a researcher at the University of California, show that since 1800 London has had a murder rate per person of between half and a 20th of New York’s.
Including January, London still has fewer murders so far this year — 46 against 55 — and its total in 2017 was also lower. But the gap has narrowed in recent years.
Cressida Dick, commissioner of the Metropolitan police, blamed social media for escalating disputes into violence.
The February figure on the two cities’ crime websites is one fewer in each case, 14 in London against 13 in New York. The latest figures include those who died in February after being attacked earlier.