Skip to comments.16-Year-Old Screamed as He Was Hacked to Death With Swords in Central London
Posted on 01/29/2013 9:44:14 PM PST by nickcarraway
A mother was forced to stand at a police cordon and watch as her 16-year-old son bled to death after he was stabbed to death with "swords" in a busy central London street.
The boy, who has not been named, was heard screaming for his life as he was attacked in Lupus street, Pimlico, shortly before 7pm yesterday, eyewitnesses have claimed. He was rushed to hospital where he died from his wounds, becoming the first teenager to be killed in London this year.
Scotland Yard have launched a murder inquiry and said that they are keeping an open mind on the motive for the attack.
Witnesses told the Evening Standard that teenagers mother ran up to the police cordon as paramedics tried to save him.
Steve Russell, 46, a project manager, He said: She was screaming with grief and shouting her sons name but they wouldnt let her through.
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Nope, they will be black (caribbean descent) youth. Given the history of recent London gang crime, they are the biggest problem.
‘And there are proposals to ban kitchen knives too...’
Nope. See my recent reply to another poster who made the same point.
Somebody’s gotta say it - The Amish are in London?
Good thing she didn't have a gun. Somebody might have gotten hurt or killed.
I thought that Ronnie and Reggie Kray were dead?
“They have had it for a while, and now plan to ban pointed knives in UK kitchens.”
That is what we need in America, knife control! No knife should have a point that will penetrate anything harder than jelly with less than forty pounds of pressure applied. No knife should have an edge capable of cutting butter at less than 150 degrees Fahrenheit. People don’t need assault knives capable of penetrating cotton t-shirts.
And knives capable of slicing through cold marshmallows should be banned, confiscated and destroyed.
Guns and sharp steel are tricky to manufacture compared to a cosh, which could be as simple as an athletic sock with a few rolls of shillings in it. But by calling it a "culture" I guess they hope to shame people into avoiding it.
The real shame is how they even dumbed-down the common pocket knife so that most ordinary American ones are now considered "assault knives" over there, and can no longer be imported. And pols over there are now lecturing professional chefs and ordinary housewives on "you don't need a kitchen knife that big to cook with, unless you get a permit."
Yup. Problem is, you are making a factual point that relates to actually increasing the chance of saving someone’s life. If that doesn’t happen, though, and the victim dies, people are left with the emotional response.
IOW, you are (correctly) discussing reality, while emotion is far more important to far too many people. Sigh.
God rest this poor boy with the angels.
Britain has become quite a wild place.
No kidding. I thought some of the reports I'd heard were maybe stretching things a bit... But no... I looked up some UK government sites for their knife laws... And they're just nuts. Perhaps worst of all, -any- lock back knife is illegal. That's just stupid, and unsafe. A folding knife is legal as long as it is less than 3" and has no lock. So... About the only legal pocket knives are a few of the smaller Swiss Army models. Your basic Buck 110 folder is illegal as it is an "offensive weapon". Ludicrous.
Under these rules even a Leatherman Wave multi tool is an offensive weapon, only because the blades lock open-- without which most folders are decidedly less safe.
Australia has some goofy rules too. An Aussie colleague of mine nearly jumped out of his skin one day when I -snicked- my assisted opener CRKT one day...just to open a box or something. He couldn't wrap his head around the idea that such a thing was perfectly legal. Well... Legal in my home state anyway. I'm not sure about California, where we were at the time. :-)
As we've seen with the Second Amendment, laws, and even the Bill of Rights can be conveniently ignored at the whim of statist officials it they interfere with grander plans. At the start of her mis-administration, Jennifer Granholm decreed all assisted-opening knives to be switchblades. Her democRAT attorney general warned her that federal switchblade laws were quite explicit, and left her no wiggle room to call assisted openers "switchblades", because they followed all the federal standards rigorously. Even she backed down, although in today's world she'd probably get away with it, and get tons of praise for her "courage".
I've compared $400 switchblades to $100 assisted-openers, and IMHO the $100 AO beats the $400 switchblade at every step, especially durability and safety of lock-up. I've seen some high-end switchblades from reputable makers that can hold their own against AOs from the same maker, but at hundreds of dollars higher costs and legal hassles.
Japan and England have plenty of sword laws, too, I learned from watching the British original "Antiques Road Show". Great-grandpa's enlisted man's cavalry saber needs to be registered with the local constabulary when you find it, so it can be legally transferred. If it's not blunted, a special permit is needed from the Ministry of Really Sharp Things.
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