UK Plans to Add ‘Knife Control’ Regulations as Murder Rate Rises
Amid a huge spike in murders in his city, London Mayor Sadiq Khan is calling for heavy knife control and the increased use of a police technique that he had once referred to as “racist.”
London has seen more than 50 homicides already in 2018. Most were committed with knives. London has had strict gun control measures in place since 1920.
The Daily Wire reported that UK Parliament “is also set to take up heavy ‘knife control’ legislation when it resumes this week.”
In February and March, London for the first time in modern history had more homicides than New York City.
If the trend continues, London will far surpass the 130 murders in 2017 and reach a number not seen since the early 2000s.
Among the immediate measures Khan intends to take are the deployment of hundreds more police officers to crime-ridden neighborhoods and the use of “stop and search” by police.
During his mayoral campaign in 2015, Khan said he would do “everything in my power to cut stop and search,” claiming it “undermines” public confidence in local government and policing systems.
Amid the current crime wave in London, however, Khan calls stop and search a “vital tool.”
Other measure being taken include a ban on home deliveries of knives and acid, two of the most common weapons used in London today.
Astonishing California Bill Proposes to Shut Down Free Speech
California used to be trumpeted as the cutting edge of American culture.
It still is, except the culture is now all about censoring free speech.
California Senator Richard Pan, who was behind the infamous 2015 law mandating vaccinations for schoolchildren (SB277), has stepped up to the plate and introduced another bill.
This one would clamp down on criticism of ANY Official Story.
The bill is titled “SB1424 Internet: social media: false information: strategic plan.”
It targets social media based in California. But as you read the bill, you see it appears to define social media as any Internet blog, website, or communication.
SB1424 is brief. Read it:
This bill would require any person who operates a social media, as defined, Internet Web site with a physical presence in California to develop a strategic plan to verify news stories shared on its Web site. The bill would require the plan to include, among other things, a plan to mitigate the spread of false information through news stories, the utilization of fact-checkers to verify news stories, providing outreach to social media users, and placing a warning on a news story containing false information.
(a) Any person who operates a social media Internet Web site with physical presence in California shall develop a strategic plan to verify news stories shared on its Internet Web site.
(b) The strategic plan shall include, but is not limited to, all of the following:
(1) A plan to mitigate the spread of false information through news stories.
(2) The utilization of fact-checkers to verify news stories.
(3) Providing outreach to social media users regarding news stories containing false information.
(4) Placing a warning on a news story containing false information.
(c) As used in this section, “social media” means an electronic service or account, or electronic content, including, but not limited to, videos, still photographs, blogs, video blogs, podcasts, instant and text messages, email, online services or accounts, or Internet Web site profiles or locations.
Getting the picture?
It’s a free speech killer.
If it passes, agencies of the California government will develop numerous regulations for enforcement, including penalties for “speech criminals.”
Saying this bill violates the 1st Amendment of the Constitution is a vast understatement. The last time I looked, the Founders mentioned nothing about fact checkers or warnings attached to speech.
“Open borders and a flood of immigration into California are destructive to—wait. My statement has been precluded by warnings and fact-checker overrides…”