It’s not just London experiencing stabbings. Reports say that a 15-year-old boy has died after an "incident" in Lowedges, Sheffield, just two days after another fatal stabbing in another part of the city.
As a result of the crimes, police are now considering extra stop and search powers being granted to coppers, in an attempt to reduce the rate at which these crimes are committed.
Obviously the hope will be to stamp this out altogether, and as Rudy Giuliani showed us in New York City, it really can work.
A drop in stop and search in London is clearly one of the reasons why knife violence is on the increase in London. It’s a secondary reason, with the primary source being issues like poverty and a lack of direction for young people. But reducing stop and search has been a disaster for the city, and has only allowed gang members to travel across the city holding large knives without fear of being stopped.
Sadiq Khan tells us that we should instead be focusing on "targeted" stop and search – meaning police would require prior knowledge that an individual may be carrying a weapon. But that’s literally how the police already works. If the police have intelligence that somebody may be carrying a weapon, then obviously they’re going to stop that person.
And it isn’t just the public officials pushing the narrative that stop and search is somehow ‘racist’ or ineffective. A rapper from London, called Giggs (no, I’ve never heard of him either, but apparently he’s popular) has accused Piers Morgan of being ‘ignorant’ for his comments about stop and search.
So if our politicians are slamming basic police measures that are proven effective, and popular public figures are doing the same, what hope do we have in convincing naïve Members of Parliament, mayors, and other elected officials that this is the right thing to do?
What hope do we have convincing politicians to take tough action, when they know they are going to face a serious backlash if they ever dare do it? God help London. And God bless those victims of knife crime in London and Sheffield.