Monday, 14 July 2008

Lot on my Mind 1 - Knife Crime

I've got a lot on my mind at the moment. Nothing personal or work related. It's more 'current affairs' type stuff. Things like our current problem with 'knife crime' in the UK. It's out of control and no-one seems to be able to do anything about it.

Last week saw the 20th teenager to be knifed to death on the street of London. And there was a spate of killings in the capital in just 24 hours. And all the talk from politicians at the media is how we need to be tough on the knife carriers. Yet on-one seems to be saying to the kids "Leave the damn knives at home!".

According to a poll in the Sunday times yesterday, 80% of parents are afraid for their children's lives because of knife crime and would welcome some sort of curfew on teenagers.

Yet they reckon it's a lot more than 20% of teenagers who carry knives when they go out. So there MUST be some overlap between the parents who are scared and the children carrying the knives. Am I being simplistic but shouldn't these parents be telling their kids to leave the knives at home? Or better yet, stopping them from going out at all. Or is it that they think it's okay for their children to carry a knife because little Johnny won't use it except in self-defence.

Surely there needs to be some effort made by the people that these kids look up to, to encourage them to abandon the knife culture. And yes, that means Pop Stars, footballers, actors, etc - but parents too. Whatever happened to parental responsibility and control? Or do we now live in a society where is this abdicated to the state?

Sorry - I didn't mean to get carried away, but it winds me up.


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