London Mayor Continues to Outdo Himself with Stupid Bans
Sadiq Khan. If you don’t instantly recognize this name, it’s time to learn. This is the mayor of London, and his antics are always good for a laugh — provided you don’t actually live in London. He’s really put his mark on 2018 with a string of the stupidest bans the world has yet seen. While we encourage you to laugh at each and every one of these ridiculous endeavors, remember that the American left praises this man.
The Knife Ban
You surely remember this. Seeing as how we’ve ridiculed it so profusely, it would be hard to forget. Still, we should recap how London got to this point. In April, it became apparent that London homicide had outpaced New York City homicide for the first time in modern history. This is despite the fact that London has extensive gun control and gun bans. New York, while wildly liberal, is still protected by the 2nd Amendment.
To the credit of British rule and the argument for gun control, London’s murder problem wasn’t driven by firearms. It was (and still is) driven by knives. As we’ve always said, criminals will find a way to be criminals. You don’t defeat them by disarming citizens. London proved that in bold fashion. So, the natural response to the issue was Sadiq Khan’s brilliant plan to institute aggressive knife control.
We get that the British don’t care about personal rights and freedoms. If they did, there would never have been a need to create America in the first place. That still in no way excuses the extreme stupidity that has been Khan’s knife control. He didn’t go after excessive weapons like daggers and combat knives. He didn’t just attack citizen’s rights to have tooled blades (you know, for cutting things other than people).
He actually went after kitchen knives. That’s not a joke. It’s not an exaggeration. The London government actually went forward with a plan to blunt kitchen knives. They also created a knife disposal program where Londoners could safely dispose of their dangerous cooking and eating utensils.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Khan is the man who famously said, “There is never a reason to carry a knife.” Maybe they don’t have steak in London. That would explain a lot.
Swimming Pool Ban
Unfortunately, the knife ban was probably the most rational of all the bans to come from London’s genius mayor. This story is much less well known, but a few months ago, residents of a London neighborhood were forced by law enforcement to dismantle their above-ground pool. It’s a little sad. The neighbors banded together to raise the money to build the community pool. Just as it went up, the London bureaucrats squashed the dream of kids having fun in the summer.
You might be wondering what weird zoning regulation made them abandon their pool. Was it a biological hazard? Did London ban chlorine so the pool couldn’t be kept clean? We wouldn’t put any of that past them, but the actual reasoning is much worse. Officials forced the destruction of a swimming pool because IT POSED A DROWNING RISK TO CRIMINALS.
They weren’t worried about unwatched kids or even drunk homeless people drowning. They literally destroyed a swimming pool to protect potential burglars. Congratulations Mayor Khan. You can make even the most pious of people want to scream profanity at your stupid face.
But, we’re not done yet. The swimming pool ban still wasn’t his stupidest idea. That title goes to the Parliament Square traffic ban. The rationale for this is almost understandable. Terrorists have recently realized that motor vehicles are the most accessible tool for mass murdering innocents. It’s been a problem everywhere, but it’s especially bad in Europe. And, to Khan’s credit, he hasn’t yet tried to ban car ownership from his people. Instead, he’s just going to ban traffic. That’s sure to work.
The idea of pedestrian malls is nothing new. Pretty much every major city in the U.S. has them. But, trying to turn Parliament Square into one is just plain stupid. It’s a major thoroughfare in London. It would be like banning cars from I-10 in L.A.
Clearly, Khan is incapable of learning the obvious lesson. The best way to stop crime is not to infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens. Instead, you could empower your citizens to defend themselves. You might also find success by increasing your immigration vetting. That was a big motivation for Brexit in the first place. Then again, it’s foolhardy of us to expect liberals to ever learn from their mistakes. After all, socialism is still somehow a thing in this world.
~ National Gun Network