London Murders Reach Deadly Milestone

Detectives and uniformed police at the crime scene, following a stabbing in Camden, London, on Sept. 4, 2017.
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London Murders Reach Deadly Milestone

Rising murder rates point to the danger of misplaced political correctness.

London surpassed its 2017 total for murders on November 12, when a man with a crossbow committed the city’s 122nd homicide of 2018.

A 35-year-old pregnant mother died after a man fired a crossbow at her, striking her in the abdomen while her five children looked on. Her baby was delivered by Caesarean section and hospitalized in critical condition.

In 2017, London saw 116 homicides. This year’s figure to date has now exceeded that total, and we will likely see more murders by the year’s end. February and March both saw 18 homicides, the second-highest number recorded for a single month since April 2010. Reports of death threats in the London area have also risen this decade by a massive 148 percent, according to Home Office data for London published by the Telegraph. Homicide rates since 2012 have risen by 45 percent, and grievous bodily harm by 67 percent.

What is being done to stop this disturbing trend, and is it enough?

Cressida Dick, commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police, blamed London’s murder problem on a lack of government funding. She said that police have been “hamstrung” by a lack of money and “a very strained system.”

British Home Secretary Sajid Javid has also been under pressure to respond to London’s rising murder rates. Javid said, “If we want to stop offending in the first place, we should put ethnicity aside.” He continued:

It doesn’t matter if someone is black or brown or white or whatever they are. If the police think that there’s good reason that they may be carrying an offensive weapon, the police should be absolutely empowered to stop them. That’s what I want to see; that’s what the public wants to see. I want the governments at all public agencies to look at it as a disease and say, “How do we eradicate this disease?”

There are, of course, many reasons this “disease” of murder continues to plague London. Some have blamed social-media disputes and police budget cuts. Although these all factor into the cause, they are not the foundational reason.

Will increased funding or greater stop-and-search powers for police really stop the murders, or is there a deeper issue that needs to be addressed?

Javid’s statement reveals a troubling problem at the heart of London’s soaring crime rates: Political correctness is crippling the exercise of justice. This indicates that police or their commanders are afraid to enforce the law in certain situations for fear of being called racist. Political correctness is forcing police to spend more time investigating hate crime allegations than catching criminals. This is a dangerous direction to travel. If this slack approach to detecting and apprehending criminals continues, then the murder rate will continue to rise.

Britain’s broken families are at the core of why there are gangs in the first place. One major reason for gang activity is that these youths lack a stable family environment. Examine the surroundings in which gang members grow up, and you will see a culture of violence. Police often link the murderers to violent “drill music” videos posted online, where gangsters brag of the violence they commit.

As regular Trumpet readers know, we advocate biblical principles of morality as the only way to solve this world’s evils. In his booklet Hosea—Reaping the Whirlwind, editor in chief Gerald Flurry draws attention to prophecies that are aimed specifically at the modern nation of Britain today. These prophecies foretell the national decline resulting from Britain’s broken families and failure to enforce the law. Mr. Flurry quotes Hosea 4:1-2 to describe the condition of the nation today: “Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.” Mr. Flurry writes:

The lack of the knowledge of God produces an evil people. Verse 2 lists the sins of the nation. Our nations are full of lying, murder, stealing and adultery. We are living in perilous times—times in which “blood toucheth blood.” For this, the nations of Israel must be punished. Why? Because we should have known better.

You can know better and escape this coming punishment. London truly does have a moral disease, but there are solutions which can solve these seemingly uncontrollable problems. Sadly, few choose to consider them, and fewer still do anything about them. What will you choose to do? To read more about these solutions, and how London’s murder problem will finally be eradicated, order your free copy of Hosea—Reaping the Whirlwind.