“Kindness is a luxury on the battlefield, where survival takes priority over everything else,” says Richard Fernandez at PJ Media, and “the UK is running low on counter-terror resources,” with not enough police to watch the reported “23,000 jihadist extremists living in Britain.”
Indeed, all “Europe is beginning to admit it doesn’t have enough hard force to deal with the new threats” — hence “the reliance on candles, tweets, dimmed lights,” and so on. But “when the candles stop working, they will be forced to Plan B” — “making the descent from the Marquess of Queensberry Rules to street fighting inevitable.” In the end, “an unsustainable program of political correctness killed the very thing it swore to protect.”
Samurai swords, axes and air guns are among the 2,579 weapons seized from schools in England and Wales, Freedom of Information requests have shown.
Press Association analysis of data from 32 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales said the weapons had been found in two years to March 2017.
Police chiefs said there had been a “worrying” increase in young people carrying knives.
There are about 25,850 schools in England and Wales.
Heads said children’s safety was their top priority and that schools worked closely with police to protect pupils.
In 2016-17 alone, 1,369 weapons were found – a rise of almost 20% on the previous year.
A fifth of the overall incidents related to knives or swords.
Other weapons confiscated included at least 26 guns, including air guns and an imitation firearm.
More unusual seizures included a police baton, a rolling pin, a can of beer and a 15in (38cm) metal rod.
At least 47 children below the age of 10 – the age at which someone can be prosecuted – were found with weapons.
This included three five-year-olds, one of whom was caught with a knife, while another was found with a “missile” – typically a brick or a rock.
The Metropolitan Police and Greater Manchester Police were among the forces to respond to the survey.
Chief Constable Alf Hitchcock, the National Police Chiefs Council lead for knife crime, said: “Carrying a weapon of any kind in schools is not an issue for a school to deal with alone; police and partners will always be willing to work with them and take appropriate action.
“We have recently seen an increase in young people carrying knives, and this is worrying.
“We are responding to this trend by targeting those who carry them illegally and working with retailers to reduce the sale of knives to under-age people, through nationally co-ordinated operations.
“Police involvement in schools, whether it be officers delivering talks and interactive sessions or based in schools themselves as part of the Safer Schools Partnership, helps us to educate young people and explain why carrying a weapon illegally is never acceptable.”
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “Schools work closely with the police to protect and educate their pupils, and in some cases police officers are stationed in schools.
“Where appropriate, schools conduct searches and use metal detectors, and they implement robust disciplinary procedures against anyone found in possession of a weapon.”
The figures come amid a crackdown on knife crime in schools by some forces.
Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Police announced officers would be working with schools to highlight the potential consequences of carrying a knife.
It follows the case of Ann Maguire, who was stabbed to death at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds in April 2014 by a 15-year-old pupil.
The following year, teacher Vincent Uzomah was seriously injured when he was stabbed at Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford by a racist pupil.
On April 21, police in Manchester in northern England, said a pregnant woman and a man suffered “severe discomfort” when someone threw bleach in their eyes from a passing car.
“It’s a growing problem, there’s no question,” said Jaf Shah, executive director of Acid Survivors Trust International, a London charity that supports victims, predominantly in South Asia, where acid attacks are more common.
Shah said acid attacks in other countries usually involve men targeting females. The reasons are often over spurned marriage proposals or sexual advances. In Britain, young men are mainly targeting other young men in violence that is often gang-related. British law is not specific about banning acid as a weapon, so gang members may use it to avoid prosecution, he said.
Even so, acid attackers are often convicted of assault or a more serious charge of grievous bodily harm, which carries a maximum life sentence. Since 2015, the government has required vendors to report suspicious transactions involving sulfuric acid to police because it can be used to manufacture explosives.
“(Corrosive substances) are extremely easy to get hold of (in Britain). You can buy them from hardware stores and don’t have to register why you’re purchasing it or what you want to use it for,” said Simon Harding, a professor of criminology at London’s Middlesex University.
“If you throw (acid) in someone’s face it’s going to affect their eyes and eyesight so you have a high chance of getting away with it. It’s a very easy thing to do. You can ride up to someone on a bike and throw it at them.”
By contrast, guns are very hard to get in Britain, unlike in the United States. As a result, there are only 50 to 60 gun homicides in England and Wales each year, a rate of about one for every 1 million people, according to the Geneva Declaration of Armed Violence and Development, a multinational organization. In the U.S., about 30 per 1 million people are killed in gun homicides. The Gun Violence Archive, a database of gun-related violence in the U.S., says 13,286 people were killed and 26,819 injured by firearms in the U.S. in 2015.
Victims of acid attacks say they must deal with life-long repercussions. Australians Prue Fraser, 20, and her sister, Isobella, 22, were among those sprayed at the Mangle club.
“I ended up in the middle of this fight and I was thrown over the barrier near the bar with all my stuff,” Prue Fraser told the London Evening Standard. “Getting up I could feel my arm was burning. It was like boiling water had been poured over me but like I was cut as well. I have never experienced anything like it, it was excruciating. We saw six other girls who had it in their eyes, faces and chest areas they were screaming and crying.”
Isobella Fraser said she sustained third-degree burns on her arms and back.
Daniel Rotariu, 31, of Leicester in central England, was blinded in both eyes and suffered burns to 32% of his body when his lover, Katie Leong, threw sulfuric acid on him as he slept following an argument last July. Leong, 52, was convicted of attempted murder in March and sentenced to life in prison.
“I have nightmares. … I see it every day, every hour, like it was yesterday,” Rotariu said in his victim-impact statement in court. “More than half of my life I’m gonna have to live it like this. … Sometimes I wish I was dead and I didn’t survive.”