Anyone got any solutions to the problem?
The only one I found was send the kids off to correctional boot camp, and if there aren't any, fund them so no more kids end up dying in a game of "who's the hardest, fam?"
It all goes back to the family unit and a lack of values. Through its misguided desire to make non-judgmentalism a virtue, Britain has normalised single-parenthood. The British Caribbean population has the highest number of single parent households in this country.
In these family setups, there is often no concept of authority or discipline, so it is not surprising that many young boys who come from these environments grow up to be hostile to anything or anyone that attempts to restrict their behaviour.
You need to stop broken family units from forming in the first place. And to do that there needs to be cultural shift among communities where knife crime is rife. Blaming poverty and a lack of this and that is just a pernicious way of shifting the blame away from the real problem.
I agree that it's do with family unit and external influences as a child. Growing up around people who carry weapons and knowing people who do can change a lot. Someone I knew was sentenced a while back for carrying a weapon and he was supposedly surrounded by unstable family members. It's sad because teachers tried to get through with him but everyone including his little cronies abandoned him immediately after.
My sister and I were talking about solutions in the future. Nowadays there are kids at the top of end of primary school getting involved in this. Could do with teaching pupils to not give into peer pressure and maybe more discipline from parents. Possibly more youth groups and more support from people who have suffered.
The authorities tend to focus too heavily on access to knives and punishing the people who are found with them. Sure, these can be moderately effective control measures, but they don't get to the root of the problem, and therefore cannot solve the problem.
Knife crime in London is skewed heavily towards certain demographics - the most significant being black, male youths. As another poster pointed out, single parenthood is a problem with this demographic. Children raised by single parents are significantly more likely to be involved in crime. Throw in a subculture that glorifies violent, deviant behaviour and street cred, and you have a recipe for gang activity and knife crime.
Boys need support, good roll models, hobbies, and something positive to aspire too. The gangs also need to be brought down, or they will continue to groom and recruit more members. Stable, nuclear families must also be encouraged and single parenthood discouraged and prevented.
I think they should create some sort of registry that de values those who carry knives.
For instance, Sex offenders get put into a registry and that carry that label for the rest of their life.
Well, they should the same with those that carry knives in public. And if they get caught again; Sentence them 10 years then life.
Also; they should increase the number of stop and search because if you have nothing on you; then why would you object to it.