Panic on the Streets of London

Bono’s quote that that we should not become a monster in order to defeat a monster is the first thing that came to mind when I grabbed my copy of the Metro this morning. The front page headline is: “Armed police to patrol on streets”.

I’ve always been anti-gun, anti-violence, anti-war, anti-anything along those lines. To bring more guns into the streets to combat the gun and knife and gang crime is only going to encourage those groups to bring in more of their own weapons. This is a bad idea. It sounds like a panic reaction rather than a tactical one to this year’s 17% increase in gun crime.

According to the Independent, the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) were not consulted. Joanne McCartney, a member of the MPA, was quoted in the article: “We want fewer guns on the streets not more, and people to feel safe in their community – not scared of those who are supposed to protect them.”

Trafalgar Square: By Fountain Light and Candle Light

Took a wander down to Trafalgar Square tonight in search of the candlelit vigil against hate crimes. It wasn’t up to much, but the fountains were lit up all pretty, changing colours. My camera doesn’t take very good night photos, but here’s a few.

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Although the vigil (that I didn’t see) was not meant specifically for Ian Baynham, the 62-year-old who was killed by a bunch of teens near Trafalgar Square this week in a homophobic attack, it is worth writing that arrests have now been made regarding that incident. It’s truly appaling that something like that could happen at all, let alone in the middle of London’s tourist district during the busy night life hours. Ian was out celebrating the start of a new job and all the papers say his life was on the up.

And speaking of violence in the city, gun crime and rape are both up this year, 17% and 20% respectively, according to the BBC. On the plus side, I suppose, the overall number of crimes in the city fell by 1.2%….