More than 50 people have been murdered on the streets of London this year. The escalating violence has seen the city overtake New York in terms of murder rate; a comparison shocking to many considering our view on the dangers of gun crime in the United States and the UK’s strict firearm laws.
So now comes the finger pointing. The search for reasons behind the crisis has seen the blame laid on a lack of role models and a lack of police on the streets, with 20,000 less officers on the beat following cuts, among others.
But rather than a blame game, April’s bloodshed should be time to look elsewhere for pointers on how to prevent further tragedy.
Tottenham MP David Lammy, whose constituency has borne the brunt of the crimes this month, has looked to Glasgow – the former owner of the unenviable title “murder capital of Britain” that London has inherited – as a blueprint to follow to regain control of the streets.
The Labour MP suggested that the Scottish city had a violence problem a decade ago – but has since got it under control by ensuring that people and agencies are on the same page.
My constituents are scared, they are frightened and they are angry. I will continue to stand up for them and I feel their pain. I am sick of young peoples’ lives being used as a political football. We need political leadership and we need a political consensus to deal with this. pic.twitter.com/A0FMim72HP
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) April 5, 2018