a reply to: Kandinsky
Some people don't have ID, that's the only issue I have with such proposals. As I understand it ID should be asked for when there's any doubt. When I
use a self-checkout machine I always have to provide ID... Times are changing, old rules being enforced, new ones coming out but at the end of the day
it's not like your details are being recorded when you're prompted for ID.
I don't see much issue with needing ID, the alternative is actually worse for the worker selling the product whether it be a barman or shop assistant.
Fines and jail time, in the case of a knife used as a weapon a guilty conscious also.
Anyways yeah, knives ain't banned and won't be, they're tools and like all tools a level of education and decency should be applied when operating
with them. I never understood that mentality of keeping a weapon around for "just in case" scenarios, when you perceive imminent danger everything is
a weapon. But a bat in the car or a knife in your pocket? Yeah... Good luck convincing any court that you used reasonable force in defence when using
a weapon that was conveniently within reach. Might as well just say you're psychic.
As for London and violent crime?
Yes it's complex, I feel social activities and a bit support would go a long way, I'm often humbled by the efforts of Duke of Ed and other similar
activities. I've seen them turn lives around, sometimes an outlet that helps with social skills and personal development is all a person needs. Often
when dealing with kids from a worse off background we find that they never had a well-structured family, a decent education or any aspirations of a
better life. Remembering my time as a kid I was often found despair between the ages of 13-18. I could work my ass off for pennies or I could get into
what all the "cool kids" are doing and get into highly profitable illicit activities. When you come from a background of day to day living and have
very little knowledge of educational or financial foresight it becomes almost obvious conclusion on what you should probably get into. Money is
Off-topic I know but it's something I feel strongly about, then again it isn't all that off-topic. Most terrorism these days in the UK has been done
by desperate and disillusioned people and/or the mentally ill looking for escapism or a weird sense of glory.
I guess in that sense a pedestrianised Parliament is just a plaster over a gaping wound in society. To compare to the IRA, yes we can approach with
due diligence but ultimately it was going to the source of the problem and remedying the issues that brought our bins back. You'll always be on the
back foot trying to thwart someone who believes you should suffer. Take away that belief.
Apologies for the long post, I blabber on sometimes. At least I think I guess, no need for hysterics it's often unproductive.
edit on 4-9-2018
by RAY1990 because: (no reason given)