Topics: Crime, Criminal justice, Criminology Pages: 1 (250 words) Published: May 10, 2013
Knife Crime Discursive Essay
Knife crime is a persistent and worrying concern, especially as it impacts particularly upon young people and the disadvantaged, and various remedies have been tried over the years. Last year in the UK there were approximately 29,613 recorded offences involving knives or other sharp instruments, many of these proving fatal. As a nation we are becoming subliminally defenceless against these criminals who feel the need to ‘carry’. We need to ask ourselves are we really so helpless?

Some people might say that it was a gang related incident, or people may even turn a blind eye to this type of media. Is this what is making us helpless as a nation? People just accepting the fact that innocent people are killed needlessly? Are we scared? These are all questions that cannot be answered correctly, because there is no right answer. Certain people believe that if they speak up they, themselves become targeted, whereas others feel the need to organise protests or marches to raise awareness against this constant threat. Other members of the public question the authority of the police. Or is the justice system harsh enough? As a nation we have become taken aback by this recent surge in knife crime. Parents are less reluctant to let their kids play out on the street, or out of sight due to this fear of the unknown. Is it right to almost punish our kids due to the fear we all share as a nation?
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