Why do young people carry knifes?

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We hear all the time about young people, mainly teenagers, getting stabbed in cities across the UK. According to The Sun, stabbings in the capital have risen 16 per cent in 2018. There were 272 fatal stabbings and more than 1,800 reported attacks from January to November 2018 according to the anti-knife crime campaign group 'Anti-Knife UK'. The scariest figures show that 54 of the 272 victims failed to reach their 21st birthday, with 17 of the victims being aged 16 or under.

So, with these statistics in mind I started wondering about why so many young people end up carrying knives. I think some of them carry a blade because they are scared and think they need it for protection.

Awez Khan, a 17 year old Birmingham representative for the youth parliament, who had a close friend who had been stabbed explained: “I know a lot of people who carry knives. A lot of it is paranoia and fear for their life. They don’t know who or what type of person is coming after them, they don’t know when they might die and they have to defend themselves. It’s a kill-or-be-killed situation. And then there are other people who carry them to make trouble. I’ve been attacked many times and I know if I see the wrong person I could end up being in a coffin.”

Why do you think teens carry knives around, and do you think it is ever justified?

Sources:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5251268/london-stabbings-2018-clapham-shepherds-bush-crouch-hill-kingsland-hammersmith-greenwich-latest/

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1064630/uk-crime-knife-crime-statistics-2018-anti-knife-uk-london-crime-figures-violent-crime

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/nov/29/surge-in-young-knife-deaths-amid-police-cuts-and-climate-of-fear

Comments (3)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
    30 Jan 2019

    Thanks for including your sources here, it's great to be able to read the original sources of information! How trustworthy do you think printed newspapers are as a source of journalism?

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  • John-Ruskin-logo-250x250.jpg mindful_perspective | John Ruskin
    02 Feb 2019

    Gang members carry knives so that they know they are safe. They don't use it most of the time. They just carry it to look big and strong when they are not. Just like Sephton.

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy
    18 Feb 2019

    People may carry knives because: it makes them feel big, they think they'll earn respect and the biggest one - for protection.However, none of these are good enough reasons for carrying a knife and will not stop you being punished. Some people who have knives on them don't usually use them. In fact, 7 out of 10 young people who end up in A&E with a knife injury have been stabbed with their own knife.
    I got most of the information above from this link: http://www.trusted2know.co.uk/gangs-and-knives/why-do-young-people-carry-knives/
    The BBC News said: 'Knife crime is on the rise across the UK, particularly in London, and police say most of those caught carrying blades have no links to gangs. So why are more young people carrying knives?' The fact that 'those caught carrying blades have no links to gangs' really shocked me for the fact that young people would like a lot of respect. Knife crime has risen by 9% across the UK, and in London it has increased by 16% in the past two years. I looked into the type of crimes that young people commit to see if they were right, and the top three are theft, vandalism and alcohol offences. Anything 'violent' wasn't even in the top ten. Is the media being a little stereotypical? However, gangs are still an issue in the UK.
    Top ten crimes for youth link: http://www.orlandocriminalteam.com/blog/top-10-crimes-offenses-committed-juveniles/
    Link to BBC News: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38237496
    But this still doesn't answer WHY young people commit crime.
    The pure adrenaline rush of stealing something, or indeed committing any crime, can be rather exhilarating to anyone that age, or older. Also, if you think of the UK as a school and the law as the rules, children don't like the school rules so they want to break them for fun. Peer pressure is another. Having no friends as a teenager is the absolute worse thing that can happen to anyone in terms of development.
    I got this information from Quora, however I don't think it's reliable: https://www.quora.com/Why-do-teenagers-commit-crime
    People may carry a knife because they are not able to have a fist fight, so they need a weapon for back-up. Also, because some people just carry knives for there own mental safety, they like to feel re-assured in their mind that they are safe. That one was interesting for me because I didn't really think of it. So this also means that some people may carry a knife because of mental-health.
    Another link: http://www.idontcarryaknife.org/knife-crime/why-do-people-carry-knives
    Overall, I think that young people carry knives because they want security, safety and protection. This is because I found out that those caught carrying blades have no links to gangs.

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