Isn’t it shocking to read that Police in the UK have caught 47 children under ten carrying guns in the past three years – but could give them only warnings because they are too young for prosecution?
They were seized with pistols, air rifles and imitation guns that had been converted into real weapons. In the same period, 127 under-tens were also caught with knives. Since the beginning of 2007, there have been almost 40 fatal shootings and stabbings of children in London alone. And last week, a 17-year old was charged with the murder of Rhys Jones, the 11-year-old boy shot dead in a Liverpool car park last year. At a gun crime summit at Downing Street last year, senior police officers told the then Home Secretary John Reid that youngsters as young as eight were being forced to carry guns for older gang members seeking to escape prosecution themselves. In September last year, it emerged that almost 3,000 crimes were committed by children under ten.
The complete erosion of the rule of law under Labour has reached our Primary schools, with ten year olds now a firm part of the gun and knife pop culture. Where will this degradation of our children lead?