Knife Attacks Cause Britain Schools to Teach Trauma Aid to Teens

Knife attacks continue to surge in several UK cities, prompting schools to introduce emergency knife wound trauma curriculum to teenagers. Not only are knife attacks a significant issue for Britains, violent crime, but even incidents involving firearms have also steadily increased over the last decade. Why does this matter for us Americans?

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Gun Control and Knife Control?

Proponents of gun control laws often point to the strict gun sanctions of Britain as a prototype of their desire for America. Besides not having a Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, the UK is fundamentally different from the United States. But the differences do not mean we can't look at how radical gun control and other crime-related policies have affected crime across the Atlantic Ocean.

Gun-rights advocates have continued to claim that the issue is not the firearm but the heart of the individual wielding the gun. Instead of addressing the social issues that lend to a feeling of despair and evil, politicians in the US and Britain virtue signal by pushing restrictive laws that do more harm than good. And the kicker is these restrictive gun laws only affect the law-abiding citizens in the country.

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Crime Rates In England:

After passing more restrictive gun laws in the UK, the number of crimes involving guns initially dropped. We would expect this, as fewer guns were to be had by criminals. Almost instantly, violent crime involving other weapons increased.

An article from US News reported that knife attacks in England and Wales are at the highest level in over 9 years! It is so bad that, as mentioned above, teens are now taught how to provide emergency trauma aid to victims of knife attacks. To be clear, I am not against teens or adults learning emergency trauma skills.

Trauma Response Training is Great:

I can't recommend this free Emergency Trauma Response course on the Mountain Man Medical site. I don't know how long it will be before it is $28.00 again, but it is a no-brainer for everyone. Novices, and highly trained medical personnel, have agreed that this course is comprehensive and an incredible resource for everyone. It would be a fantastic idea for schools and employers here in the United States to teach a lesson like this.

teens taught how to treat knife wounds

Now back to the inevitable consequences of restrictive gun laws. An article from the BBC has indicated that crimes involving guns have risen consistently in England and Wales since 2014. Not only was this inevitable, but also predicted by anyone who looked at the issue for more than two seconds.

Crime Rates are Complex:

To be fair, crime rates are very complicated and there are many influences to what may cause a spike or reduction in the statistics. The complexity goes for guns and knives. But we cannot discount the fact that a strict prohibition on possession of firearms by non-criminals has not made people safer. Rather it makes them more vulnerable. Nearly any criminal can afford a knife, and knives are not highly regulated like guns. Many studies have looked at the question of “do good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns or even knives?”

In an article from USA Today, reported the following:

We know, because of research directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that guns are used 16 to 100 times more often to protect life than to take life. That means there are a whole lot more “guns save lives stories” not being reported by USA TODAY.

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Now the USA Today is not what most would consider a pro-Second Amendment propaganda machine. And later in the USA Today article, they conceded:

But as much as the USA TODAY Editorial Board wants to discount the idea of the “good guy with a gun,” let’s not forget that almost 90% of police agree that mass shootings would be “reduced” or “avoided altogether” by the presence of legally armed citizens.

violent crime goes up in England


So what can we learn from all of this? Hopefully, we take away this understanding. Simply banning citizens from possessing firearms or regulating them in such a restrictive way that the average citizen cannot afford them is not going to make society safe. Here is some work I did on showing how mass shooters were able to get their guns, despite strict gun laws.

And in our personal lives, we can better prepare ourselves to be ready not only to defend ourselves with a great equalizer, the gun but to possess the knowledge and skills to treat basic trauma injuries and save lives. Knife attacks continue to surge in several UK cities, prompting schools to introduce emergency knife wound trauma curriculum to teenagers.

About Matthew Maruster

I follow my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who is the eternal co-equal Son of God. I currently live in Columbus, Ohio with my wife and daughter. I served in the Marine Corps Infantry. I was a Staff Sergeant and served as a Platoon Sergeant during combat in Iraq. After I was a police officer at a municipal agency in San Diego County. I have a Bachelors's Degree in Criminal Justice from National University. MJ Maruster Defense.


  1. Francis King on June 12, 2021 at 3:44 am

    The article is wrong from start to finish.

    We know how many people die from gun violence in the USA (suicides, gangsters, homicides, negligence) every year. This is a real number.

    As for the number of defensive gun uses, this is much harder to gauge, which is why there is such a range in the values, and discrepancies between one quotation of the values and the next. The best that they can do is ring up a small number of people at home, take their accounts, real, fabricated, embellished or imaginary as truth, and then extrapolate to the size of the US population. On that basis, 6% of the US population have been abducted by aliens. Really?

    If 300,000 – 3 million people had to do a ‘defensive gun use’, what does it say about Mr Nugents claim that more guns lead to a polite society? How polite is that level of violence and threat?

    Moreover, if I was threatened such that I felt a need to defend myself, I would report this to the police. So where are the 300,000 – 3 million police reports? One gun owner admitted the truth – he did a ‘defensive gun use’, but didn’t report it to the police because he feared that he would be arrested. In other words, the bulk of the 300,000 – 3 million acts belong on the other side of the ledger, alongside the 36,000 gun deaths a year.

    Oh, and as for your photograph of the Woolwich attack – if only the soldier had had a handgun, he would have been able to defend himself, goes the meme – he had been run down by a speeding car, and was lying unconscious on the ground. His memory deserves more respect than you seem prepared to offer.

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