Trump reckons knives have turned London into a ‘war zone’ and here are the 7 responses you need
Donald Trump has rejected calls to do something about all those gun massacres in the US by saying – hey folks, it could be worse, it could be London!
Here he is talking to – who else? – the National Rifle Association.
Hear the @realDonaldTrump speech where he defends gun laws in the USA by referencing knife attacks in London
(Question: If everyone with a knife in London swapped it for a gun, wouldn’t things be much worse?)pic.twitter.com/eVc3VZe9VY
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) May 5, 2018
And here are the only 7 responses you need.
Do you remember when presidents didn’t base their opinions of your country on a misremembered episode of Holby fucking City? https://t.co/T8yRLN1hSa
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) May 4, 2018
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) May 4, 2018
Guns are more dangerous than knives, Mr President @realDonaldTrump.
That’s why more people died from guns in America TODAY than have been murdered by knives in Britain this YEAR.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 4, 2018
Well it’s a beautiful day here in Trump’s war zone. I’ve been to the shop & didn’t get even mildly stabbed. Now we’re nicely stocked up on tinned goods & I won’t have venture out again till Tuesday. Phew!
— Robert Webb (@arobertwebb) May 5, 2018
Hey @realDonaldTrump, I made u a playlist. Enjoy!
1. Liar – Pistols
2. Lyin' Eyes – Eagles
3. Little Lies – F. Mac
4. Liar – 3 Dog Night
5. Liar Liar – Castaways
6. Lie to Me – B Benton
7. Little Liar – J Jett
8. Lies – J Butler
9. Don't Lie – BlackEyedPeas
10. God Bless America!
— Mark Kermode (@KermodeMovie) May 4, 2018
Population Washington DC 693,972
Murders 1st quarter 2018 – 373
Population London 8,787,892
Murders 1st quarter 2018 – 46
That is *100* times more per capita.
Clean your own back yard @realDonaldTrump and stop defending gun laws. They have knives in America too Dickhead.
— Brit D'Europa aka #DangerousExtremist 🇪🇺❄🌼🇮🇲 (@Alhealey) May 5, 2018
Trump: The right to self-defense "is given to us by God."
Guns and knives were not allowed in the arena for Trump's speech.
So God must be pissed.
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) May 4, 2018
If you’re wondering where Trump gets his, er, facts from, the Guardian reckons it was – can you guess? – a story in Mail Online.
It was not immediately clear which “story” Trump had read about London, but a strong contender is a Mail Online article published last month. Its headline said: “Surgeon says he is regularly treating children in school uniform for gun and knife wounds in London hospital which is ‘like Afghan war zone’.”
The article quoted a BBC Radio 4 interview with Martin Griffiths, a lead trauma surgeon at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, where it said a record 702 stabbing victims were treated in 2017. “Griffiths said colleagues who served in the military likened their work at the London hospital to being back at Camp Bastion, the British forces base in war-torn Afghanistan,” Mail Online reported.
Fox News must have been on an ad break.