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03 Apr 2018 3:57 PM
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Gun and knife crime has, sadly, been a regular topic of conversation in the news and on our timelines as of late.

With the latest tragic events in Tottenham and Walthamstow, which left a 17-year-old dead and a 16-year-old boy fighting for his life, along with the shocking report that London’s murder rate has surpassed the rate in New York City for the first time, most can agree that that the devastating trend shows no signs of slowing down.  

February 2018 marked the first month London saw more murders than New York, with 15 dead (nine aged 30 or younger), The Sunday Times reports. London also suffered 22 fatal stabbings and shootings in March, higher than the 21 in the Big Apple. In response to the growing issue, a number of initiaitives have been set up by the government. 

Last year, a new campaign from the Mayor of London's office launched to discourage teens in the capital from carrying knives by highlighting the value they contribute to the fabric of the city. 

Sadiq Khan also promised £15m a year to fund education, sport and cultural activities for the capital’s most disadvantaged young people, in an effort to steer them away from crime and violence. However, the latest developments in the capital prove that it may take more than a social media campaign and public funding to tackle this issue. 

Amid concerns over rising violent crimes in London, a powerful conversation has emerged online around what needs to be done to bring about a peaceful and long-term solution.