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Hospital In London Turned Into ‘War Zone’ By Knife Violence: Trump

Hospital In London Turned Into ‘War Zone’ By Knife Violence: Trump
United State President Donald Trump has suggested that the anti-gun culture in the United Kingdom has resulted in a surge in the number stabbings there as he referred to a hospital in the U.K. capital as a “war zone,” just two months before he makes a controversial trip to London,
“I recently read a story that, in London, which has unbelievably tough gun laws, a once very prestigious hospital -- right in the middle -- is like a war zone for horrible stabbing wounds,” Trump said at the annual gathering of National Rifle Association in Dallas but did not identify the source of his information. The hospital, which he didn’t name, had “blood all over the floors” from knife crime, he said.
“They say it’s as bad as a military war-zone hospital,” Trump told the U.S. pro-gun rights’ group. “Knives, knives, knives. London hasn’t been used to that. They’re getting used to it. It’s pretty tough.”
Trump is to visit London on July 13. One of his trips to London in January was cancelled by him because, according to him, he had “canceled” a trip to formally open the new U.S. embassy in London because he thought the building was “a bad deal.”
According to the British media, the comments from Trump were probably based on an interview of Martin Griffiths, lead surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust in east London who had said earlier in April that treating injuries from knife and gun were once a “niche” part of his job but now he needs to devote a quarter of the workload in surgery to mend such wounds.
“Some of my military colleagues have described their practice here as similar to being at Bastion,” Griffiths told BBC Radio 4, referring to the former U.K. base in Afghanistan.
While accepting that knife violence is a serious threat, Trump’s comments were dismissed by Karim Brohi, a trauma surgeon at the Royal London Hospital and director of London’s major trauma system.
"There is more we can all do to combat this violence, but to suggest guns are part of the solution is ridiculous,” Brohi said in a statement released by NHS Barts Health. “Gunshot wounds are at least twice as lethal as knife injuries and more difficult to repair.”
There has bene public anger in the U.K. on Trump’s earlier comments including the one he had made on the government’s response to terrorist attacks and the ones where he criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan. He had also re-tweeted propaganda by a fringe far-right political group in the U.K. Trump had also criticized the National Health Service of the U.K. in February and said that it was “going broke and not working.”

Christopher J. Mitchell

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