London mayor under fire as city's murder rate surpasses New York

Teenage girl killed and boy injured in separate shootings in London

In February, 15 people were murdered in London versus 14 in New York City.

The Sunday Times reports that Federal Bureau of Investigation data and crime studies show that since 1800, London has typically had a murder rate per person of between half and a 20th of New York's.

A teenage girl shot in north London died cradled in her mother's arms, a woman who tried to save her has said.

The incidents follow a spike in violence in London in recent weeks which saw more murders committed in the capital in February and March than there were in NY.

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But Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has now vowed to increase "intelligence-led" stop- and-search and not to be cowed by political correctness.

"The Mayor is deeply concerned by violent crime in the capital - every life lost to violent crime is a tragedy", a spokeswoman for Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement on Tuesday.

She has formed a new 100-strong task force to combat violent crime with another 600 officers "raising awareness" in schools.

In the early 1990s, the New York Police Department (NYPD) rolled out its zero-tolerance approach to crime, deploying a significant number of police officers and conducting numerous preventative actions in high-crime areas to stomp out lawlessness, thereby improving the overall security environment in the city.

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Other crime statistics, including burglary, assaults, and sexual crimes, also place London far ahead of New York City.

By 1998, the number of murders had dropped to 629, with a slight uptick to 649 in 2001.

Scotland Yard has come under fire for the politically-driven reduction of its stop-and-search operations which has undermined law enforcement efforts to prevent the knife attacks plaguing London in recent years.

What makes this notable is that the weapon most often employed in these British murders is a knife. "We were in really bad shape in NY in the 1990s".

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"Our friends in the United Kingdom suffer under horribly restrictive gun laws, yet the murders in London reveal something anti-gunners everywhere refuse to acknowledge", said Alan Gottlieb, CCRKBA chairman in an email to Guns.com.

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