Britain is being plagued by Acid Violence, so it’s time for Acid Control laws. From the Daily Mail:
… Comes as ministers propose tough laws on buying acid after recent crime wave
On Thursday night there were five attacks across London in a 72-minute spree …
By Chris Greenwood and George Odling For The Daily Mail
PUBLISHED: 04:21 EDT, 15 July 2017
New rules on corrosive substances are being considered by the Government after demands for new legislation to tackle the acid attack menace.
… Campaigners want to see it made harder to purchase potentially deadly chemicals.
But they have already been warned it is virtually impossible to completely block them as they have many common uses, especially as drain cleaners….
Experts say acid is becoming the weapon of choice for many criminals, say experts.
This is because while attacking someone with a corrosive substance is illegal, it is not illegal to carry.
Caustic fluid such as sulphuric acid or drain cleaner can be bought online in or in shops for as little as £7 or £8 a litre, and there is no age restriction on its purchase. …
Executive director of the Acid Survivors Trust, Jaf Shah, said carrying acid in public should carry the same penalty as possessing a knife after the number of similar incidents had ‘effectively doubled’ in the UK over three years.
… Recorded numbers of acid attacks in Britain are now higher than in countries such as Colombia, India and Pakistan. …
The number of assaults involving corrosive substances has risen by more than 30 per cent in the last two years. …
There have been more than 1,800 reports of acid used in murders, robberies and rapes since 2010 and the frequency of attacks is increasing. … Last year there were 454 crimes in London in which a corrosive was used or used as a threat, compared to 261 in 2015, according to the Met.
Almost a third of these were carried out in the east London borough of Newham.
Newham, five miles east of St. Paul’s Cathedral in City of London, is the site of the 2012 Olympic Stadium. Diversity is Newham’s strength:
16.7% White British
0.7% White Irish
0.2% White Gypsy or Irish Traveller
11.4% Other White
1.3% White & Black Caribbean
1.1% White & Black African
0.9% White & Asian
1.3% Other Mixed
6.5% Other Asian
12.3% Black African
4.9% Black Caribbean
2.4% Other Black