British doctors reject Trump's 'war zone' comments on London crime

Donald Trump compares London hospital to'warzone because of knife crime

Donald Trump compares London hospital to'warzone because of knife crime

"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 frightful stabbing wounds", Mr Trump told the annual gathering of the National Rifle Association (NRA) in Dallas last Friday without identifying the source of his information.

Pretending to stab someone, the 71-year-old continued: "They say it's as bad as a military warzone hospital".

Prof Brohi, who is also a trauma surgeon at the Royal London, is clinical director of the London Major Trauma System Directorate.

And though he didn't mention any specific London hospitals by name, Trump did say that in some hospitals it's like a "war zone" from all of the knife attacks.

"To suggest guns are part of the solution is ridiculous".

"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 frightful stabbing wounds", he said.

The President's latest comments add fire to the verbal derision that has stoked public anger in Britain after he lambasted the government's response to terrorist attacks, criticised London Mayor Sadiq Khan and re-tweeted propaganda by a fringe far-right United Kingdom political group. A trauma specialist from the Royal London hospital hit back by pointing out that people are twice as likely to die from gunshot wounds as knife injuries.

While 52 people were killed in London in the first 100 days of 2018 and murders rose from 101 to 153 in the year end March 2018, the magnitude of violent crime is well below that of the US.

Cowboys TE Jason Witten to retire after 15 seasons
On Wednesday, executive vice president Stephen Jones said there was no timeline on when Witten would make a decision. As it stands, Witten is the franchise leader in games played (239), receptions (1,152) and receiving yards (12,448).

Dr Griffiths said: "Some of my military colleagues have described their practice here as being similar to being at [Helmand province's former Camp] Bastion". They're getting used to that. Thirty-one of the 47 murders committed in London this year, as of early April, used knives, Reuters reported.

At least 38 people in London have lost their lives to knife crime so far this year, the Met confirmed.

Dr. Karim Brohi, another Royal London surgeon, said that while it is true that there is knife violence in London which must be addressed "urgently and at all levels", no potential solution involves the use of guns.

She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "It's just politically convenient, in a speech to the gun rights lobby, to try and make those comparisons and they are totally spurious".

Trump has criticized London's Metropolitan Police and Mayor Sadiq Khan, a Muslim, on several occasions.

Trump's provocative comments are expected to increase concerns about his planned first presidential visit to Britain on July 13.

"If he needs reassurance, Donald Trump is going to be much safer in London than he would be at home", she said.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.