Donald Trump comments on London knife crime branded absurd and offensive by

Ben Kinsella was stabbed to death in 2008 A British hospital has condemned as “ridiculous” Donald Trump’s suggestion that gun ownership could help combat the menace of knife crime which led to a London emergency ward being compared to a “war zone”.The US President told the National Rifle Association convention in Dallas, Texas, that because the UK has “unbelievably tough gun laws” there was “blood all over the floors” from knife attacks in one of the capital’s hospitals.It appears Mr Trump was referring to comments made by Martin Griffiths, a surgeon at the Royal London Hospital, who said last month a ward resembled an Afghan war zone due to the number of victims of knife attacks.The surgeon took to Twitter yesterday to claim the president had missed the point, adding that he was “happy to invite Mr Trump to my prestigious hospital … to discuss our successes in violence reduction in London.”Professor Karim Brohi, trauma surgeon at The Royal London Hospital and director of London’s major trauma system, said the medical staff were proud of the “excellent trauma care” they provide, adding that it was “ridiculous” for the president to suggest guns could be part of the solution to knife crime.”The Royal London Hospital has cut the number of our young patients returning after further knife attacks from 45 per cent to 1 per cent,” he said in a statement. “There is more we can all do to combat this violence, but to suggest guns are part of the solution is ridiculous. “Clearly, I disagree strongly with the president’s sentiments,” he said. “We know violence breeds violence. Blood will lead to blood. Jay Whiston, from Clacton, who was stabbed at a party, believed to have got out of control after being advertised on Facebook However, Mrs Shearer agreed with the president that knife crime was out of control and hospitals and police were bearing the brunt of the crisis.“Our wards in our hospitals are not just seeing two or three stabbings a night. They are seeing many, many more. It is so out of hand.”Lynne Booker, who son Terry, 19, was stabbed to death in 2000, said she disagreed with the Mr Trump’s suggestion that guns could be part of the solution to the menace of knife crime.”We are trying to get dangerous weapons off the streets, not put more on with guns,” she said. Patrick Green, chief executive of The Ben Kinsella Trust, an organisation set up to tackle knife crime after schoolboy Ben Kinsella was murdered in 2008, said the president’s suggestion that escalating the weaponry would help tackle knife crime was “absurd”. “We have enough of a problem with knife crime,” she said. “We don’t need a new problem with gun crime. That’s the last thing we need. We have got enough nutcases running around with knives. Can you imagine what it would be like if they had guns?“We must not go down that route otherwise we are heading for even more of a disaster.” Ben Kinsella was stabbed to death in 2008Credit:PA The backlash continued as parents of children murdered on UK condemned the American President for implying that the right to bear arms could tackle gang violence.Bhupinder Iffat Rizvi, whose 20 year old daughter, Sabina, was shot dead in Kent in 2003 after being caught up in a dispute about a car, said she was “horrified and offended” by Mr Trump’s comments.“I found his speech very, very offensive,” she said. “Since he made it I’ve had calls from other mother and fathers affected by knife and gun crime.“Mr Trump may be a businessman, and the US does see guns as big business and money is important to them, but we are mothers and have lost our children to violence.“Is he really suggesting we should legalise guns? I couldn’t believe it. Is he really saying people should pick up a gun and go and shoot someone they are in dispute with, and they can try to shoot you back?“He needs to look at his own hometowns where young people are standing up against gun ownership. They don’t want to be put in a situation where they are being shot at in schools.” “Gunshot wounds are at least twice as lethal as knife injuries and more difficult to repair.” Jay Whiston, from Clacton, who was stabbed at a party, believed to have got out of control after being advertised on FacebookCredit:PA Scotland Yard has launched 55 investigations into suspected murders in 2018. At least 35 of of those victims were stabbed to death. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Caroline Shearer, from Essex who set up Only Cowards Carry after her son Jay Whiston, 17, was murdered at a Colchester house party in September 2012, said that the last thing Britain needed was to follow America’s example where “nutcases” carry guns. “The president in my opinion has missed the point in what we are trying to do in the UK. We need to tackle knife crime by stopping young people carrying knives in the first place.”Therefore if you go around with a gun ready to shoot someone you believe is about to do you harm you will only increase the crime rate. The crime and murder rate in the US speak for themselves.“We need to go in completely the opposite direction. We know the answer to London’s knife crime problem is to stop young people carrying knives in the first place. If we do that then everything else falls into place. There will be less demand on hospitals. The police will be under less pressure. That’s the critical first step.”Mr Trump spoke to Theresa May by telephone on Saturday but the pair did not discuss his knife crime comments.In a statement the White House said they had discussed a range of issues including trade, the upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the Iran nuclear deal.The statement added: “Both leaders reiterated they are looking forward to the President’s visit to the United Kingdom in July.”