Brits Wanted To Ban Sharp Pointy Things

Back in 2005:

A&E doctors are calling for a ban on long pointed kitchen knives to reduce deaths from stabbing.

A team from West Middlesex University Hospital said violent crime is on the increase – and kitchen knives are used in as many as half of all stabbings.

They argued many assaults are committed impulsively, prompted by alcohol and drugs, and a kitchen knife often makes an all too available weapon.

The research is published in the British Medical Journal.

The researchers said there was no reason for long pointed knives to be publicly available at all.

They consulted 10 top chefs from around the UK, and found such knives have little practical value in the kitchen.

None of the chefs felt such knives were essential, since the point of a short blade was just as useful when a sharp end was needed.

Well, it is working so well with guns and violent crime:

Britain’s violent crime record is worse than any other country in the European union, it has been revealed.

Official crime figures show the UK also has a worse rate for all types of violence than the U.S. and even South Africa – widely considered one of the world’s most dangerous countries.

The figures comes on the day new Home Secretary Alan Johnson makes his first major speech on crime, promising to be tough on loutish behaviour.

The Tories said Labour had presided over a decade of spiralling violence.

In the decade following the party’s election in 1997, the number of recorded violent attacks soared by 77 per cent to 1.158million – or more than two every minute.

The figures, compiled from reports released by the European Commission and United Nations, also show:

  • The UK has the second highest overall crime rate in the EU.
  • It has a higher homicide rate than most of our western European neighbours, including France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
  • The UK has the fifth highest robbery rate in the EU.
  • It has the fourth highest burglary rate and the highest absolute number of burglaries in the EU, with double the number of offences than recorded in Germany and France.

But it is the naming of Britain as the most violent country in the EU that is most shocking. The analysis is based on the number of crimes per 100,000 residents.

In the UK, there are 2,034 offences per 100,000 people, way ahead of second-placed Austria with a rate of 1,677.

The U.S. has a violence rate of 466 crimes per 100,000 residents, Canada 935, Australia 92 and South Africa 1,609.

Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling said: ‘This is a damning indictment of this government’s comprehensive failure over more than a decade to tackle the deep rooted social problems in our society, and the knock on effect on crime and anti-social behaviour.

Over at the Daily Beast, I posted this in response to yet another moronic libtard anti-gun missive:

What is it about my legal ownership of guns that frightens you so?  What is it about my enjoyment of shooting as a sport that is so unsettling to you? The attempt to tie legal, law abiding gun owners to gruesome tragedies like Newtown and Columbine is a non sequitur, an attempt to make correlation a causation.

Your anger would be more accurately placed in banning of insanity and mental illness because that is the real root cause of these horrific acts…or you can be like the Brits and continue to deal with the symptoms – by now moving to ban chef’s knives to stop impulsive stabbings.

This kind of indicates that it isn’t the deadliness of the tool that is the issue, it is the intent or the lack of sanity of the human wielding it.

It also has the side benefit of showing how ridiculous the arguments of you anti-gun zealots are.

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4 thoughts on “Brits Wanted To Ban Sharp Pointy Things

  1. Next comes anything that can be used as a cord, blunt objects, round throwable objects, soft objects, and basically anything you can possibly imagine that can and would be weaponized.

    Soon, even the shirt on your very back will be banned.

    Yeah, that’s the answer to nudists have been waiting for.

  2. These restrictive laws about smaller and smaller details of life will never make us safer. When will they address the root cause? People are growing more frustrated with life and this comes out in more and more violence. The tighter we are controlled, the more pressure builds up. Stop the socialism and return to capitalism. Prosperity will bring the change we really want. Let our culture come back!

    • @drketedc: when we lose faith in morality and God, we lose the very internal self-controls that individual liberty is built upon and then we turn to legislation. We cannot legislate a morality that doesn’t exist internally. Laws do not stop law breakers, if they did, there would be no more murders because murder is illegal – and yet the mass majority of society does not go out and indiscriminately kill.

      I’m always reminded of the conversation in Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. This exchange between Hank Rearden and Dr. Floyd Ferris, Ph.D., the Associate Director of the State Science Institute explains the situation you describe.

      Hank Rearden is the sole owner of Rearden Steel. He had developed a new steel formulation – Rearden Metal – that was cheaper, lighter and stronger than any other formulation. Needless to say, the market saw the value of this material and his business was growing by leaps and bounds. The government didn’t like it and created legislation to “protect” ore producers and other steel companies from Rearden’s success. They required by law that all steel producers had to receive an equal share of ore, thereby restricting Rearden’s ability to produce.

      Rearden would not accept that restriction and broke the law by cutting deals with less reputable mine owners to keep supplying him the ore to meet his demand – eventually, one of the mine owners needed a governmental favor and in payment for that favor, turned Rearden in, leading to this exchange between Rearden and Dr. Ferris:

      “Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against—then you’ll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. We’re after power and we mean it.

      You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you’d better get wise to it. There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted—and you create a nation of law-breakers—and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Rearden, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”

      • That passage gives me chills. I have always been a sort of law and order person, not breaking laws for the heck of it. In fact, I am crap at team sports because I can’t figure out which are the rules meant to be broken. This attitude makes me feel very anxious. I see it happening for real.

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