Friday, May 27, 2005

UK medical journal wants to ban long kitchen knives.

UK: I'm already stocking up on a supply of knives to sell on the black market.

Many assaults are impulsive, often triggered by alcohol or misuse of other drugs, and the long pointed kitchen knife is an easily available potentially lethal weapon particularly in the domestic setting. Government action to ban the sale of such knives would drastically reduce their availability over the course of a few years. In addition, such legislation would make it harder to justify carrying such knives and prosecution easier. The Home Office is looking for ways to reduce knife crime. We suggest that banning the sale of long pointed knives is a sensible and practical measure that would have this effect.
First knives, then they will come after sporks. This would fit the slippery slope argument to a tee, first they banned guns and just move down the list of things that can be used as weapons. via Volokh Conspiracy. Update: The BBC and Scotsman pick up on the editorial.

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