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Once upon a time, the British Empire was the bada** of the world. It could go where it wanted and do pretty much whatever it wanted. While the British Empire is often vilified by historians for what it did, at the time, it was somewhat restrained compared to many nations with its colonial holdings.
Over the last few decades, though, something happened. Now, the country is a caricature. There’s remarkably little I can take seriously about the nation anymore.
The latest example of how far the UK has fallen? It’s handing out blunted knives to the victims of domestic abuse to reduce stabbings.
Victims of domestic violence will have their kitchen knives replaced with blunt utensils to prevent their partners attacking them in their own home.
Nottinghamshire Police are piloting the scheme where around 100 ‘no point’ knives will be handed to victims who have either been threatened or attacked with a knife.
Police are concerned about the high level of knife-related incidents that happen in the home, and are hoping the new scheme has the potential to save lives.
Domestic violence knife crime makes up more than 17 percent of incidents reported to Nottinghamshire Police.
In 2018/19, out of 900 reports of knife crime, 159 were related to domestic violence.
Superintendent Matt McFarlane, the new knife crime strategy manager for Nottinghamshire Police, who is overseeing the scheme, said: “We do see a fair amount of knife related incidents in domestic abuse not just on the streets.
I mean, it’s almost like banning guns did nothing to reduce violence. Who would have thought?
Oh, wait, I did. So did a ton of other people.
Instead, bad people shifted over to a different tool to commit acts of violence. Now the British police are pushing these “knives” onto people to use instead. All I see are the scissors we buy for little children to use at school.
Then again, the UK is now a full-on Nanny State who treats its citizens like children, so that’s oddly appropriate.
More importantly, this illustrates that crime doesn’t go away if you somehow eliminate guns. England has every advantage when it comes to gun control. It’s an island, its neighbors having ridiculously strict gun control, and it has population used to a higher degree of being ruled than America.
Though they banned guns, what they didn’t do was change the hearts of evil men. The violent are still violent. The difference is that now people can’t defend themselves.
These knives are another example of that. While abusive spouses can’t stab their partners, neither can the partners use a kitchen knife for self-defense.
Then again, it’s not like this is a nation that believes in self-defense anymore.
The Castle Doctrine here in the United States was based on English Common Law, the idea that every man’s home was his castle, and he had a right to protect it. We still hold this dear to our hearts in most places, but not in England. Not anymore.
Instead, they give “knives”–I refuse to call these things actual knives–to people and pat themselves on the back for a job well done.
And to think, there are people in this country who want us to be more like them.