When we fought for our independence, Great Britain was pretty great, in a manner of speaking. The British Empire spanned the globe and they were the most powerful nation on the planet. If they’d been open to at least working with the colonists, who knows what history would look like.
Yet, they didn’t, and now we’re a separate nation with our own laws.
I’m eternally grateful for that. The United States truly is the most amazing nation in the world, even with our faults. Why? Well, for one thing, we don’t have to deal with this nonsense.
Church leaders in the Diocese of Rochester have called for the government to enforce stricter rules on the sale of domestic knives.
They’ve written an open letter asking for a ban on the sale of pointed kitchen knives. The letter was also signed by leading crime experts, as well as MPs, and community leaders.
It comes after a conference called The Point in Chatham last week raised awareness of the issue, as statistics show that there has been an 80 per cent rise in knife crime in the UK since 2014.
The signatories have urged Government to “take urgent measures to promote the sale of safe kitchen knife designs and restrict those designs which have been used in so many acts of violence.”
The letter endorses research, highlighted at the conference, which explains that points on domestic knives are historic and no-longer necessary.
In other words, they want to ban all pointy objects.
It’s impossible to take them seriously as a country anymore. The idea that someone would call for a ban on pointy kitchen knives is too ridiculous, it’s like a bad Monty Python sketch.
Through all of this, the United Kingdom continues to double down on their initial mistake. They’re blaming the weapons and not the criminals.
Let’s say, hypothetically, that they do this. Let’s say Parliament bans pointy kitchen knives. What then?
Well, for one thing, it’s not necessarily that difficult to put a point back on a knife depending on its profile. Someone might need to heat-treat the blade again, depending on how they put a point back on it, but it can be done with little need for advanced expertise. Plus, knives can hurt with more than just the point. The edge is just as deadly and that’s the part that makes it, you know, a knife.
Meanwhile, the underlying cause of criminal activity remains. Now there are even fewer ways for the law-abiding British subject to defend themselves from such predators as all the weapons are in the hands of the bad guys. Nice job, you wankers.
If you focus on the criminality itself, focus on removing factors that may lead to such activity, you have the opportunity to nip it in the bud.
It doesn’t seem the British have a taste for that sort of thing, though. They’d much rather continue blaming the tools and not the tools using them. This is why they’re a shadow of their former glory and always will be.
It’s also why I refuse to give up my guns. It didn’t work in England, and it wouldn’t work here and I’ll be damned if I’m going to live in a world where people are trying to ban pointy objects.