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London Knife Laws Update

Just one short week ago I posted a note about the murder rate in London which I felt would be the impetus for new and even tougher knife laws.  This is one time I really hate to be right.  Take a moment to read the article in the Daily Wire.

I don’t profess to have any real knowledge of the legal system in the UK or the what the will of the the UK citizenry is regarding this crack down.  What I do know is this has the appearance of another politician bending to the will of an emotional demand that something be done in response to a horrible situation.  Logic be damned.

First the London Mayor bends to the will of the minority by earlier restricting the stop and frisk policy for fear of offending a minority group.  Now, he not only reverses this stance but tweets out:

Mayor of London

@MayorofLondon

 

No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife. Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law.

Seriously….”...there is never a reason to carry a knife.”  Lets extend that logic and cut down the number of deaths by drunk drivers and say ” there’s never a reason to be able to purchase, consume or possess more then a single 12 oz can of beer each day”.   And when we talk about stop and frisk laws being discriminatory, if it’s determined a rash of crimes are being committed by short, obese, red haired, older white men with a limp…. PROFILE THEM ALL!!

What should further scare the  entire UK populous is the following:  “The U.K. government is expected to introduce a ban on online knife sales and home knife deliveries, declare it “illegal to possess zombie knives and knuckledusters in private” — “zombie knives” are those defined as being manufactured for the purpose of being used as a person-to-person weapon..”

Does this proposal infer that you can possess a “zombie” knife in public but not in private?  And what in the hell defines a “person-to-person weapon”?  Fair warning to our British friends, that phrase “person-to-person weapon” is about as nebulous as the definition of an “assault rifle”.  It would seem to this simple mind that if the blade points away from me and toward you, that’s person to person.

Banning online knife sales and home deliveries is nothing short of amazing.   So if you live in the countryside and you want to buy your wife a new $10 bread knife from Switzerland, your only option will be to drive 20, 30, 40 miles to a store selling Swiss made bread knives.  I would further assume you’ll have to purchase some sort of secure carry case that can be closed, locked and placed in an area of the vehicle which isn’t readily accessible to the occupants of the vehicle.  And most probably apply for an import permit.

And while the pols are at it, why not pass some sort of licensing/permit requirement.  Maybe 8-10 hours of knife safety training.  Another 8-10 hours of legal counseling explaining the rights and limitations of knife ownership.  Further regulate how sharp you can keep your knives.  Possibly require a locked drawer in the kitchen where you store them.  Better yet, have some sort of central government storage facility to keep your larger kitchen knives secure and only release them to you for the holidays or special occasion under close monitoring.  And of course, regulate how many knives you can purchase each year.

I have absolutely no doubt the miscreants currently creating mayhem with knives will immediately comply with all elements of the new laws.  Beam me up Scotty, there’s no intelligent life down here.

While I make these comments tongue in cheek it’s not a laughing matter.  We saw a ban on switchblade knives in a knee jerk reaction to a Broadway play decades ago.  Today, we have the gang members of MS-13 gaining notoriety for using knives and machetes to murder and mutilate their victims.  I’ll predict it’s a matter of time and we’ll see tougher knife laws revisited in the US to “combat crime”.

This past week we heard about the city of Deerfield, IL, pass a law banning the sale or possession of the dreaded “assault weapon” and large capacity magazines within the city.  Failure to surrender said weapon will result in a $1000 per DAY fine.  My read of the law says that would include my old Remington .22 with a ‘fixed’ tube magazine that will hold around 12 rounds of 22 shorts.

And just about the time I’m getting my blood pressure under control, I read the headline about gun control fanatic New York Mayor DeBlasio’s top aide getting arrested for possession of a loaded handgun.  Any bets this “high level Deputy Director” gets to walk?  I’m sure it was just a ‘mistake’ and of course someone in her high level of responsibility is exempt from this type of prosecution.   People of wealth, power and position need not be concerned.

John, my friend…. good luck to you.  I’d encourage you to move to this side of the Atlantic but I’m afraid we’re on the same slippery slope here.

London to Surpass New York Murder Rate? By Knife?

An interesting article out of the UK is predicting that London could surpass the New York murder rate.  Not surprisingly, due to the very restrictive UK gun laws, the weapon of choice appears to be knives.  Since the first of the year 70% of the murders in London were the result of stabbings.

Apparently London has seen an increase in violent crime committed by youth similar to what we’ve seen happen in the US.  The weapon of choice in London appears to be a knife while in the US it’s a gun.  In the US we struggle with the debate for more gun control to magically lower the murder rate.  But looking at the statistics you quickly realize that people determined to commit murder and mayhem will get it done with whatever’s at hand.  Guns, knives, bombs, cars, baseball bats, golf clubs….fists.  Banning the tool/method doesn’t change the mind set of the evil.

The UK has relatively restrictive knife laws compared to the US.   It’s going to be interesting going forward to see if more restrictive laws are proposed in London (in particular) in an attempt to address the increase in stabbings.  Frankly I’ll be surprised if new laws aren’t proposed as that’s typically the easy way to address and emotional issue.  It’s the old adage, “we have to do something” to show we care.

I know there are a lot of ‘knife’ people in the US that don’t really care about gun laws and just don’t feel like they have a dog in that fight.  In fact, some don’t get concerned about new knife laws assuming they’re immune from increased pressure from the vocal minority for new laws. Too often the vocal minority is made up of those magical thinkers who believe there’s an easy path to world peace, unity and universal brotherly love through these new laws.  Good Luck.

Too many of us are either in denial or too damned lazy to write a letter or make a call to our legislators when issues are under consideration that could affect us.  Even more folks don’t pay attention to what’s going on around them.  Don’t let that happen to you.  Someday you’re going to wake up and ask what happened to my gun / knife / driving / privacy / constitutional rights.  A tip of my hat goes to the brave group of students in Florida that recently had a walkout to show support for the Second Amendment.

I belong to the NRA because I believe in their overall mission but just as importantly, to keep myself informed.  Through their email messages I’m kept current on new legislation being proposed at both a State and National level.  They provide contact information with these emails making it incredibly easy to contact the right people to express my opinion.

There are organizations that focus on knives such as The American Knife And Tool Institute.  Another is  Knife Rights.  Even if you don’t join one of these organizations, use them to stay informed.  Both have great websites and are a fantastic resource for all kinds of information.

It’s so easy to let the world slide by and convince yourself that your opinion doesn’t matter.  No one pays attention to the ‘little guy’.  If you don’t speak up, you’re right.  It becomes a self fulfilling prophecy that no one will pay attention to your silence.  Every time I hear the statistics that 90% of the population supports a new law, the first thing that comes to mind is they didn’t ask me.  The second thing is I’d like to see the actual questions and how they are phrased and in what context.  If a poll were held asking if I’d like all the money I could spend in my lifetime, the quick response would be yes!  If it meant I was going to die the next day, I’d probably rethink my answer.

The whole reason I decided to bring attention to the London crime stats is to encourage you to pay attention to the direction this takes the knife laws in the UK and potentially the rest of the world.  The world has gotten smaller and what happens half way around the world today isn’t as distant as it used to be.