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Friday, May 27, 2005

Knives don't kill people, people kill people.

But knives do make it easier. According to the Guardian, some Brits are trying to do something about that!

Families whose loved ones have been stabbed to death launched an emotional appeal yesterday, urging Tony Blair to jail those who carry knives as weapons for at least five years...

The relatives are backing a campaign by the independent charity, Victims of Crime Trust. It claims that a child dies from stab wounds every two weeks in the UK and that knife killings outstrip fatal shootings by three to one.

"It's as quick and easy to kill with a knife as a gun. My son died with one stab wound to the chest. Knife crime should be treated the same as gun crime and the government should be doing a lot more."

According to the BBC though, many feel that banning the carrying of knives is not enough. ANY long knife, ANYWHERE, is a threat! Click here to read the article with the following excerpts:

The researchers say legislation to ban the sale of long pointed knives would be a key step in the fight against violent crime.

"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."

They don’t have baseball bats in England, but they do have Cricket bats. And they do have rope- twine- for now. Those are easily regulated and/or simply outlawed. In fact every potential weapon can, conceivably, be outlawed. But Brits also have bare fists, and there is the rub. Technology may provide a solution. Perhaps in 50 years Brits will be required to have their hands surgically altered so a man can neither beat nor strangle somebody to death. If they go far enough, fast enough, people throughout Britain will be allowed to have NO self-control whatsoever. It will be a sort of padded asylum where everybody runs around trying to bash one another’s heads in- forever foiled by the bumper car bumpers surgically implanted into their hip bones, and by the jelly injected into every sharp and/or hard part of their bodies.

Everyone will be safe! Then it will be time to regulate what people can say, as sticks and stones will no longer be allowed, and so will no longer break bones, but words could still hurt feelings. Maybe they will draft regulations saying you can't say bad things about people... oh wait... I think they've already started that.

For those of us who grew up reading Shakespeare modern day Bridget Jones Britain is such a disappointment. Sob!!!

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