Obviously, they need some common sense knife regulations
I'm an edged weapons collector and so I subscribe to a number of trade zines. I think I recall reading that it has ended, but for some period of time, there was a program in the UK in which citizens were encouraged to surrender weapons of any and all kinds. Apparently, they set up large secure containers on the streets in which the average Nigel
could deposit a weapon he no longer wished to keep. At least one of them (and probably all of them) was surfaced with a cheery poster that read, in part, "Only cowards carry knives!"
It had the UK knife community up in arms (no pun intended), and as I wrote, I believe the government modified the propaganda messaging being used. (If any of this is inaccurate, we can, I'm sure, count on izzy, centrox and perhaps even Walter to swoop in and correct me)
The message was/is, of course, ridiculously insulting. Unlike guns, knives actually have utilities beyond injuring or killing people and animals. The notion that someone carrying a knife for any possible use is a coward
is the sort of thing only a snowflake liberal man who wears footy pjs to bed could dream up.
If knives are increasingly being used in crimes in London, it's only a further demonstration of the ineffectual nature of weapon regulations as respects the criminal class.
It is illegal in London (and the rest of the UK) to carry a knife with a blade that is 3 inches or longer and/or which can be held in an open blade
position by means of a locking
The first bit makes some sense because while anyone with proper training could still kill someone with a knife that has a blade less than 3 inches in length, it would take precision and involve slicing more than stabbing. A person can bleed out pretty quickly if the right artery is cut, but again that takes skill and training. A fair number of deep lacerations that don't involve a major artery will still do the trick, but that would presume the wielder of the knife had sufficient, uninterrupted time to make the numerous cuts. Obviously not as lethal as a gun.
If people are being stabbed to death in London it is likely the killers are wielding larger knives than are legal to carry concealed. A bowie knife with a blade of 6 inches or longer would easily kill if the wielder was someone of at least average strength and not blind
. Now, of course, it is illegal to walk around London with such an edged weapon concealed on your body and probably just as illegal to walk around with one unconcealed
in your hand, but then criminals who are intent on robbing and/or killing people don't much care about government regulations...even in the UK!
The second bit of the regulation that prohibits the carrying of knives which have a blade locking mechanism makes no sense at all. The locking mechanism was included in pocketknife design for reason's of safety, not increased lethality. It prevents the blade from accidentally closing on the user's finger. What could possibly be the reasoning behind this regulation? Are they hoping the blade of a knife-wielding attacker will accidentally close and sever one of his fingers? Whatever it is, it can't be worth chucking away an important safety feature that would protect people who use knives on a daily basis for perfectly legal purposes.
I wonder if walking sticks have been outlawed in London. For a very long time, they were carried by British gentlemen for personal protection as much as anything else. I also happen to collect these and I can tell you that I have quite a few with heavy, solid brass grips that could easily crack someone's skull Do only cowards carry walking sticks?
You don't have to be a secret agent
to be able to seriously injure someone with any one of a great variety of articles commonly found around a home or office. The nature and intent of the person using a given instrument are far more important factors in whether or not someone is harmed by one that it's length or the manner in which it opens or closes.