Monday, September 30, 2019

Church leaders urge government to ban pointed kitchen knives

This is just getting more and more ridiculous as time moves on.  I think I even blogged about this unfolding story years ago.

Here's an article written way back in 2005.
A team from West Middlesex University Hospital said violent crime is on the increase - and kitchen knives are used in as many as half of all stabbings.

They argued many assaults are committed impulsively, prompted by alcohol and drugs, and a kitchen knife often makes an all too available weapon.

The research is published in the British Medical Journal.

The researchers said there was no reason for long pointed knives to be publicly available at all.

They consulted 10 top chefs from around the UK, and found such knives have little practical value in the kitchen.

None of the chefs felt such knives were essential, since the point of a short blade was just as useful when a sharp end was needed.

The researchers said a short pointed knife may cause a substantial superficial wound if used in an assault - but is unlikely to penetrate to inner organs.

Knife wound

Kitchen knives can inflict appalling wounds

In contrast, a pointed long blade pierces the body like "cutting into a ripe melon".

The use of knives is particularly worrying amongst adolescents, say the researchers, reporting that 24% of 16-year-olds have been shown to carry weapons, primarily knives.

And now the CHURCH is getting into the act.
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.
 I think these people just need to get a LIFE!

And as far as the Church goes, maybe if they went back to their roots and did evangilizing they just might be able to convince people to deal with each other in a civilizded manner.

And the whole idea that banning pointy knives will stop stabbings is just the most incredibly stupid and idiotic stance I've heard anyone take.  You can take any knife - pointy or no - and using a cheap grinder and Voila!  you have the point!!



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