Well They Skipped Banning Gnomes But..
Posted 27 May 2005 - 11:45 AM
Doctors' kitchen knives ban call
Doctors say knives are too pointed
A&E doctors are calling for a ban on long pointed kitchen knives to reduce deaths from stabbing.
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.
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.
The study found links between easy access to domestic knives and violent assault are long established.
French laws in the 17th century decreed that the tips of table and street knives be ground smooth.
A century later, forks and blunt-ended table knives were introduced in the UK in an effort to reduce injuries during arguments in public eating houses.
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."
Home Office spokesperson said there were already extensive restrictions in place to control the sale and possession of knives.
"The law already prohibits the possession of offensive weapons in a public place, and the possession of knives in public without good reason or lawful authority, with the exception of a folding pocket knife with a blade not exceeding three inches.
"Offensive weapons are defined as any weapon designed or adapted to cause injury, or intended by the person possessing them to do so.
"An individual has to demonstrate that he had good reason to possess a knife, for example for fishing, other sporting purposes or as part of his profession (e.g. a chef) in a public place.
"The manufacture, sale and importation of 17 bladed, pointed and other offensive weapons have been banned, in addition to flick knives and gravity knives."
A spokesperson for the Association of Chief Police Officers said: "ACPO supports any move to reduce the number of knife related incidents, however, it is important to consider the practicalities of enforcing such changes."
Posted 27 May 2005 - 08:18 PM
for the public to privately own!
Posted 27 May 2005 - 08:41 PM
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Posted 27 May 2005 - 11:55 PM
Have you guys ever seen the column, "This week's sign of the apocolypse" in Sports Illustrated? This is the kind of thing that makes me wonder where things are going...
Posted 28 May 2005 - 06:52 AM
Posted 28 May 2005 - 04:15 PM
in the future:
home owner sued over illegal rose bush in front of window.
a would be burglar is sueing the home owner after receiving several really nasty scratchs from said bush.
the bush is a non-registered plant that can grow thorns up to a 1/4(5mm) of an long. ot has been determended that these plants can spread blood born deseases.
the home owner could face life in prison.......
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Edited by p51, 30 May 2005 - 12:30 AM.
Posted 30 May 2005 - 08:24 AM
|QUOTE (p51 @ May 30 2005, 12:29 AM)|
|So where does it end. Will large rocks get banned some day?|
|"Offensive weapons are defined as any weapon designed or adapted to cause injury, or intended by the person possessing them to do so."|
They already are.......
Posted 30 May 2005 - 09:14 AM
i think with the right motivation, and if the situation demanded it, most people could make any object fit that description...
Posted 31 May 2005 - 04:14 PM
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Posted 03 June 2005 - 05:58 AM
4000 B.C.-clubs, spears, stabbing instruments
1500's A.D.-cannons and simple firearms
1920's U.S.A.-Tommyguns (the epitome of personal self-defense)
2005-baseball bats (clubs)
Posted 03 June 2005 - 11:18 AM