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May 30th, 2014 06:28 PM
Good Grief! We've joked about but now, alas, it's come true. Police in Clacton, England, have launched a 'knife amnesty' to "reduce the number of weapons on the streets". (Knife amnesty trial launched in Clacton)
I suppose Richard Martinez and others of his ilk will think this is actually a good idea. I wonder, though, if they aren't just going to get a lot of kitchen knives. At least the Clacton police are smart enough to NOT offer cash rewards.
It is one of a number of steps being taken in the Tendring area to address a rise in knife crime in the district over the last year from 153 to 188 offences.
And of course there's an organization dedicated to banning knives - "Only Cowards Carry":
Ms. Shearer then gushes about how the police are keeping the streets safer:
Caroline Shearer said: "Only Cowards Carry have worked very hard to get an amnesty bin in Clacton over the last year. This is due to the amount of knives we have had handed into our shop and the amount of bladed incidents that have occurred in Clacton and the Tendring area.
SCREEEECH! Wait a minute! The knife amnesty is being launched due to a RISE in knife crime in the previous year!
"I would also like to thank Chief Inspector Cat Barrie and her team in helping us to fulfil one of our goals in helping to keep our streets safer.”
Cogito, ergo armatum sum. I think, therefore I am armed. (Don Mann, The Modern Day Gunslinger; the ultimate handgun training manual)
June 4th, 2014 04:49 PM
I facepalmed. She's like the british Shannon Watts.
June 4th, 2014 05:11 PM
So let me get this straight, you can drop off your knife at the local police box and that is supposed to deter knife crime? Uhh, how?
Setting aside the fact that every household in the civilized world has kitchen cutlery thereby making knives available until such time as they force people to liquify all food; I somehow doubt that those willing to turn in their knives, with no remuneration, are the ones really causing knife crime, unless it is common practice in England to discard unused knives on the street.
Is this what happens to people and countries exposed to monarchy's?
June 4th, 2014 06:08 PM
Since we had to supply them with firearms during WWII under the "Lend - Lease" agreement.....one would think they would have learned something?
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June 4th, 2014 06:16 PM
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June 4th, 2014 06:48 PM
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June 8th, 2014 09:12 PM
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June 9th, 2014 12:00 AM
I bet they are already seeing a rreduction in knife crimes, since we know all the criminals are turning in their knives.
Of course, I think they are going to see a surge in the sale of cricket bats!
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June 9th, 2014 12:02 AM
Here's what kitchen knives are coming to in UK
This is certainly not the Britain that once ruled a significant portion of the world.
The only common sense gun legislation was written about 224 years ago.
I carry always not because I go places trouble is likely, but because trouble has a habit of not staying in its assigned zone.
June 9th, 2014 12:09 AM
A basic knife is a fairly simple weapon to manufacture from available materials, banning them is fairly pointless. Not even prisons can keep knives from criminals.
June 9th, 2014 12:46 AM
In order to avoid 'Hammer Amnesty Day,' the Brits are waging a Hammer Buyback (mostly in the bad parts of big cities). Apparently you can £10 for one of those scary plastic kids hammer. I've heard that an ex-Con has a slightly used rock hammer that he plans on cashing in on. Oh well.
Of course this is a joke... for now at least. Let's check back in a year or two.
June 9th, 2014 01:25 AM
Steak knives will soon be sold on the black market so they can eat. Oh man, now knives are being banned. Next it will be the terrible fork. And oh don't forget the vicious spoon.
Heaven forbid they try to start selling chop sticks. You can put your eye out with that.
I'm going to bed, maybe when I wake up this will just be a bad dream.
June 9th, 2014 01:30 AM
"As part of the amnesty we will also be taking a zero tolerance approach to anyone found to be illegally in possession of a knife on the streets.
"We will be developing intelligence on any locations where knife crime is likely to occur and carrying out stop and search operations in those areas.
"We are also engaging with schools, volunteer groups and charities to tell young people about the dangers of knives and the risks involved in carrying one.”
Why the people of the UK choose to live as subjects is beyond me. It was once a great nation. Let us ensure we are not on the same path.
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June 9th, 2014 06:10 AM
Stuff like this is why I got out and moved back to America as soon as I was able to.