We’ve noted this line of thinking in the once-Great Britain before, but now it’s a judge making stupid statements about knife control. Excerpt:
A judge has called for a drastic rethink on the way we use knives in kitchens in a bid to reduce the number of young men dying on our streets because of knife crime.
And he has come up with an idea for a scheme that could be rolled out across the UK where members of the public could take their kitchen knives to be ‘modified’ and the points ground down into rounded ends.
Here’s his line of thought, such as it is:
‘But why we do need 8′ or 10′ kitchen knives with points? Butchers and fishmongers do, but how often, if at all, does a domestic chef use the point of an 8′ or 10′ knife? Rarely, if at all,’ he said.
At the moment police forces hold ‘amnesties’ where bins are placed outside police station and members of the public can get rid of lethal weapons – no questions asked.
Judge Madge’s idea is for everyone to be able to take the knives from their kitchen drawers to centres where the points could be filed down.
‘I would urge all those with any role in relation to knives – manufacturers, shops, the police, local authorities, the government – to consider preventing the sale of long pointed knives, except in rare, defined, circumstances, and replacing such knives with rounded ends,’ he said.
He went on: ‘It might even be that the police could organise a programme whereby the owners of kitchen knives, which have been properly and lawfully bought for culinary purposes, could be taken somewhere to be modified, with the points being ground down into rounded ends,’ he said.
Oh, for the love of Pete. Brits used to have some balls; this was a nation that stood alone against Hitler for months until the Soviet Union and the United States entered World War 2. Now a British judge is whining about pointy kitchen knives, and in Scotland a man has been arrested for – I’m not kidding – brandishing a potato peeler.
The thinking here isn’t too different from that of American gun-grabbers, namely, blaming an inanimate object for the action of a person; effectively, blaming the sword for the hand that wields it. Anyone with any knowledge of cause analysis knows the first rule of that art is that the tool is never the cause. An action requires an actor. That’s something this judge doesn’t seem to get.
And I never, ever thought Monty Python would end up being a documentary.