Thursday, June 09, 2005


In the land of the disarmed bobbies, the busybodies never rest:
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. ...

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.
Obviously, those do-gooders have never seen Samantha Caine working in the kitchen in one of my favorite films, The Long Kiss Goodnight. This story was spotted by Ahistoricality, who also pointed out the inevitable harms across the sea:
Think lawsuits: now that the idea that knives could be made safer is out there, every knife wound is a product liability lawsuit waiting to happen. I give it three years, on the outside....
But won't someone please think of the sports fans? What about that lefty scourge Molly Ivins? She once claimed to support gun control only because she really likes knife fights. If points are outlawed, those won't be nearly as colorful, or as quick. It takes a long time to bruise someone to death with a blunt object.

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