The Nanny State's Work Is Never Done
This reminds me of a story from 2005, where British doctors called for a ban on sharp kitchen knives because they are used in nearly half of the stabbings that occur there. If there is a call to get rid of sharp knives and now glasses in the pub, what’s next?
The following is a list of anything that can be used as a weapon during violent crime. Which will be banned next?
- Pillows (can be used to suffocate someone)
- Rocks (can be used to bash in someone’s head)
- Ropes (can be used to strangle someone)
- Telephone cords (see ropes)
- Kitchen twine (see ropes)
- Gift-wrap ribbon (see ropes)
- Scarves (see ropes)
- Scissors (can be used to stab someone)
- Plastic bags (see pillows)
- Hammers (see rocks)
- Common household cleansers (can be used to poison someone)
- Electric appliances (you can electrocute someone by dropping one into the tub)
- Cliffs (you can push someone off)
- Fat (can be used to conceal weapons)
- Cars (can either run someone over or kill someone inside during a crash)
- Water (anyone can drown in a pool or even in a toilet if held down)
- Human hands (can be used to punch or strangle someone or wield any of the dangerous weapons listed above)
I could go on, but you get the point.
In the UK, “the total number of violent offenses recorded compared to population is higher than any other country in Europe, as well as America, Canada, Australia, and South Africa.” If their stringent ban of handguns didn’t make a difference in the rate of violent crime, I rather doubt plastic pub glasses will make much difference either.
Man is imperfect. And being imperfect, sometimes people have violent urges -- from impulsive acts due to immediate circumstances to psychopathic problems to whatever the reason. You might as well ban humanity all together.
Darn, I hope I didn’t give the Home Office any bright ideas -- or New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg or President Obama, for that matter.