Is This a Joke? British Police Push for Ban on Pointy Knives

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Among second amendment advocates, it’s been frequently argued that any effort to control the sale and use of firearms, even if it sounds reasonable, will lead us down a slippery slope towards all out gun control. Efforts to limit magazine capacities and register firearms are just the first steps toward banning and confiscating all guns. And it won’t end there, of course. Before you know it, the nanny state will start banning knives and kitchen cutlery! What a joke.

Except it’s not a joke anymore. You only need to take a look at the headlines in Britain to witness the absurdity of “knife control” at its best.

The new “Save a Life – Surrender Your Knife” program is in full swing and police are telling us that they have joined forces with an already growing trend in the United Kingdom to ban “pointy” knives.

Lancashire Police tell us that an “amnesty” program began at the end of August, and “more than 800 knives have been handed in across the county – including swords, machetes and commando knives.”

“The amnesty was extended for a further week owing to its success,” Lancashire Police representatives explained.

The Lancashire department explains that their “officers have now given their backing to a national initiative designed to raise awareness of knife crime and encourage the surrender of dangerous weapons.”

In spite of the amnesty ending this week, police tell us that “people can continue to hand in any knife at any police station with a front counter as well being able to drop them into the designated bins.”

In the United States, the gun buyback program is a classic example of a nanny state successfully cowing members of the population into giving up their weapons. Only a completely lobotomized population would stand in line all day for the “privilege” of being disarmed by the local police. Never in my wildest dreams would I have guessed that someday, a similar program would be used to collect knives as well.

Unfortunately, the absurdity of the situation doesn’t end there.

“We’ve been delighted with the response so far, but our communities have told us that they want an end to knife crime and that they want to work with us to make that happen.”

A call from the British Medical Journal was published several years ago, arguing that “many assaults are committed impulsively, prompted by alcohol and drugs, and a kitchen knife often makes an all too available weapon,” according to the BBC.

Knife crime? Is that what they’re calling it? You can’t just refer to it as a violent crime, or a crime of passion. Apparently knives are special and scary. I had no idea that there was such a big difference between being murdered with a knife and being murdered with a cricket bat, or a crowbar.

What if in another 20 years, they’re asking you to turn in all blunt object that are capable of bludgeoning someone? After that they’ll ask you to turn in your shoelaces so you don’t hang yourself. I imagine most people wouldn’t want to live in a world where literally everything can be dangerous, therefore, everything is illegal.

If you think I’m exaggerating, take a look at the facebook page for the Lancashire Police Department. They subtly hint at their true intentions.

While projects encouraging the surrender of knives are not a single solution to violence, they have an important role to play in inspiring communities to get behind education and preventative measures.

You can’t laugh about it. It’s not a joke anymore. There is no longer any limit to what can be controlled and regulated. Most people would have laughed hysterically if you told them there would be calls for knife control someday. And not just butterfly knives and switchblades, but apparently, anything that is “pointy”.

Researchers “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.”

I just… I don’t know what to say. Should I laugh or should I cry?

Ok Britain, we need to talk. Let’s call it an intervention. I know Americans aren’t perfect, and sometimes people from other countries with different perspectives can look at our culture and tell us “hey, what you’re doing there is pretty bad”. The rampant prescription drug abuse, the overflowing prisons, the income inequality… all that stuff. We certainly have problems, and sometimes it takes someone from the outside to look at it and tell us how bad it is.

But in this case, I think we know what we’re talking about. You’ve got a serious problem. You’re no longer trying to make people safer. You’re building a prison around them, and you’re out of control. Once you ran out of guns to confiscate, you started taking away the cutlery. Are you insane? Do you have some impulsive desire to be disarmed? Do your people feel the need to embrace weakness and collectivism?

Whatever it is, I hope you find help soon. Because as an American looking at this from the outside, you look and sound completely mad.

I know there’s still a lot of awesome freedom loving Brits out there. If you’re reading this, tell us what you think in the comments

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  • MrApple

    Subjects of the once mighty British Empire, where the sun never fully set, are reduced to a blunt butterknife for use and protection. Truly sad.

    • I remember the London riots a few years back. Sporting goods stored sold out of baseball bats and there was a run on anything resembling a club. Pathetic.

      • MrApple

        Also don’t forget that British Amazon put a hold on selling ANYTHING that might be used in defense.

      • Nat King Cole

        They will ban clubs before long

        • I’d love to see that… the Ministry of Large Sticks?

          • Cathy Young

            I wonder what song Eric Idle will write for that lol

    • Nat King Cole

      They will in short time pay dearly for their inability to defend themselves.

    • will

      ‘they’ can ban what they want , doesn’t stop you having one though, who cares what ‘they’ ban. . .

      • Hard to practice with/carry your chosen weapon if it cant be seen in public though. That’s why they are trying to socially malign firearms here in the states. Chicago’s ban on shooting ranges is a good example. Curious, is it true that as long as what you’re carrying for defense can be explained with another legitimate purpose, it gets some leeway? (big MagLight flashlights for example..)

  • as pathetic as the US is becoming, we can always take solace in the fact the British are even more emasculated than we are.
    Not that that’s much comfort…

    • Smarty

      And remember….it always starts there first, and then the criminals try it out on us once it’s been tested. It’s time to take this place back, my friends….

    • patriot156

      not now! it wont be since this is getting air time it will come here as well mark my words.

    • will

      you gotta be kidding, our crappy government follows your lead. . .we are years behind you in control of anything, your cops are off their heads n you got the dumbest people on the planet in the TSA.

      • Socialized healthcare, heavy domestic surveillance, fully implemented gun ban, and a “political class” over the common The UK had them LONG before the us. Not all of our cops are off their heads, despite what you see on tv (which by the way is taxed in your country?)

        • will

          your hilarious, social healthcare-good . .domestic surveillance-not round here?. . . gun ban-no, even kids can get a shotgun legally here. . .taxed tv- I dont pay a tax or have a permit for a tv ?. . .where the hell do you get your info from, ha, that isn’t England you’ve described.

          • social healthcare-good (yeah if you say so.)
            domestic surveillance-not round here (starting in the 90’s with all the CCTV installs and continuing into todays electronic surveillance, you guys have always been ok with sacrificing privacy for the “greater good” of security, long before we did)

            gun ban-no, even kids can get a shotgun legally here
            ( long as you don’t mind your political class keeping track so the peons don’t get uppity, If its got a capacity of 3 or less, you have registered it on a Shotgun Certificate, only use it with small game shot unless you get your FAC granted etc, you can have one. Making things prohibitively difficult to own for your average person is effectively banning them. Lets not even get into semi-auto centirfire rifles, handguns etc. where does the Great Brittan Olympic pistol squad train..? anywhere but GB cause their guns are banned.)

          • Lets look at it this way, you and I both evidently have some misconceptions about each others countries.

  • jim_robert

    Pointy pens and pencils are next, followed by pointy noses.

    And then there is this: “On the wall outside his former residence – flat number 27B – where Orwell lived until his death in 1950, an historical plaque commemorates the anti-authoritarian author. And within 200 yards of the flat, there are 32 CCTV cameras, scanning
    every move. Orwell’s view of the tree-filled gardens outside the flat is under 24-hour surveillance from two cameras perched on traffic lights. The flat’s rear windows are constantly viewed from two more security cameras outside a conference centre in Canonbury Place. In a lane, just off the square, close to Orwell’s favourite pub, the Compton Arms, a camera at the rear of a car dealership records every person entering or leaving the pub. Within a 200-yard radius of the flat, there are another 28 CCTV cameras, together with
    hundreds of private, remote-controlled security cameras used to scrutinise visitors to homes, shops and offices.”

    And who says the leftist/nanny state/national socialist types don’t have a sense of irony!! J (Actually, they probably don’t – they just d-o-n-t g-e-t i-t)

    • “Pointy pens and pencils are next, followed by pointy noses.”
      and yeah we all know where THATS going to end….

    • patriot156

      naw thye know they get it they aren’t as stupid as we think they know!

    • Mark

      “Pointy pens and pencils are next, followed by pointy noses.”

      Read California’s dirk and dagger prohibition. Notice the all encompassing “…or readily adaptable…” phrase. California beat the UK to such tyranny by decades.

  • Musashi5000

    Men of the West??

    What a pitiful creature the European and his distant cousins have become.

  • tophand62

    You know…..If you tried to make sh*t up you couldn’t come up with something as dumb as this…


    Next they’ll be coming for Granny’s knitting needles. Oh the horror of something pointy!

    We call this type of behaviour — of taking away sharp pointy things so children can accidentally hurt themselves — “childproofing” and it’s a quite fitting description of what’s transpiring in England.

  • Law abiding citizen

    These Khazarian Zionist filth will stop at nothing until this world is completely under their thumb. Research the Khazars and you will find the tyranny and destruction they have left in their wake. Find out who they are now and their plans for YOUR future.
    What’s the harm of doing a little reading? Time well spent IMO.

  • 1johnconnor1

    Answer: tactical pen
    While I hVe the floor, how’s about we ban Islam, religion of violence and death if u f ing idiots are si worried about death and destruction. Retards

    • ccc

      Yes, what about banning religion?

      • knotjammin2

        Hey Mohammed!!! Go troll someplace else!!

  • Rainwaterrunningdog

    My parents, one from England the other from Australia, moved to America and started a business. There was NO welfare, medical, school lunch and all the rest we are currently being financially sucked out to pay for now days. I was legally born here and in addition spent time with my grandparents in England. There are “old time” historical enrichment in the past. Great achievements however the moment the socialism/dole/someone else pays for your retirement happened the unfortunate disease of “I am no have a spin, therefore a full a pussy” has taken the entire culture. Not a great country to be during the collapse. There is minimal ideology of “self sufficiency”. Good luck.

    • will

      “I am no have a spin, therefore a full a pussy” what the hell does this mean ?

  • Smarty

    European = you’re a peon. I can’t even comprehend the level of sheepism one must obtain to VOLUNTARILY turn in your knives. Natural news ran an article stating that 40% of the population is actually infected with the “stupid virus” (not joking). See the article: It would appear that in the UK, it’s at epidemic levels…there really is no other explanation….

    • will

      dunno what your on about, it aint the England I know n live in

      • Nat King Cole

        Bobby Sands was a true hero!

        • will

          haha, he was Irish , n we locked the wanker up, nuff said, what was your point again?

  • Joe Lizak

    They must have banned toothbrushes too. Most chaps have yellow and green teeth.

  • Whistler

    Over here , knives = weapon of choice. Fuck with anyone and you end up like Ceasar

    Its not that firearms are not available – shotguns are available over the counter – Baikal 9mm converted stater pistols – £400 on the street.

    Its not about villians or mind control – Our kids are feral

    Imagine how bad your inner city nieghbourhoods would be if the crackheads knew you didn’t own a gun.

  • patriot156

    then stop giving it ammo damn.
    ya we should know but still look at all the damage it does. this will come here for sure now! because you made this a issue. Look at how fast the GOv shutt down the 3d printer web site for plastice gun molds and such. I kept saying stfu you will get snitched on but that was the intent wasn’t it?

  • ccc

    Communism have nothing to do with taking your weapon away.

    It is your king and queen that don’t like you having weapon, so they can suppress your present better.

    Communism is long gone, now it is capitalism that is doing the good work of suppression as always.

    You are suppressed to work for greedy boss that care about nothing.

    • capitalism isnt an evil, and I’d gladly take opportunity over communism (which is alive and well by the way and you’re a fool if you think otherwise.). the problem is power. Once people have enough of it, they seek to keep and solidify their positions.

      • PJ London

        Well done Boxer.
        Remember Napoleon is always right, you must work harder and “Knackers” is the name of the retirement home that they have reserved for you.

    • Communism is still alive in some countries. Cuba, North Korea, and in some ways China even though they are trying to get away from it. I am sure that there are countries that I have not named that are communist.

      • Wayne Myers

        Cuba is not communist. It was ruled by Fidel Castro for many decades and is now ruled by his brother. Might as well call it what it is: a budding monarchy. North Korea is not communist. Rule has been passed down from father to son for several generations, making it a monarchy as well. China is communist only insofar as it’s ruled by a single party that calls itself the Communist Party of China. In most other respects, China is a republic with a mixed-economic system including both socialist and capitalist elements (like every other nation including the USA).

  • Nat King Cole

    What a bunch of imbeciles. They are setting the country up for the Muslim take over.

  • Mike

    This is what happens when you give up your guns.

  • John O’Neill

    The one sure method of combatting violence and murder in England would be to bring back public hanging.

    • Nat King Cole

      Legalize the IRA

      • will

        fuck you

        • Nat King Cole

          Only if I can have your Mom first William…Long live Bobby Sands and the IRA!

          • will

            please yourself she died 45 years ago, good luck, . bobby ‘i’ll cover meself in me own shit’ sands, yeah, i’ll stop eating n then die, wow ya know how to pick heroes

          • Nat King Cole

            Coming from one who kneels to the incestuous lot called the royal family.

          • will

            ha, you know nothing, we fuckin hate the traitorous german bitch, once again don’t believe what the tv tells ya

  • Honey badger

    And before Ya know it everyone there will be wearing matching outfits and getting 1hr outside everyday. It wouldn’t be like prison tho… Ok it is like prison. I would say the British population needs to grow some balls before they completely retract into there very own lady parts.

    • will

      another dick who doesn’t know what the fuck hes talking about

      • Honey badger

        Nope just another dumb fat American over here. I’d rather not know what I am talking about than to be a arrogant troll. Oh and disrespectful. Sorry our freedom of speech bothers you…. Will….

        • will

          don’t comment on something you obviously know nothing about then, the info we get over here about the states makes us glad to be here, the whole fuckin world is in the same shitty state, it aint individual countries its global corporations running the world. the news we get about you makes the states look like stalag 11B

          • Honey badger

            Something we can agree on!!! Global corporations running this puppet show!!! America is very messed up we are a giant bully state that’s only good at killing innocent people and rewarding lazy people. I am pretty sure chimps would run this country than our elected officials.

          • will

            I definitely agree with that comment, its no different over here, the whole world is up shit creek and no paddle in site.

  • knotjammin2

    Once you give up your guns the government can take everything!!

    • Nat King Cole

      That is not what Mel Gibson said

      They can take our lives, but they will never take our freedom.

  • Denis George Miller

    you can be sure the only prosecutions will take place against members of the EDL, whites and other no-goodnicks. the “Asian” population will of course be exempt from prosecution.

    • Nat King Cole

      You mean Mooslims

  • Shami-Amourae
  • Musashi5000

    You make a good point.

  • Every knife in my kitchen, and every knife in my fairly large collection, are pointy. And very sharp. I like it that way.

  • You’re a day late and many dollars short.

  • Musashi5000

    Good points.

    The people of the West will need to rediscover a reason to live.

  • PJ London

    I have consulted with a number of Cricketers and they agree that they almost never use the bottom 3 inches of the bat or the top 6 inches. To reduce the possible harm and the danger of being struck by. or assaulted with a cricket bat, all bats must now be reduced by 9 inches to a maximum length of 16 inches.

  • Briarpatch

    Now the Brits will have to make improvised shanks out of modified spoons.

  • Caroline Hughes

    Oh dear, will pointy sticks be next? This is a race to the bottom, they don’t want people to have any cutty, shooty things. Pathetic, a sign of a failed society.

  • RogerP77

    This makes total sense. They want their victims to be totally defenseless before they introduce the REALLY nightmare things that they plan on doing. Once you give up your guns it is not enough for these people. That is why we in America have to fight for our guns. Notice how the NONE of the politicians are disarming themselves. Disarmament, like the endless laws and taxes are for the LITTLE people, not the elite. After all, there is no such thing as an armed slave.

  • Oor Wullie

    The public memory is, indeed, very short as it has always been a crime in the UK to use any instrument as an offensive weapon, even one’s waist belt if used in a violent attack becomes an offensive weapon. Firearms have always been banned while there is control over guns (the definition of both differs). Criminals occasionally do use weapons but mainly the disturbed types. Serial killers (with a few exceptions) do not use fire arms; West, Neilson, and Shipman, to name but a few. There is a difference in culture between the UK (including probably other European countries) and the US and I would suggest that the UK is more civilised. The problem with the US is that there is so many weapons circulating that the law has lost control. One disturbing feature here in the UK which occurred recently was that the Scottish police were seen carrying small arms which were withdrawn owing to public outcry but presumably those weapons are still available to arm every police officer. This was on the run up to the Scottish Referendum for independence and there are other disturbing features looming which would indicate that Scotland is destined for an autocracy to which its natives are blind.

  • will

    don’t believe all the shite on this site, don’t be slagging us English off, you been here ? or what

  • will

    you must believe anything you read, the ‘filth’ can make statements about shit til theyre blue in the face, no ones gonna go down there to throw a knife in a bin, grow up n think for your self

  • or a stick to a knife fight, evidently.

  • The Gimlet Eye™

    If knives are outlawed, only criminal chefs will have knives !