FAST FIVE: Church Of England: The UK Must Ban "Pointy Knives"
Last year, London's murder rate briefly overtook that of New York City, a feat likely to be repeated as crime continues its decline in the US while the latest UK figures show an increase in violent crimes committed with both guns and knives.
Instead of giving people more freedom and the human dignity of being able to defend themselves against these attacks, religious organizations and the government want to take steps to make sure only those committing violent acts have the means to do so.
“We the undersigned are professionals and community leaders from across the UK who call on Government to see the sale of pointed domestic kitchen knives as a thing of the past,” reads the not-a-parody open letter from the Diocese of Rochester, signed by church leaders, lawmakers, psychiatrists, academics, and the like.
Now we only need the point to open packets when we can't be bothered to find the scissors.” When the human condition resists perfection through legislation, the answer always seems to be more – and stupider – laws.
Now they want to double down on that policy because the bad guys still won't play along. – J.D.