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Friday, May 27, 2005

Dumbest Idea of the Year:

LONG, pointed kitchen knives should be banned as part of a concerted effort to reduce the terrible injuries and deaths caused by stabbing attacks, doctors warned today.

Accident and emergency medics claim the knives serve no useful purpose in the kitchen but are proving deadly on the streets of Britain, with the doctors claiming the knives are used in as many as half of all stabbings.

The doctors claimed they had consulted leading chefs who said the knives were not needed for cooking - a claim disputed by chefs contacted by The Scotsman.

Latest figures from the Scottish Executive show that in 2003, 55 of 108 homicide victims were stabbed by a sharp instrument - often a kitchen knife.

But of course... end the violence by taking away the tools. (Isn't this how the gun control movement got started?) Listen, ye Scottish doctors, and listen good. Banning a kitchen implement is not going to solve anything, nor is such an absurd law enforcable. If someone wants to hurt someone else, they will find a way to do it. In fact, two very predominant methods of killing are drowning and physical assault without a weapon. Should we also ban water and fists?


.: posted by Dave 10:42 AM

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