Friday, May 27, 2005

Britain is often heralded by American gun control advocates as the paragon of sense and sensibility. Following the grizzly shooting of kindergarten children in Dunblane, Scotland by a crazed lunatic, the Brits enacted one of the strictest gun control regimes in the western hemisphere. Aside from the obvious emotional appeal, the new regulations were based largely on the testimony of experts who claimed that restricting access to a broad array of firearms, even to law abiding sportsmen and collectors, would go a long way to solving the country’s growing problem with violent crime. Judging from the ever escalating crime rates in the UK over the past decade, it seems that the expertly derived correlation between crime and gun ownership is faulty at best.

Despite the absence of guns, Brits have not quenched their thirst for a bloody stabbing every now and then. According to numerous media reports, hospitals across the country are treating a growing number of patients for wounds and lacerations resulting from knife attacks. In a bid to stem the tide of recreational stabbing victims flooding their emergency rooms, a group of doctors is calling for, you guessed it, knife control , particularly for those of the long, pointy and sharp variety. Armed with recently published scholarly articles from the British Medical Journal, the doctors say their research proves that “legislation to ban the sale of long pointed knives would be a key step in the fight against violent crime”. Sound familiar?

2 Comments:

At 5/31/2005 9:43 AM, Blogger BACdanielle said...

I read that last week! They really have fallen down the slippery slpoe. What's next??

 
At 5/31/2005 10:18 AM, Blogger Ace said...

Using the "public equity" argument that's often invoked to garner support for bans on things like guns and cigarettes, a case can be made to ban any number of everyday hazards. For example, here in Maricopa County the number of child deaths due to pool drownings averages between 25 and 30 every year, which is roughly 5 times the rate of child shooting deaths.

There are several boisterously active gun control groups in the Valley who invoke child safety as their prime objective, yet you don't see anyone here clamoring to ban pools. Instead, there are concerted efforts to promote pool safety education and enact better standards for pool fencing. These are reasonable policies crafted by reasonable people.

The gun control lobby would do well to learn from the pool safety advocates, and drop this notion that an outright ban would best serve everyone in the interest of "public equity".

 

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