Last night, as I was listening to talk radio as I often do to help me sleep, the host of the show (I don’t know what show – I was asleep in 10 minutes) mentioned a proposed ban on kitchen knives in the U.K. So I decided to look into this as many times these hosts can be prone to hyperbole. Sure enough, this is what I found:
A team from West Middlesex University Hospital said violent crime is on the increase – and kitchen knives are used in as many as half of all stabbings.
They argued many assaults are committed impulsively, prompted by alcohol and drugs, and a kitchen knife often makes an all too available weapon.
The research is published in the British Medical Journal.
Now, to be fair, this call for kitchen knives to be banned was from 2005, and I can find no evidence that it was ever put in place. The enforcement alone would be a nightmare of epic proportions:
A spokesperson for the Association of Chief Police Officers said: “ACPO supports any move to reduce the number of knife related incidents, however, it is important to consider the practicalities of enforcing such changes.”
Enforcement aside, it’s just shocking the lengths to which some will go in order to ostensibly protect us from ourselves. I wrote “Ban All The Things!” recently partly as a satire, but sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. I think what it really boils down to is a failure in logic by leftists in ascribing moral judgments to inanimate objects, rather than to the individuals who use them. An inanimate object has no intrinsic morality; it is a tool that has value insomuch as it performs the task it was designed to do: in the case of a gun, to shoot a bullet; a knife, to cut a piece of meat; a bat, to hit a baseball). It is the person who uses the tool who provides the moral context of the that use (hitting a baseball or assaulting another person).
Why bring this up? With the Democrats in the House poised to submit new gun legislation on the first day of the new session, it is useful to consider where this new “national conversation” may lead us. Given the propensity for “everything old is new again” on the left, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a similar call for a kitchen knife ban here in the U.S. Let’s face it, Americans value their guns, and have a constitutional right to them, so it is likely that sweeping new gun regulations wont gain much traction. However, with the looming implementation of Obamacare, it is not unreasonable to imagine the IPAB (or some yet to be formed panel, board, commission…) to come up with a similar proposal in an effort to reduce emergency room care costs for knife wounds, or whatever other insidious justification they can muster.
As a post script, I would like to shamelessly quote myself:
First they came for my money (taxes); next they came for my protection (gun control); finally, they came for me.
—Conservatarian TX (@ConservaTX) December 28, 2012