I’m so old I remember when “knife control” was a joke and not a thing that was under serious consideration.

Church of England leaders in the Diocese of Rochester have joined forces with “leading crime experts, as well as MPs, and community leaders,” in a letter asking the government to consider banning pointed kitchen knives.

From Premier:

They’ve written an open letter asking for a ban on the sale of pointed kitchen knives. The letter was also signed by leading crime experts, as well as MPs, and community leaders.

It comes after a conference called The Point in Chatham last week raised awareness of the issue, as statistics show that there has been an 80 per cent rise in knife crime in the UK since 2014.

The signatories have urged Government to “take urgent measures to promote the sale of safe kitchen knife designs and restrict those designs which have been used in so many acts of violence.”

…It continues: “A five-year study in Edinburgh found that of the sharp instruments used in homicides, 94 per cent were kitchen knives. Research demonstrates kitchen knives are used in a large percentage of homicides due to their availability and lethal nature.

“Criminologists have demonstrated that reducing availability in turn reduces crime.

And then they go on to suggest the only people who need sharp pointy knives are those too lazy to find scissors.

The letter endorses research, highlighted at the conference, which explains that points on domestic knives are historic and no-longer necessary.

“Historically we needed a point on the end of our knife to pick up food because forks weren’t invented. Now we only need the point to open packets when we can’t be bothered to find the scissors,” the letter reads.

The UK, who has ridiculously strict gun laws, has experienced skyrocketing “knife crime” in recent years. It’s almost like people who are hellbent on committing acts of violence will do so, with or without guns. Almost.

 
 
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