The crime rate is increasing in Britain, even with the severe restrictions on gun ownership. Now one group of doctors are lobbying for a ban on certain types of kitchen knives. What will it be next?
A&E doctors are calling for a ban on long pointed kitchen knives to reduce deaths from stabbing.
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.
The researchers said there was no reason for long pointed knives to be publicly available at all.
They consulted 10 top chefs from around the UK, and found such knives have little practical value in the kitchen.
None of the chefs felt such knives were essential, since the point of a short blade was just as useful when a sharp end was needed.
I understand the concern, but there was the belief that severe gun restrictions would cut the crime rate. Didn’t work. Do they think this is going to deter crime?