Firearms with a history

Discussion in 'General Military Arms & History Forum' started by TranterUK, May 22, 2008.

  1. Tranter, didn't the British government recently impose restrictions on ownership of knives as well as firearms? I think I read something about that.
  2. TranterUK

    TranterUK Guest

    Yes they did. Though we should separate ownership from carrying. As far as ownership your not allowed to purchase a knife if under 18 years of age.

    As far a carrying your not allowed to carry in a public place any knife with a blade longer than 3" or any lock knife. So a small folder that wont lock the blade, you know the ones that spring closed on your fingers, there OK.

    We do have a problem with young people carrying knives. Only yesterday a young girl in South London was stabbed to death and last week a young actor from the Potter movies died the same way. I know a lot of youngsters carry knives 'for protection'. My wife works for the 'Youth offending team' so I get to hear some horror stories.

    Needless to say I do not approve, but feel further legislation will have little or no effect. The problems that need to be addressed are with our children, not the inanimate objects they choose to carry and sadly use.

    This may surprise most on your side of the pond but we in the UK have a bigger problem, per capita, with youth violence and drunkenness than you do. We also have a Government who believe more and more legislation is the answer. We have a home secretary who should be saying 'do you want fries with that?' rather than making ever more ineffective laws. :(
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  3. I agree with you wholeheartedly, Tranter. Outlawing a "thing" does very little, if anything, to curtail its improper use. A knife, like a firearm, is nothing more than a tool, an object that may be used or misused at the whim of the holder. Even if somehow the government could dispose of all knives in the hands of those under 18, what would stop them from simply sharpening a screwdriver or a file to replace the knife? For that matter, something as simple as a length of wire can be turned to deadly use easily enough, or so I was taught once upon a time, a long time ago. Should we outlaw screwdrivers, files, and bailing wire? That would seem to be nothing more than an absurdity, yet in the minds of the liberals, it's all for "the public good." Balderdash! Outlaw liberals instead of knives and we might get somewhere! :D;)
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