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Posted on 11/22/2004 4:41:35 PM PST by scouse
Crackdown targets knife culture
First Minister Jack McConnell has announced a five-point programme to clamp down on knife crime.
The maximum jail term for possessing an offensive weapon will be doubled from two years to four under the proposals.
He wants to ban the sale of swords and introduce a licensing scheme for retailers selling knives.
He also announced plans to give police more powers of search and arrest and to increase the age limit for buying a knife from 16 to 18.
The new measures are being drawn up by a cabinet sub-committee chaired by Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson.
The cabinet agreed to establish the group last Wednesday when it received a stark presentation about knife crime in Glasgow from Strathclyde Police.
"We had a particular discussion on the issue of knife crime recently and we have agreed a package of measures that we will be consulting on early in the New Year," said Mr McConnell.
"We will be putting forward the action we believe is required to tackle the scandalously high level of knife crime in Scotland."
He said that 50% of the homicides in Scotland in 2002 were caused by knives or other sharp instruments.
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More wisdom from the land of hooliganism.
If this keeps up, I'm waiting on the ban on sticks and stones.
Within five years, this headline on the Beeb: "Crackdown targets club culture," talking about the rapidly increasing incidence of people using clubs, cudgels, table legs, hammers, and other large blunt objects to commit crimes (or more likely, to defend themselves).
Remember, when morningstars are outlawed, only outlaws will have morningstars!
aha but the market for pointy sticks will increase dramatically.
What next, criminalizing big sticks of wood?
Cricket bats are next; followed by rolling pins, cast iron pans, hammers, scissors, hedge trimmers,etc.
This is what happens when gun control finally goes far enough.
Does this mean those under 18 must have parental permission to eat at a resturant? I guess there is going to be a booming business in finger food. Fish and chips anyone?
... rocks, and finally, fists and feet.
The British will be back to getting their food by throwing rocks and eating with their fingers soon, that is, unless the criminals steal all their rocks and fingers.
What are they going to do about us martial arts devotees?
I can't believe this article is not satire.
ban politicians with sub 70 IQ's. (80%?)
Do these idiots know about grinders and pieces of steel?
I can show them how to kill with one finger. I guess they will start cutting off everyone's fingers.
hahahahahhah... outlaw steak knives and make them use plastic sporks. What a land of pu$$ies