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Stabbings are increasing (A precursor to knife bans in Britain?)
EurekAlert! News ^ | September 21, 2006 | Staff

Posted on 09/21/2006 8:28:12 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger

Serious knife injuries are increasing, say trauma experts at the Royal London Hospital in a letter to this week's BMJ.

Several recent deaths have fuelled the perception that forensic knife injuries have become an epidemic, resulting in a knife amnesty and government discussion of new punitive measures, write Charles Knowles and colleagues.

An increase in such injuries is supported by data from regional police forces and the Home Office, with 1200 reported attacks in London last year and 30% of homicides caused by knife injury. Crimes defined as "more serious wounding or other act endangering life" almost doubled nationally from 1995 to 2005.

The authors audited knife injuries at their east London hospital, one of Europe's busiest emergency departments, to establish the size of this problem in a representative urban area.

They analysed data on forensic knife injuries (excluding deliberate self harm) from a database of all trauma calls from July 2004 to June 2006. Overall there were 309 forensic knife injuries; 259 patients were admitted, 184 were operated on, and eight died. The chest was the most common area injured, most patients were men, and mean age was 28.

To give a measure of changing incidence over a longer time, they also performed an audit of all cases coded as "stabbing" during the 10 year period from July 1997 to June 2006.

Over both periods, the data show an increase in the overall incidence of stabbings. The increased need for surgical intervention may also reflect increasing severity of injury, they say.

These data therefore seem to support the general perception that knife injuries are increasing, they conclude.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: crime; gunban; knife; knifeban; knives; stab
This would make sense. Harsh gun bans lead to criminals seeking alternate methods to Kill, Wound and Maim.

Brainless government officials will no doubt seek to ban knives to curb the crime. Then scratch their little British heads when, say, deaths by bludgeoning start occuring. Following the chain, Britain will be made entirely of rubber in a hundred years.

1 posted on 09/21/2006 8:28:13 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
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To: DaveLoneRanger

"Brainless government officials will no doubt seek to ban knives to curb the crime."

Banning vehicles would likely also occur since people who wish to attack/kill others would have to resort to other methods.


2 posted on 09/21/2006 8:32:06 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Father of an American Soldier)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

"Harsh gun bans lead to criminals seeking alternate methods to Kill, Wound and Maim."

Maybe.. but I would think banning guns wouldn't decrease gun crime since the guys using them don't tend to hand em over.


3 posted on 09/21/2006 8:33:50 PM PDT by Third Order
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To: DaveLoneRanger
After knives it will be something else, and then even something else. Eventually fists will be banned and every man will have his hands amputated when they reach the age of 13. Of course this will be after national fist registration yields little results in reducing beatings.
4 posted on 09/21/2006 8:36:59 PM PDT by KoRn
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To: DaveLoneRanger

If you outlaw knives then only oulaws will eat steak.

Man it sends like a win win for the libs.


5 posted on 09/21/2006 8:38:31 PM PDT by Boiler Plate (Mom always said why be difficult, when with just a little more effort you can be impossible.)
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What they're contemplating now is selling knives with blunt edges ... like next they would ban grinding wheels so you couldn't put points on them .....
6 posted on 09/21/2006 8:41:52 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("The Americans on Flight 93 did more to counter terrorism than the Democrats have done in 4 years")
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Bigger boards, with bigger nails

I want to do pointed sticks.

7 posted on 09/21/2006 8:42:35 PM PDT by MrEdd (Always look on the bright side of life.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

these people will end up banning everything more dangerous than sugar-free chewing gum.


8 posted on 09/21/2006 8:43:20 PM PDT by King Prout (many complain I am overly literal... this would not be a problem if fewer people were under-precise)
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To: KoRn

Headline in The Guardian in 5 Years:

Kicks to the Head Increasing; All Feet to be Removed!


9 posted on 09/21/2006 8:44:03 PM PDT by Holicheese (Beerfest could be the greatest movie ever made!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

“Quemadmodum gladius neminem occidit, occidentis telum est.” (A sword is never a killer; it is a tool in the killer’s hands.)

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, circa 45 AD


10 posted on 09/21/2006 8:51:10 PM PDT by dsc
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To: KoRn; DaveLoneRanger
After knives it will be something else, and then even something else. Eventually fists will be banned and every man will have his hands amputated when they reach the age of 13. Of course this will be after national fist registration yields little results in reducing beatings.

When I was in Bahrain in the Navy they said that striking someone with a closed fist was against the law. When the Bahrainis would come to blows, they would actually slap each other like Zha Zha Gabore! Just food for thought.

11 posted on 09/21/2006 8:51:49 PM PDT by kerryusama04 (Isa 8:20, Eze 22:26)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

It's easy to get guns around here, whether legally or on the streets, and we have more stabbings than ever.


12 posted on 09/21/2006 8:56:11 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: DaveLoneRanger
They analysed data on forensic knife injuries ...

This is a misuse of "forensic". The word refers to legal and investigative procedures, not crime itself. The sentence could be corrected to, "They analysed forensic data on knife injuries ..."

13 posted on 09/21/2006 9:21:26 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: DaveLoneRanger

The human mind can always devise some new way to kill people. The only thing which is ever really going to satisfy the British government is having the entire population lobotomized.


14 posted on 09/21/2006 9:28:31 PM PDT by tomzz
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To: dsc

GREAT quote!


15 posted on 09/21/2006 9:31:32 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (Lord, help me to be the Christian conservative that liberals fear I am.)
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To: tomzz

During my time in Japan, two people were killed with umbrellas.

So far as I know, neither of these incidents involved inserting the umbrella, opening it, spinning it around, and jerking the person's guts out.


16 posted on 09/21/2006 10:28:07 PM PDT by dsc
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To: DaveLoneRanger

The only thing I don't get is how come gun crimes haven't gone up?

YOu'd think the scumbags would be using firearmsinstead of blades.


17 posted on 09/21/2006 10:45:24 PM PDT by Killborn (Pres. Bush isn't Pres. Reagan. Then again, Pres. Regan isn't Pres. Washington. God bless them all.)
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