Skip to comments.When Gun Control Satire Becomes Reality
Posted on 12/28/2012 8:16:45 AM PST by Kaslin
Back in my less sophisticated days (shocking as it may seem, I wasnt always the mature, statesmanlike figure I am today), I sometimes resorted to silly arguments when debating gun control, such as, does this mean you want to ban knives since they also can be used to kill people?
Smarter opponents would scoff and accuse me of knocking down straw men, assuming a non-existent slippery slope, or engaging in reductio ad absurdum.
I wasnt even sure what the last one meant, but I secretly felt chagrined because I also thought the argument was nonsense. But its not like we had the Internet back in those days so I could quickly peruse the writings of John Lott or David Kopel.
Well, I no longer need to feel shame. It turns out that my straw man came to life and hes sliding down a slope into a big pool of whatever that reductio thing is.
I kid you not. Theres a supposedly civilized nation that is seriously talking about banning long kitchen knives.
Ill give you a couple of hints to help you figure out what country is considering this bizarre policy.
Yes, Im talking about our friends in the United Kingdom.
They make some decent movies and they have cute accents, but they seem totally clueless about how to fight crime and the notion of individual rights appears to be a totally alien concept.
So the nation that once ruled half the world actually has contemplated whether to ban certain kitchen knives. Here are some details from a 2005 BBC report.
A&E doctors are calling for a ban on long pointed kitchen knives to reduce deaths from stabbing. 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. The researchers say legislation to ban the sale of long pointed knives would be a key step in the fight against violent crime. Home Office spokesperson said there were already extensive restrictions in place to control the sale and possession of knives. The law already prohibits the possession of offensive weapons in a public place, and the possession of knives in public without good reason or lawful authority, with the exception of a folding pocket knife with a blade not exceeding three inches. A spokesperson for the Association of Chief Police Officers said: ACPO supports any move to reduce the number of knife related incidents, however, it is important to consider the practicalities of enforcing such changes.
Given my low opinion of and low expectations for Britains political class, Im impressed that pocket knives are still legal. Its probably just a matter of time before than changes. After that, the next step will be fingernail clippers.
And Im glad that the ACPO person warned that there might be problems enforcing such a silly law.
But I fully expect to see that foolish proposal get enacted at some point. After all, this is the country where a women who was being threatened by thugs got in trouble with the police for brandishing a knife in her own home.
I read somewhere that more people die at the hand of doctors than guns. Guns are safer than doctors?
Much like gun-grabbing Liberals in Mordor finally coming out of the closet and openly admitting that they plan to confiscate what they deem you don't need to have.
"From my cold dead hands" doesn't sound reductio anymore.
You could have fooled me! Most Americans act like they have a PhD. in "Everything."
I’m done debating.
Just say no
Is this what he gets paid for?.
Stupid articles about stories from 2005?.
Who held a gun to your head to read the article? Come on confess
Or did someone pee in your soup?
I assume since the very people in a panic “mode” of buying up as much ammunition and guns in th wake of this latest shooting incident...
They did not see the urgency of “engaging in reductio ad absurdum” of the very people who are on the verge of seriously challenging our right to keep and bear arms as we see fit to do...
I have seen an influx of “new” faces into the gun culture withing the last few weeks since the failed attempt to oust the current regime, and I find those newbies to be rather...How to say this nicely...Hypocritical...Those very people who should have shown up in droves to take on that simple civic duty, are just now waking up to the startling realization that we could lose our liberties and freedoms in the swipe of a pen now...
In the immortal words of Detective John McClane NYPD, “Welcome to the party, PAL!!!”
Good thing a few of us read the tea leaves, and are prepared for the worst...
But, in reality, we are hoping for the best...
If this goes against us...No one in this country wins...
Just my opinion...