Civilian disarmament doesn’t end with guns. As we’ve covered extensively, the U.K.’s gun control hysteria has metastasized into an absurd and comprehensive phobia against the carry of almost any kind of edged tool. Even a Swiss Army Knife can land a Septic like you in prison over there, so leave it home, right?
Now, to the surprise of absolutely nobody anywhere, the Chinese government is rounding up and confiscating knives from residents of the unstable province of Xinjiang. This comes after months of ethnic unrest, including massacres of police and civilians by gangs of knife-wielding Muslim Uighurs.
From Fox News:
Police in China’s restive far west have announced that they are confiscating long knives, explosives and guns — and also computers and cellphones containing “terrorist” material — as the government tightens controls on the region after recent unrest.
The order was issued Tuesday by the public security bureau of Xinjiang.
Police also are offering rewards of up to $16,300 for information on terrorist activity that helps solve major terror crimes or leads to the arrest of terror suspects.
It says those who knowingly shelter, protect or help “violent terrorist criminals” will be prosecuted.
Bloody clashes in Xinjiang (shihn-jeeahng) over the last several months have killed more than 50 people. It has long been home to a simmering rebellion against Chinese rule among parts of the Uighur (WEE’-gur) population.
If anyone tells you ‘yeah, but the US isn’t China,’ go ahead and remind them that neither was Britain. Anybody who says there is no ‘slippery slope’ of civilian disarmament is delusional, stupid, or lying.