“We see it all the time, I’ve had all kinds of people being accused of having a dangerous weapon, and you go, ‘What weapon?’ And you look at what was classified as the weapon and you have to laugh.” – Barbara Arnwine
Barbara Arnwine is Executive Director of the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights Under Law. She goes on to say that knife charges are often a form of “packing the case” for minority defendants who often end up charged with weapons offenses following nothing more than a “probable cause” search.
The quote is from the AP article “Across US knife laws can differ by state, city, even town“. and comes complete with additional quotes from Doug Ritter and AKTI’s Jan Billeb.
While none of this is breaking news to TTAK readers, it is just the latest example of common sense breaking through in the normally hoplophobic mass media. We have talked about the Village Voice and their coverage of NYC’s Knife-law insanity. The Christian Science Monitor asked “Should it really be illegal to carry a knife in the city?“. NPR has run pieces that are surprisingly knife-friendly. A piece like this in the AP reaches an extremely wide audience and can only help the knife rights movement continue its gains.
There has been great debate all over the media as to whether or not Freddie Gray’s knife was legal. But the debate itself highlights just how ridiculous situation is. Knife laws are anachronistic and pointless. People are starting to notice.
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