District Judge Richard Williams, a member of the Sentencing Council, said: “If people carry knives, there is always the risk that they will be used, and with tragic consequences.” (From BBC.co.uk: “Tougher penalties proposed for carrying a knife”)
Imagine that…if you carry a knife, you might use it. That is precisely why I carry a knife. In any given day I might find the need to break down boxes, open packaging, slice an apple, cut some twine, or any number of other tasks. A knife is the proper tool for said tasks.
The only way carrying a knife ends in tragedy is if the person carrying the knife is pathologically opposed to behaving within the bounds of society. Of course that is the situation in the UK with drunken yobs and gangs of unassimilated muslim youth terrorizing the honest citizenry (of all religions).
Unfortunately, the UK government is so afraid of offending people who have no wish to comport themselves as civilized beings (see Rotherham Rape Scandal), that they fetishize the common tools, instead of dealing with the social problems underlying the spike in violence.
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