While it is amusing on its surface, UK hoplophobia is really quite sad. It is a country that once was worthy of the title “Great Britain”, but the folks who survived the Blitz with a stiff upper-lip are all but gone now, replaced by generations of somewhat lesser stuff. The Liverpool Echo ran a feature on the ” terrifying looking knives ” that Police have removed from the streets of Merseyside, UK.
With the exception of what looks to be a cutlass of some sort, most of these knives are completely utilitarian, and so ubiquitous as to make prohibition a fantasy. Even in the case of the cutlass, the context and character of the wielder determine whether or not I find it terrifying.
From Liverpool Echo:
These horrifying photos show the deadly knives that have been carried on the streets of Merseyside.
Teenagers as young as 15 were caught with lethal weapons ranging from knives resembling samurai swords to those with serrated edges.
Merseyside Police tweeted pictures of just some of the weapons they have seized.
A 15-year-old youth from Billinge was arrested on Mischief Night after he was found in possession of this knife after police chased a group of youths for letting off fireworks.
The article continues:
“We routinely carry out test purchases at shops to ensure retailers take a responsible approach to selling knives and we use knife arches, knife wands and stop-search tactics as a deterrent to stop people of all ages carrying them.
“A change in the law means that anyone aged 16-17 years of aged who is convicted of possessing a knife for a second time automatically receives a detention and training order of at least four months. For anyone aged 18 years or over they will receive a prison sentence of at least six months.
Sounds like a delightful place to live.
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Yes, that is a stick. God Save the Queen.