Friday, 22 October 2010

Grapefruit knife crime

This is a grapefruit knife. It's made of thin, flexible steel and if you tried to stab someone, it would just bend. You could, if you're a Jihadist, use it to slowly saw a kufir's head off, but it would take about a day. It is, in short, about as dangerous an object as a teddy bear. Yet under 18s are banned from purchasing one, and if you're caught in public with one in your pocket you face at least 12 weeks in prison

A Judge has decided that it falls within the dictionary definition of a 'knife' as "a cutting instrument, consisting of a blade with a sharpened longitudinal edge fixed in a handle". This is the law at its asinine worst. No excuse. 

4 comments:

talwin said...

Stabbing? No. But I reckon a pretty nasty slashing wound across the face or neck (and don't think some of them wouldn't, the more likely if it were legal to carry one without good cause!)

I think you've got this one wrong, Radders.

JuliaM said...

That's the problem with strict liability offences - no discretion...

And yes, no doubt you could slash someone across the neck. But so what? Buy a wine/milk/fruit juice bottle and all you need is solid tap and voilĂ ! Instant multiple-pointed stabbing/slashing/gouging tool.

I know which I'd rather have in a fight...

Kinderling said...

The right to bear arms. Not the right to think you might use it improperly.

An age limit, certainly. But not a whole society of adults cowed.

Delphius1 said...

I've said all along that the current laws regarding knives are wrong. What should be prosecuted is the intent to use the weapon, not carrying the weapon itself, when said weapon is as common as knives are.

Technically you can be arrested and charged for carrying a set of knives home from Argos. No excuses, you're carrying an offensive weapon.

In the end you can kill someone with a sharpened stick: do we legislate against carrying sticks? That'd bugger up carrying garden waste (effectively a whole arsenal of weapons)to the tip then.