Friday, July 21, 2017

We've got to do something - even though it'll never work!


I see politicians are up to their usual shenanigans again.  This time it's in formerly great Britain.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: "We are announcing new measures to combat knife crime and the devastating impact it has on families, individuals and communities.

"We are going to be consulting on new legislation so that people can't buy knives online without having their identity checked.

"At the moment you have to do it by the click of a button. What we are proposing is that if you want to buy a knife online it has to be collected from a place where you have to show your ID.

"We have evidence that young people have been able to buy knives without verifying their ID and I want to stop that."

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The new drive will also aim to close off a loophole that means police can be powerless to act if they discover knives in someone's home.

A ban on the possession of outlawed weapons such as zombie knives and knuckledusters on private property would mean officers can seize them and make arrests.

Any restrictions will be drawn up so that those who keep weapons for a legitimate purpose, such as cultural items or antiques, are not penalised.

There's more at the link.

I've written about this utterly worthless approach on several occasions, particularly as it relates to firearms.  Back in 2009 I pointed out:

You can't stop criminal actions by banning things. You can only stop them by stopping the people who commit them. The tools used are basically irrelevant.

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Cars don't cause accidents: they're caused by road conditions, or mechanical failure, or flawed driving technique, or an impaired driver, or a combination of these factors. Aircraft don't cause plane crashes: they're caused by weather conditions, or mechanical failure, or pilot error, or an impaired pilot, or a combination of these factors. Guns don't cause massacres: those are caused by human beings deciding to commit murder. Whether they do so with a gun, or a bomb, or a fire, or an axe, or a knife, is basically irrelevant. In every case, the driver, or pilot, or murderer, may be sane or insane, impaired or unimpaired, rational or irrational: but there's always a human involved. The car, or plane, or gun, is simply a tool in their hands.

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Again and again and again, the instrument is not the cause of the problem; the instrument is not guilty of the problem; and banning the instrument won't solve the problem!

Again, more at the link.

Politicians realize that to be re-elected, they have to make people feel that they're in control, and the country is safe in their hands;  so they act, and react, and posture, as soon as a problem reaches the public eye.  The fact that the measures they propose will do absolutely nothing to solve the real problem - human nature - is neither here nor there.

If criminals can't get their hands on one tool, they'll find another.  Witness the recent spate of acid attacks in the UK - a crime that was vanishingly rare until very recently.  I'm willing to bet a large part of it can be laid at the door of 'knife control'.  Denied access to their former tool of choice, some criminals simply turned to acid instead.  Ban or control acid?  They'll turn to gasoline, tossing a cupful of it at a passerby, followed by a lighted match.  Ban or control gasoline?  Good luck driving your vehicle!

Prisons are one of the most rigidly controlled environments in human society, an authoritarian's wet dream;  but even there, knife regulations, even total bans, don't work.  I've worked in prisons, and recovered so-called 'shanks' from inmates and their cells.  They make their knives out of toothbrush handles, bits of wire, stolen air-conditioning vent covers . . . anything they can find.  We had to order feeding trays and drinking 'glasses' for the inmates made out of a specially brittle plastic, that would break up rather than take an edge if you tried to sharpen it.  I've seen a very deadly shank, used in a prison murder, that was made out of an eight-inch length of rebar.  The convict stole the metal from a work site within the prison, then spent close to a year rubbing it furtively against concrete, bricks, and other masonry every opportunity he got - except in his cell, of course, where the damage might have led to a search.  After a lot of hard work, his rusty bit of scrap steel had a deadly sharp point on it . . . as one of his prison enemies found out to his (terminal) cost.

Controlling a thing cannot and will not work.  Those with evil intent will always find another thing, another way.  The Home Secretary must surely know that . . . but she doesn't care.  She's a politician.  She knows she has to be seen to be doing something - no matter how useless she knows it will be.  The latter is the least of her concerns.

Why anyone votes for conniving, lying grifters like these, irrespective of party or policy, I just don't know . . .




Peter

13 comments:

Glenn B said...

At one point, a few or several years back, I recall that some political arsehats in GB wanted to ban all glass within pubs because the glass could be broken and used as sharp edged weapons. They're among the most pussy-whipped nations on earth.

Snoggeramus said...

Politicians will want to come down hard on knives. Meanwhile criminals in return will tell them to get forked.

Jim said...

Ban an item and some folks will simply make their own. It's not that hard to make a knife, and both Brazil and Australia seem to have thriving gun manufacturing industries in their respective underworlds.

Anonymous said...

Almost half the votes cast in the last election went to a lying grifter named Clinton.

Unknown said...

They need to be introduced to the History Channel TV show "Forged in Fire" where people compete to make knives, usually in 6 hours.

some of the episodes (and the people's home shops) are using nice expensive power tools. But some episodes have them using coal and hand tools (in one episode, one of the two finalists didn't have a forge at home large enough for the sword he needed to make, so he used an old satellite dish to make a new forge)

we are talking about tools and techniques that are literally thousands of years old, and they think they can ban the results????

Anonymous said...

pointy stick crime, coming to a shire near you.....
Differ; British by birth, English by the grace of God, American by choice.

deborah harvey said...

no need to knot your knickers over human foolishness.
it is everpresent and incurable.
remember we went into ww2 almost unarmed because fools, who undoubtedly went to church and knew of 'wars and rumors of wars', decided to stop war once and for all.
we see how that played out.
history will continue to repeat itself because illogicality is genetic and incurable.
no need to get an ulcer over it.
do the best you can individually and leave the rest up to God. only He can save us.

Joseph said...

They can ban all the objects they wish...there will always be rocks, sticks, boots...societies have crime because they tolerate it.

Unknown said...

The 9-11 hijackers used box cutters, not anything fancy or that can be outlawed.

(yes, they were aided by the prevailing mentality that the best way to survive a hijacking was to do what you were told, but that doesn't change the weapons used)

David Lang

Hugh McKay said...

i'll eagerly await the upcoming GB ban on carbon steel and fire. Bring on the dread 'board-with-a-nail-in-it'. Their superior intellects are no match for our puny weapons!

Bibliotheca Servare said...

It's worse than that. Depending on how many of the votes were illegitimate, *more* than 50% of votes were for the murderous, sociopathic hag. California (mostly) tipped the balance. Thankfully, we have an Electoral College. Democrats are much, *much* better (in an innumerable number of ways) at organizing and mobilizing people (including voters, both legal and not) to support their causes. This link is eye-opening: https://status451.com/2017/07/11/radical-book-club-the-decentralized-left/

Anonymous said...

What amazes me more than anything is that even the observers are focused on the inanimate object(s). This isn't about knife control or even weapon control -- it's about PEOPLE control. It's about circumscribing people's lives with ever-smaller circles of freedom.


BTW, why was it necessary to make me click through five pages of "street signs" to prove I'm not a robot.

Ed_Mc
(more than meets the eye)

Ryan Bowers said...

What the heck are zombie knives?