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    UK Doctors are calling for kitchen knives ban

    A&E doctors are calling for a ban on long pointed kitchen knives to reduce deaths from stabbing.

    A team from West Middlesex University Hospital said violent crime is on the increase - and kitchen knives are used in as many as half of all stabbings.

    They argued many assaults are committed impulsively, prompted by alcohol and drugs, and a kitchen knife often makes an all too available weapon.

    The research is published in the British Medical Journal.

    The researchers said there was no reason for long pointed knives to be publicly available at all.

    They consulted 10 top chefs from around the UK, and found such knives have little practical value in the kitchen.

    None of the chefs felt such knives were essential, since the point of a short blade was just as useful when a sharp end was needed.

    The researchers said a short pointed knife may cause a substantial superficial wound if used in an assault - but is unlikely to penetrate to inner organs.

    In contrast, a pointed long blade pierces the body like "cutting into a ripe melon".

    The use of knives is particularly worrying amongst adolescents, say the researchers, reporting that 24% of 16-year-olds have been shown to carry weapons, primarily knives.

    The study found links between easy access to domestic knives and violent assault are long established.

    French laws in the 17th century decreed that the tips of table and street knives be ground smooth.

    A century later, forks and blunt-ended table knives were introduced in the UK in an effort to reduce injuries during arguments in public eating houses.

    The researchers say legislation to ban the sale of long pointed knives would be a key step in the fight against violent crime.

    "The Home Office is looking for ways to reduce knife crime.

    "We suggest that banning the sale of long pointed knives is a sensible and practical measure that would have this effect."

    Government response

    Home Office spokesperson said there were already extensive restrictions in place to control the sale and possession of knives.

    "The law already prohibits the possession of offensive weapons in a public place, and the possession of knives in public without good reason or lawful authority, with the exception of a folding pocket knife with a blade not exceeding three inches.

    "Offensive weapons are defined as any weapon designed or adapted to cause injury, or intended by the person possessing them to do so.

    "An individual has to demonstrate that he had good reason to possess a knife, for example for fishing, other sporting purposes or as part of his profession (e.g. a chef) in a public place.

    "The manufacture, sale and importation of 17 bladed, pointed and other offensive weapons have been banned, in addition to flick knives and gravity knives."

    A spokesperson for the Association of Chief Police Officers said: "ACPO supports any move to reduce the number of knife related incidents, however, it is important to consider the practicalities of enforcing such changes."
    Story from BBC NEWS: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/h...th/4581871.stm

    Published: 2005/05/26 23:48:35 GMT

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    Virtualbody1234's Avatar Forum Star BT Rep: +2
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    This is absolutely ridiculous. How are they doing to eliminate the knives people already own.

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    I do agree with the chefs though. Of all my kitchen knives the big 8" "sans attitude" one is the least used and the small paring knife my favourite.
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    how do you open bacon without a pointy knife though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GepperRankins
    how do you open bacon without a pointy knife though.
    Use your teeth?

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    hmmm my colleague never mentioned this to me
    its probably just one of them things that get said and forgotten

    like when RIAA was talking about not letting people hear your car stereo player because its a copyright breach


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    Quote Originally Posted by GepperRankins
    how do you open bacon without a pointy knife though.

    scissors, one blade pierces then cut it open

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    thats it all barber shops are closing


    everything can be used as a weapon (even breath)

    uk doctors should go over to the usa (no offence bsymn) and see what the "feel" about pointy guns.

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    I am not surprised.
    Silly bitch, your weapons cannot harm me. Don't you know who I am? I'm the Juggernaut, Bitchhhh!

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    what the hell
    reminds me of carlin and airport security
    "after you've been flying for an hour, they give you a knife and fork. They actually give you a fuckin' knife!"

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