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British Politicians Declare War on Knives: New at Reason

Having failed to thwart crime with gun bans, British officials now want to restrict what may be the most useful tool ever invented.

Marc Soler/agefotostock/NewscomMarc Soler/agefotostock/NewscomIt turns out that when you pass laws disarming people in an attempt to prevent violence, criminals who habitually disregard all laws don't make exceptions for the new rules. In London, crime still thrives despite the U.K.'s tight gun controls and the British political class is now desperately turning its attention to restricting knives.

British politicians propose banning home delivery of knives and police promote street-corner bins for the surrender of knives while also conducting stings against knife vendors. Their goal is to "target not only those who carry and use knives, but also the supply, access and importation of weapons."

Rather than a race to ban dangerous objects that can only end with the criminalization of rocks and pointed sticks, J.D. Tuccille suggests that it's time politicians stopped pushing laws that are ignored by criminals and annoying and inconvenient to the rest of us.

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