UK’s third largest retailer stops selling knives and the power of political correctness

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Other UK companies will now be forced to jump on the bandwagon too

There comes a point when companies bow to the pressure of political correctness. On Friday, the third largest retailer in the UK announced it will no longer sell knives at its stores.

The company voluntarily made this decision even though knives aren’t banned, yet there is a political movement to rid the country of knives. Pressure has been growing for months now for the retailers to stop selling knives. And as recently reported here on CNJ,  eBay caved to the pressure there by voluntarily banning its knife sales too.

The East of England Co-op operates stores throughout the country. The chief executive for the company said all the politically correct PR spin when making this announcement, but the truth is had they not made this decision-

  1. Their stores would be subjected to never-ending sting operations to try to get their clerks to sell to minors
  2. The company would be viewed as contributing to knife crimes
  3. It would have cost the company more money in the long run

What does the UK have to do with the US?

The PC crowd here in the US has already successfully associated knives with weapons. That was the first step.

Mr. Obama presenting the "Doing the Right Thing Award"

Mr. Obama would present the "Doing the Right Thing Award"

Now imagine, as a result of political correctness pressure, WalMart (Sears, Lowes or Home Depot) announcing it would no longer sell knives. They’d be hailed as hero’s- looking out for the best interest of the country, over their own. I’ll bet our President would even give them the “Doing the Right Thing Award.”

Here’s where the power of political correctness is magnified-

Do you think the other large retailers would want to be viewed as not doing the right thing?

Of course they wouldn’t. And pressure would mount for them to stop selling knives too. They would probably be boycotted by shoppers. They’d be labeled- greedy capitalistic companies– companies that are not only contributing to, but are even profiting from, knife violence and youth deaths.

All it would take is for one medium to large company here in the US to stand up and say “No more knife sales at our stores” for it to sweep our nation too. It could even be started by an international retailer with a US presence.

It would be the snowball effect from there. The other companies unfortunately would be stuck in the- “Damned if you do and damned if you don’t” situation. And I think I know what their final decision would be. More getting on the bandwagon.

Then the politicians jump in

Politicians would jump on the bandwagon in a heartbeat

Politicians would jump on the bandwagon in a heartbeat

If this situation played out, it would also provide an opportune platform for our politicians to get on the bandwagon too. They’d propose a national knife law.

I can hear their rhetoric now- “While this is an unpopular decision as knives have been a important part of American heritage, nevertheless, it is the “right thing to do for the youth of our country.” Blah, Blah, Blah.

Meanwhile the bandwagon is packed out.

If this scenario came to fruition here in the US, as it appears it is in the UK, it would illustrate the power of political correctness to take down entire industries, and in this case, it would be the knife industry.

Photo credits:Kennedy -Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images, Obama- AP/Alex Brandon

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