UK’s Boy Scout Association Bans Knives

vintage_boy_scou1Bowing to intense political pressure, UK’s Boy Scout Association issued a “guidance” advising its members to no longer bring knives to camping events.

Troop leaders feel their leadership went too far with the outright ban. Prior to this ruling scouts were allowed to carry penknives with blades of less than 3 inches.

“It is health and safety gone mad.”

Shelia Burgin- Troop Leader

Knives have been a fundamental part of scouting for over 100 years. We all know their famous motto- “Be Prepared,” and knives were intricately involved in their preparation.

The UK’s Daily Mail reported the decision and stated it was a direct result of Britain’s anti-blade culture.

Thanks to Doug Ritter of Knife Rights for making us aware of this historic decision by the UK’s Boy Scout Association.

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Published in: on September 5, 2009 at 9:06 pm  Comments (11)  
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Washington’s end-around is a national knife law

endroundThe end-around is one of the more tricky plays in college football. If done correctly, the offense typically makes a big yardage gain, as the defense is caught totally off guard. Basically, it keeps the opponent focused on the wrong player or part of the field.

Right now, we may be set up for the end-around by the folks up in Washington on this knife ban issue all of knifedom is worked up about. (more…)

The latest news on our effort to fight for our knife rights

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Our representative in Washington reports he was told that CPB has received 8 Postal Service tubs containing an estimated 2,000 comments. Knife Rights was told to expect an opportunity to inspect the comments during the second week of July after CBP has had the opportunity to open and classify the comments. Thanks to everyone who made the extra effort to mail in their comments to Customs. One must assume that this is about 7.9 tubs more than they expected.

As you may have heard, the effort to attach an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill in the House failed to get out of the Rules Committee. It appears to have been killed over procedural issues. We now move to the Senate side where we hope for better luck and have more time to prepare, coordinate with other groups and marshal our forces.

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Talk about a dumb knife

Since I have been on a rant lately, I am compelled to post this too.

dumbknifeTalk about a dumb knife- it’s this “anti-stab” knife produced in an effort to, well I’m not quite sure why in the heck it was produced, now that I think about it. The obvious reason is so it can’t stab an intended victim, which is why I have called it a dumb knife.

Here’s the deal- Assume all “pointed” knives are banned. Is anyone of the mindset who would actually end up stabbing someone actually going to carry this dumb knife? Absolutely not. It goes back to the gun issue in my mind. Only the criminals will have guns if you were to take them all away.

The same applies to knives. Outlaw knives and only the criminally minded will have them then. Which is why this knife is dumb.

At face value it was designed to keep folks from stabbing other folks. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. The other thing I must tell you is this knife is going on sale in the UK and is being marketed as the first Anti-Stab knife ever produced.

….and you thought this was a joke, didn’t you?

Published in: on June 19, 2009 at 9:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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We know about the run on guns, now what about knives?

Prior to the recent presidential election we witnessed a run on guns and ammo. Actually, the increased demand for guns is still going on, as we reported here on CNJ. Now, with hyper-attention on our government’s attempt to ban knives of all sorts, is there a reason to stockpile our favorite EDC’s?

It is difficult to sort out fact from fear pertaining to the gun scare, for example. We witnessed the same when Clinton was elected- in fact, I am the proud owner of two prized possessions (hand and semi-auto) as a direct result of the anticipated move by the gov then. We see the same taking place, but the difference now is our knives are also the target.

The extreme left positioned sitting prez sees the time is now to stop all weapons used in crimes- all to appease the liberal left. The “love not war” crowd. The “let’s not govern ourselves, individually- cause we can’t- so let’s let our Gov do it to for us”- crowd.

So, where does all this leave us? Should be be stockpiling our favorite EDC’s, not to mention survival/tactical knives, in case we need to defend ourselves- knowing one day all we will have access to could be the infamous miniature red Swiss Army Knives?

Yes, it will be at the risk of being branded as militants- a part of hard core, anti-gov crowd, but do we do it anyway, or do we trust the folks in Congress to do the right thing and stand for the will of the people and fight this to the end?

Well, what if the will of the people is to restrict knives further and Congress actually supports further restrictions and knife bans? Have you thought about that? If this happens, then where does that then leave us?

U S Customs attempts to outlaw assisted-opening knives

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Talk about an auto

Switchblades have been ’round for a long time. Actually its history is extremely rich going back to the 1700s with English and French designs.

The knife is one of the coolest patterns and one that simply makes a lot of sense, if you ask me. Regardless of the cutting situation, getting the blade out to use is the ultimate goal anyway.

Hollywood glamorized the knife with movies, such as The Wild One (1954), Rebel without a Cause and High School Confidential (1955) and others. The films featured gangs, violence and rebels- rejects of society. Needless to say, we know what happened next- the US Switchblade Act of 1958. Then in 1959, the UK followed suit with its version of a federal law.

Talk about an auto

Talk about an auto

Well, Hollywood is at it again, yet this time the movie is a prequel and has already grossed $87 million after only releasing a few days ago. Granted, it does not portray the typical garden-style automatic though. Instead this “knife” has three blades that release simultaneously- and from a man’s hand. Yeap, you guessed it. They are the deadly weapon of the Wolverine.

It is interesting to note too in the land of the free enterprise system, some entrepreneur jumped in to produce a claw blade “knife”.

If you are interested in switchblades there is a new group of enthusiasts over at iKnifeCollector, the next generation knife collector community.

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

Citywide knife ban considered by mayor

alberta-skyline2Edmonton, Canada: Mayor Steven Mandel last week publicly discussed a total ban on all knife sales. 

In the last two months there have been six homicides- half involved knives. 

Bill Clark, a 30-year veteran of the police force there, said, “There’s no way you can get rid of every knife that we have in this city. Butter knives can kill people. Steak knives can kill people.”

The Mayor is reconsidering his new law proposal today. “Logistically, we might not be able to ban knives,” he said, “but we can give the police…greater search rights when it comes to knives.”

(Editor’s note: This is the same city proposing an anti-idling law for cars idling over 3 minutes. Also, population in the metro area is about a million people.)

Published in: on February 26, 2009 at 6:13 am  Leave a Comment  
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The UK Knife guys are going bonkers

 

CNJ Knife Rights Beat

CNJ Knife Rights Beat

As a follow-up on the news of eBay banning all knife sales on their UK and Ireland sites, the Brits are beside themselves.

I am following a few of the threads over at BritishBlades forum (mostly custom knife owners) and they are are not happy campers right now. 

 

“This (ban) is obviously going to impact all of us in various ways, I sell quite a few on there, and regularly buy knives I want for myself from American dealers which will also be impossible.
We all know its ridiculous, but there’s probably naff all we can do other than find another auction site to trade through.
So ladies and gents:
a) buy what you have your eye on now cause you won’t be able to for much longer
b) can anyone suggest some other good auction sites to use.”

While this post by John is on the calmer side of all the buzz, it summarizes their situation pretty well. So much for eBay sales there for US sellers, including custom makers, right at the time every sale is important to keep the knife biz healthy.

Published in: on February 11, 2009 at 8:39 am  Leave a Comment  
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