Monday, September 19, 2005
When they outlaw knives, only outlaws will . . .
be able to carve their haggis.
A UNITED Nations report has labelled Scotland the most violent country in the developed world, with people three times more likely to be assaulted than in America.
Why, how can this be? I thought America was the land of unmitigated violence and lawlessness. Why, Americans own guns, you know . . . and sometimes they even shoot them for fun!
The attacks have been fuelled by a "booze and blades" culture in the west of Scotland which has claimed more than 160 lives over the past five years. Since January there have been 13 murders, 145 attempted murders and 1,100 serious assaults involving knives in the west of Scotland. The problem is made worse by sectarian violence, with hospitals reporting higher admissions following Old Firm matches.And these enlightened Europeans have the temerity to talk down to American "fundamentalist" Protestant Christians?
Wow. Well, how are the Scots reacting?
David Ritchie, an accident and emergency consultant at Glasgow’s Victoria Infirmary, said that the figures were a national disgrace. “I am embarrassed as a Scot that we are seeing this level of violence. Politicians must do something about this problem. This is a serious public health issue. Violence is a cancer in this part of the world,” he said.
Oh. I see. I guess all the real Scots have already emigrated to America.
No self-respecting Scot would crack off a lament more appropriately suited for weepy liberals.
I'm just surprised he didn't find a way to suggest that it was all "for the children."
In any event, the local law enforcement sees a way to solve the problem: ban knives and alcohol.
Detective Chief Superintendent John Carnochan, head of the Strathclyde Police’s violence reduction unit, said the problem was chronic and restricting access to drink and limiting the sale of knives would at least reduce the problem.Yeah. Like that will work.
Britain dealt with a similar issue in the 1990s when they decided to ban guns after a lunatic went on a rampage at a school. That didn't work very well.
So why should knives be any different?