knife ban

Get A Life – Bin That Knife

is what these bins that are all over the UK read.



Source: SgtRock333 (flickr)

I previously blogged about the knife ban in the UK, but did not know about this initiative.   While reading about this today something else came to my attention… apparently “regular” police in the UK do not carry guns!  Only “special” units get them.

Anyway back on the topic of knife surrender bins, I have a couple of questions:

1) Do criminals actually use these?

2) Do criminals ever break into them to steal knives?

3) What do the police do with all the knives they take in?  Melt them down?

4) Why is the bin so big?  Even if people are depositing machettes and samari swords it still seems a bit large.

5) What is the ratio of garbage to knives on an average collection day?

6) If you got caught by the police with a knife, could you just claim “I was just on my way to a bin”, or is there some sort of special house to bin transport bag you need in order for that excuse to work?

7) How many ironic stabbings / knife heists occur right next to these bins?


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Pretty much everything is banned in the UK now by the looks of it, and from what I hear you are basically on camera everywhere you go in any major city.  Sounds like an enjoyable place to live *sarcasm*.  Too bad nothing will change because, oh right criminals DO NOT care about the law.

Thank god this magnitude of stupidity has not reached the US yet, although who knows what the future has in store.

To modify a famous quote:  “If kitchen utensils are outlawed, then only outlaws will have kitchen utensils”

Kitchen knives and forks banned in the UK

And for your reference and amusement:

UK Government’s Offensive Weapons Act 1996

UK Government’s Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006