Friday, May 27, 2005
On this day:

God Bless the NRA

Now that it's virtually impossible to make Britain's gun control laws any stricter, a group of doctors is asking the government to ban certain varieties of kitchen knives.

A team from West Middlesex University Hospital said violent crime is on the increase - and kitchen knives are used in as many as half of all stabbings.

They argued many assaults are committed impulsively, prompted by alcohol and drugs, and a kitchen knife often makes an all too available weapon.

The research is published in the British Medical Journal.

The researchers said there was no reason for long pointed knives to be publicly available at all.

They consulted 10 top chefs from around the UK, and found such knives have little practical value in the kitchen.

None of the chefs felt such knives were essential, since the point of a short blade was just as useful when a sharp end was needed...

The study found links between easy access to domestic knives and violent assault are long established. (BBC)

For even more laughs, read this editorial in the British Medical Journal.