“Uncle Jed, put down thet thar whittlin’ knife! You Boy Scouts – empty your pockets and step away from your nefarious tools of death! And you, there – Leatherman me no Leatherman stuff, you’re obviously carrying a multi-bladed, high capacity assault weapon! Did you say Swiss Army knife?!? So you confess you have a high capacity assault weapon of war?”
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Mayor of London, England is apparently embarrassed that his supposedly genteel and smugly disarmed metropolis recently exceeded New York City in its murder rate. Edged weapons are currently the thugs’ choice there, so Mayor Sadiq Khan believes a crackdown is in order. He has supposedly declared pocket knives to be “weapons of war,” and ordered the metropolitan police to go to stop-and-frisk to get them off the streets.
This, despite the fact that the mayor had previously denounced stop-and-frisk as a racist and Islamophobic abrogation of civil rights. It seems that hypocrisy is the stock in trade of prohibitionists.
Mayor Khan tweeted, “No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife. Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law.”
I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised. In our own country, the gun prohibition lobby has been calling semiautomatic AR15s “weapons of war” because they superficially resemble true assault rifles, the M16 and M4, which are selective fire and can fire full automatic, a/k/a machine gun mode. That is blatant BS: I know of no nation issuing its troops semiautomatic AR15s.
Perhaps calling pocket knives “weapons of war” is the (il)logical extreme of the prohibitionists’ faulty reasoning.
Talk about “jumping the shark.”