September 08, 2009
Chad Love: Scouts Ban Knives in Great Britain
By Chad Love
I've previously waxed poetic about my love for all things British, especially fine English doubles .
Unfortunately, however, Great Britain is also home to some of the most bizarre and draconian weapons laws on the planet. As such, many Americans like to hold up the British Isles as an example of what's on the horizon for us, but after seeing this bit of news this morning I don't buy that argument any more, because there's simply no way we could ever go as collectively crazy as this...right?
From the story:
LONDON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- British Scouts will no longer be permitted to carry knives, even on camping trips, due to an increase in fatal stabbings, Scout officials said Sunday.
Traditionally, Scouts learned to use knives properly to cut wood for fires or to carve tools. Recently, the Scout Association said parents should be the ones to bring knives to meetings or on camping trips, the Sunday Telegraph reported.
"We believe that young people need more places to go after school and at weekends, where they can experience adventure without the threat of violence or bullying and the need to carry weapons," a Scouts spokesman said. "Scouting helps to prepare young people with valuable life skills, while keeping them safe by not carrying knives."
I don't even know where to start with this one. The sheer lunacy of it has temporarily disabled my smartass commentary reflex. Boy scouts. Without knives. Because it's too dangerous.