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Knife amnesty is launched

Discussion in 'Legal' started by wingnutx, Feb 9, 2006.

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  1. wingnutx

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    A NATIONWIDE knife amnesty to end the carnage on our streets was launched yesterday.

    The five-week initiative, running throughout the UK, is aimed at repeating the success of Operation Blade, which took thousands of weapons off the streets of Strathclyde in 1993.

    Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson yesterday vowed it would be just one of many measures to battle knife crime in Scotland.

    Victims of the scourge have included policeman Lewis Fulton, knifed through the heart in Glasgow in 1994 as he tried to arrest a teenage schizophrenic.

    Knives are becoming an increasing menace in the hands of young girls, too.

    Kirsty Nisbet, from Edinburgh, was just 14 when she needed 89 stitches after a former friend slashed her with a craft knife in 2002, leaving her scarred for life.

    Jamieson added: "We have seen the impact of Operation Blade and I want to see that replicated throughout Scotland."

    She appealed to those who carry knives: "Use the amnesty as an opportunity to put this behind you and stop more young people being killed or maimed."

    Launching the amnesty for England and Wales, Home Secretary Charles Clarke said: "Every weapon handed in will be a weapon that cannot be used in crime.

    "Anyone with a knife or other weapon that might be used to cause fear and distress on our streets should take this chance to get rid of it."

    During the amnesty, which will run from May 24 to June 30, there will be disposal points for weapons at police stations and other locations around Scotland.

    Knives will be forensically checked to see if they have been used in any crime but it is expected that the vast majority will just be destroyed.

    Lord Advocate Colin Boyd will retain his right to prosecute if there is evidence a knife has been used in an offence.

    Boyd said yesterday the Crown Office were also carrying out a major review of their policy on knife crime.

    He added: "They will give careful consideration to prosecuting persistent and violent offenders, in a court empowered to send them to prison for the maximum period allowed by law."

    The Executive's plans to double the maximum sentence for carrying a blade to four years have been criticised as not doing enough.

    Critics point out most offences are dealt with as summary crimes - which attract a much lower sentence.

    Scottish Tories welcomed the amnesty.

    Justice spokeswoman Margaret Mitchell said: "At a time when knife crime is reaching almost epidemic proportions, an amnesty to get these lethal weapons off the streets is clearly a step in the right direction."

    SNP justice spokesman Kenny MacAskill said: "We welcome this amnesty as part of the efforts to tackle this problem.

    "It must be made clear after the amnesty is over, there will be no excuses for carrying a knife or a sword in Scotland."


    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/t...iteid=66633&headline=blade-ii--name_page.html
     
  2. Rumble

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    :scrutiny: Oh. My. God. Is this for real?


    Edit: It appears that it is. I expect baseball bat, frying pan, and nearby brick amnesties to follow.
     
  3. wingnutx

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    Pointy-stick Amnesty to be announced.
     
  4. LawDog

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    I have this terrible urge to go sit outside a "knife amnesty centre" with a barrow-load of flint and an antler, just to see how many knapped flint knives I could turn in before they tossed me out of town.

    Or buy some lengths of angle iron from a scrapyard, along with some duct tape for grips, and turn in shank after shank after shank.

    LawDog
     
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    Wallace is spinning in his grave!
     
  6. Master Blaster

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    So X-Acto Knives are an offensive weapon in the UK, Do you need a permit to build model planes or do they come precut so the sheeple cant hurt themselves.

    I shudder to think what people are doing to apples:barf:
     
  7. Camp David

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    Not even "Braveheart II"? :uhoh:
     
  8. Rumble

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    Model airplanes could be thrown in such a fashion as to cause injury, or at least fear and distress on the streets. Model airplanes were outlawed under the Benchley-Thump Resolution of 1997.

    I am wondering how this will impact things like shipping and packaging businesses. Will they need to log the issue and return of necessary business equipment like box cutters and other utility knives? What about restaurants? Or kitchen supply stores? Will they take knives off the shelf, like the way they've taken actual working Sudafed off the shelves here in the U.S.?

    I have a sneaking suspicion that this whole knife thing wasn't actually thought all the way through.
     
  9. Janitor

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    Twits.

    Well, I'm afraid that the people they're worried about carrying aren't the sort to give a rip about excuses. This is just so very sad.
     
  10. 1KPerDay

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    ROFL!
     
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  12. wingnutx

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    Francis Begby was unavailable for comment.
     
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    Damnation, I was interrupted in the middle of typing my post, and everything I was going to say got said.

    Oh well, great minds think alike:neener:
     
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    Ahhh, disarming Scots. Fond memories for my people.:D Once again conquered people demonstrate why they were conquered.

    Thefab, yes, but inert objects are the cause of all social ills.:D Once the inert objects are removed, Scotland will be a violence-free petting zoo. Well, until they have to ban rocks, sticks and, of course, human hands.:evil:
     
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    I wish I could think that they are not serious -- but I think they are.

    Other weapon:

    1. Rock
    2. Stick
    3. Rope (might strangle someone).
    4. Pen or pencil (might stab someone).
    5. Shoes (might club someone).
    6. Umbrella (might poke someone's eye out).
    7. A copy of anything written by Maya Angelou (might cause suicidal actions).
    8. Bean burritos (weapon of mass destruction).

    Anythink else we need to ban?
     
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    "as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom — for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself"
    Declaration of Arbroath, 1320.
     
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    ROFLLMFAO

    I cannot believe this is serious!?!?!?!?!
    Too funny. And sad.

    So, after all the knives are gone, i suppose theyll have a club ban.

    And then sharp sticks, i suppose?

    End the carnage, eh...

    Heck, you can make plexiglass shanks. I guess they will burn all the trees down too.
     
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    Yeah... bathtubs... Look at the damage Andrea Yates did with one....
     
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    who cares what these people do? they chose to give up their freedom years ago and are just gutless slaves to be herded around to where the crown needs to use them. just ask the tyneside labor protestors, or the survivors after the tanks and bayonets were finished with the ones who stepped out of line. hell, i'm surprised you can't buy englishmen at walmart.
    pat
     
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    Thig gan gabhail! :neener:
     
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    Why don't they just lock everyone up in a padded room and be done with it?

    If just one person can be saved..........

    It's for the children........
     
  22. AJ Dual

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    Preacherman and others beat me to it.

    I was thinking about taking up a collection to buy several container ships worth of cheap Chineese knives for pennies each, and dumping them on the UK Amnesty.

    LOL.

    I've heard they're making serious noises about banning kitchen knives with pointy tips too.
     
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    "It must be made clear after the amnesty is over, there will be no excuses for carrying a knife or a sword in Scotland."

    Check with the international seismographers. I think Scotland just moved a bit from thousands upon thousands of thousands of honorable warrior Scots spinning in their graves. :barf:
     
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    "Next week, a spoon amnesty will be announced.
     
  25. TrekkieFromHell

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    So all the doctors get to hand in their scalpels. :neener:
     
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