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Jim – I suppose a knife that has had its point removed can’t be used to slash. Better ban sharp edges on knives. According to the FBI, there were fewer than 300 homicides in 2018 with all rifles. London was over 130 last year for the total. I don’t know the weapon breakdown, but I imagine those nasty ol’ knives account for the bulk of them. It appears that one is more likely to be stabbed in London than shot with an AR15 anywhere in the US. “It scares me so let’s ban it” is the repose of a once proud nation.
When you ban knives, only criminals will have knives…making a once proud people helpless in the face of people who would do them harm is never the answer. The British feel that putting up these knife surrender bins is part of the answer. But then some of the enterprising at-risk-youth started breaking into them and taking the knives that their countrymen surrendered, so it turned out to be a less good idea.
raven – People obsessed with banning things are the type who never MADE anything, so the the objects to be banned represent some arcane mystical device, unable to be replicated by the hand of man.
Next on the list- grinders, files, hacksaws, mills, spring steel, rebar, etc, ad infinitum, till the mud huts beckon – wait, I take it back, even the mud hut crowd can forge steel.
The secret of steel is out, unfortunately for the British… And yes, you can forge literally anywhere. Repurposing spring steel is a particularly useful way to turn rusted junk into an effective tool. It’s good to have a hammer to forge with. They may ban hammers too?
Globalists would assert that once the entire planet is yoked under a one-world-government that all this will end and everyone will be happy. Workers will be content in this brave new world.
https://accordingtohoyt.com/2019/10/07/rough-music/ I hope she is correct.
Someone needs to update Dylan’s, “The Times They Are A’Changing”.
And it’s not just us. The rough music is already playing in the rest of the world. To the extent things haven’t gone completely and bizarrely insane — in the paint the room red sense — it’s because there is the US. And they can’t read us. They have no idea what we’ll do.
To an extent, despite our refusing open involvement, we’re what’s keeping the protesters in Hong Kong alive. We’re what’s keeping the antifa-like elements of the yellow jackets (not most of them, but an element) from turning this into just a pillage and rob expedition resulting in who knows what. I don’t know what our influence is in the rest of the world, but I’d bet it’s not negligible.
The discussion you reference is sort of a long and rambling article and I think that it argues that a return to tribalism is inevitable. The example of Hong Kong is one of those that show that there are cracks in the Chinese veneer, though the core of the argument is directed toward the crumbling Europe. If you look at places like Austria, Hungary, Poland and Eastern Europe you see a very different scene than you do in Western Europe. Britain is attempting to take back its nation through BREXIT and we see panic among the EU components that has ensued. I am not saying that the article is wrong. It’s well reasoned. I think that it could have been presented more comprehensively.
Will another civil war balkanize America? Will the public rise up and kill the anchors on MSNBC and CNN as tribalism favors the armed over those who are not? Who knows?
I don’t know that I could tolerate life in the UK these days. I lived there some many years ago now, and it was different then. I think that the C of E is completely unhinged in their self loathing, their denial of the faith, their love for Islam and their demand that knife points be eliminated.
And it’s the puppets and muppets in government you need to criticise – they can’t even deliver what we voted for. We’d overthrow them but we have no pointy knives…
I criticize the Church of England for being stupid, particularly when it comes to knives. I criticize politicians. In America we used to tar and feather them when they did stupid things, but that practice has lapsed, obviously, and I criticize the British people for showing too little spine when it comes to the EU and their own politicians. Naturally when it comes to American political elites, I have absolute contempt.
I became disgusted with ‘civilization’ in general, as you know. You were around when I hit that breaking point, and began to search for an alternative. It’s not about being anti social as much as it is about finding that I’m happier when I’m not being pressed from all sides by unreasonable taxation, political correctness demands, unending traffic congestion, and politicians who did not have my best interests at heart.
I’m about to eat French toast (my internationalism is showing) covered with maple syrup and big strips of American bacon. Fortifying myself against a return to the metropolis with all of its insanity, tomorrow. (Britain also needs to work on its bacon)
I think if they banned muslims, not knives, things would turn around in a jiffy. Think that’s going to happen any time soon? Uh uh.
Having a kukri like mine sends a message without speaking a word. I didn’t think that I could get a kydex scabbard for it that would work, but I was wrong. The Nepalese cranked one out and it’s cool as well.
Talk like that about the religion of peace can get you thrown in jail in the UK, or in your case, tossed out persona non grata, as an undesirable alien. As opposed to the Muslim guests in the UK who are revered and loved, rants of “death to this or that person” and knifing people at random, notwithstanding. I don’t understand the British anymore. I really don’t.
I don’t understand the American Congress either, so its not just the British.
There is an expat Ghurka organization in the UK and I am personally friendly with them as is my friend from Norway, John Derva (who comments here as “Valuism” from time to time. I don’t know how the British handle the knife issue with them.
Wait.. Cory Booker thinks someone’s impressed with Cory Booker’s… manliness?
Nobody is more impressed with Booker than booker. As a closeted homosexual, he must feel that he can fool everyone with his manly bravado. He’s just a taller and darker version of the Butt Guy. And since he’s polling at somewhere less than 1% of the donkeys, I don’t think that he’s long for the race.
Paul L. Quandt – Pointy knives- yet one more reason I shall never be able to visit Blighty.
I don’t know what’s got into them.
If you mention it to Irish Bob (Beto), he’ll likely do a youtube video of him cutting up boxes to demonstrate why they should be illegal. But if you round off the tip, could you still take down an airliner and three large buildings?
I would pay good money to watch Julian Castro take your firearm away from you personally, or Beto, or Diane Feinstein or Hillary, or AOC. We could do a pay-per-view event and I’d take the action. Betting would be fast and furious. That’s for sure. I don’t know how we’d set odds but at 1,000 to 1, I don’t know if we could get many takers. We could even line up the Dems and they could each make their try! The idea is big, I tell you.
DRJIM – Spartacus might think Slow Joe has a chance, and want to be his VP…..
That could be. And with Slow Joe getting slower, Spartacus could have him declared non-compos-mentis and sent off to the home and he’d be the default leader of the free world. It’s not unlike the Bernie-Hillary ticket. I think that you’re right. It’s his only road to the White House. There’s no other play for Booker.