Friday, May 27, 2005

Taranto Strikes Again

From today's Best of the Web:

What'll They Control Next?
It's a long-running joke, only now it's serious: The BBC reports that a British Medical Journal article argues "for a ban on long pointed kitchen knives to reduce deaths from stabbing":

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.

One could argue that banning knives doesn't go far enough, for the world is filled with other dangerous items. Consider this report, from the Bellingham (Wash.) Herald:

Two Bellingham residents were killed when a tree fell on and crushed their SUV as they drove southbound on Lake Whatcom Boulevard Sunday.

Didn't Reagan warn us about trees? If we're going to control guns and knives, doesn't log-ic demand that we do something about these wooden weapons of mass destruction? Though of course the tree-huggers will object. We can just hear them now: "You can have my tree when you pry it from my cold, dead arms."


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