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Circling the Drain: UK punishes self-defense (again)

Further proving the England earned it’s status as the most violent country in Europe

John Lott has the story of a man who defended himself and his family from thugs that invaded their home, held them hostage, and threatened to kill them.

For daring to fight back, the man may get life in prison for ‘grievous bodily harm with intent’ while the thug may get 6,000 pounds for ‘criminal injury compensation’.

In England, does water flow uphill in defiance of logic as well?

Circling the Drain: UK Most Violent Country in Europe

Wait.  I thought that Britain was so peaceful [no guns, no knives] and non-threatening [no right to self defense] that the bobbies don’t even have to carry guns. Right?

British Police Effectiveness: “Stop! Or I’ll yell ‘Stop!” again!”

Apparently not:

Britain’s violent crime record is worse than any other country in the European union, it has been revealed.

Official crime figures show the UK also has a worse rate for all types of violence than the U.S. and even South Africa – widely considered one of the world’s most dangerous countries.

The article cites:

In the UK, there are 2,034 offences per 100,000 people, way ahead of second-placed Austria with a rate of 1,677.

The U.S. has a violence rate of 466 crimes per 100,000 residents, Canada 935, Australia 92 and South Africa 1,609.

So, to sum up, let’s compare this chart:

Most violent countries in EU (Wait, is that Canada?)

Most violent countries in EU (Wait, is that Canada?)

With this one:

We're number 1!

We're number 1!

Apparently, the U.S. of A, being the Most Armed Country in the World and having 90 guns to every 100 citizens, keeps us rather safe.

Big shock.

Circling the Drain: UK’s “anti-stab” knives

First ‘anti-stab’ knife to go on sale in Britain

Round-nosed knives designed by John Cornock

From the TimesOnline via Drudge:

The first “anti-stab” knife is to go on sale in Britain, designed to work as normal in the kitchen but to be ineffective as a weapon.

The knife has a rounded edge instead of a point and will snag on clothing and skin to make it more difficult to stab someone.

It was invented by industrial designer John Cornock, who was inspired by a documentary in which doctors advocated banning traditional knives.

Mr Cornock, 42, from Swindon, said that the knife will cut vegetables, but will make it almost impossible to stab someone to death and will reduce the risk of accidental injuries.

He said: “It can never be a totally safe knife, but the idea is you can’t inflict a fatal wound. Nobody could just grab one out of the kitchen drawer and kill someone.

Well now, that’s a dandy solution. Unless you count the ability to cut – you know – because it’s, like, still a… knife.

Wait. Isn’t there a whole genre of films called ‘Slasher Flix’?  Slash: as in a  swiping-draw-cut-not-stab.

Also, remember the news following the UK Pocket Knife ban that attacks with hammers were on the rise?   Quick ban cricket bats, too!

Thankfully, with entrepreneurial nannies like Mr. Cornock, we’ll have no end to ‘solutions’ to protect us.

And, of course, there’s no need to worry because that would never happen here….

….oh, wait.

Read: Act NOW:  U.S. Customs to Ban Pocket Knives 6-21-09

Circling the Drain: UK – Golfers charged for self defense

Highlighting the difference between Citizens and Subjects, we have a story from the Telegraph.

Short version – golfers on the links about to tee off when beset upon by armed thugs attempting to steal clubs from them.  Golfers logically respond by beating thugs with said clubs.  Everybody goes to jail.

Link to story

Well, it’s a good thing that would never happen here…