UK MP Proposes Citizens Register Knives, GPS Monitor Them
Tory MP Scott Mann is calling for drastic knife reform, which includes nationwide knife registration and knife GPS monitoring. I wish I were joking, but the sad fact is, I’m not. While many are laughing at Scott’s proposals, others of us watch a disastrous 1984 scenario play out before our eyes.
The North Cornwall representative took to Twitter to announce his ideas. Scott suggests a national knife database similar to the one used to monitor gun ownership. He also wants GPS tracking placed in all knife handles. And well, he wants a “bloody good explanation” if you are caught with a GPS tracked knife.
Every knife sold in the UK should have a gps tracker fitted in the handle. It’s time we had a national database like we do with guns. If you’re carrying it around you had better have a bloody good explanation, obvious exemptions for fishing etc.
— Scott Mann (@scottmann4NC) March 14, 2019
Of course, Twitter users quickly lashed out, or laughed outloud, at Scott’s ridiculous proposals.
“There’s been a stabbing”
“Quick, get me the GPS tracking for every knife in a 3 mile radius”
“OK, it says there are 120,000 of them, mostly in kitchens”
“Bollocks, thought we had them then”
“Could ask those young lads with the machete”
“Nah, they’ve got a mackerel, been fishing”
— Mike McKinley (@MikeMckinley) March 14, 2019
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Have you got much in the way of a plan for how the police monitor the movement of the UK’s, let’s say 300 million knives?
— Tom Peck (@tompeck) March 14, 2019
But make no mistake about it, this is the direction we are heading. While Scott’s knife control concept feels somewhat laughable today, a decade ago, it was completely absurd. As rights vanish, the herd adjust expectations. That’s why knife control, as a concept, is no longer completely absurd, just a bit laughable. What will the perception of knife control be in another decade?
The UK is experiencing increased cases of knife violence, particularly with machetes. Some British stores have voluntarily removed kitchen knives from their store shelves. This mirrors U.S. gun control campaigns that pressure stores to cease gun sales. Look no further than Dicks Sporting Goods gun control campaigns. It’s the same formula, just using a different item.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.