More on the knife ban…

Reason magazine has this to say about the administrations ill-conceived expansion of the federal “switch-blade” ban:

Then there is the Obama administration’s plan to man our borders against the import of pocketknives that can be opened with only one hand. This builds on one of Washington’s more ridiculous gestures, the 1958 federal law against switchblades—which drew attention not because they were more dangerous than other knives but because they were immortalized in movies about teenage hoodlums. This knife, declared a Senate committee, is “almost exclusively the weapon of the thug and the delinquent.”

It was a silly idea at the time, and it doesn’t make any more sense in an age where gangs have a penchant for settling disputes with a hail of bullets. But that doesn’t stop administration officials from targeting even more knives to address “health and public safety concerns raised by such importations.”

Are they serious? Do they really think that if you deprive a violent criminal of one sort of pocketknife, it will never occur to him to use a different and equally lethal pointed implement?

Maybe there are criminals out there who are really that stupid. If so, they missed their calling in government, where the mental deficiency would never be noticed.

Clearly there must be no more other important issues deserving of our governments attention.


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