Doctors who contribute to the British Medical Journal are calling for the ban of “long pointed knives" after they published new research showing that with no guns around for use in violent crimes, kitchen knives are the go-to choice.
According to the BBC, “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.” The BBC added that “many assaults are committed impulsively, prompted by alcohol and drugs, and a kitchen knife often makes an all too available weapon.”
After consulting 10 of the top chefs in the UK who told them that “long pointed knives” have little value in a kitchen, researchers believe that there is no reason for those knives to be publicly available.
According to the Journal, while “short pointed knives” may cause superficial wounds, long knives would be able to penetrate deeper and hit vital organs. Because of this, the groups of doctors are suggesting “that banning the sale of long pointed knives is a sensible and practical measure that would have this effect."
While England does have knife laws that “prohibits the possession of offensive weapons in a public place, and the possession of knives in public without good reason or lawful authority, with the exception of a folding pocket knife with a blade not exceeding three inches,” a spokesperson for the Association of Chief Police Officers said, “ACPO supports any move to reduce the number of knife related incidents, however, it is important to consider the practicalities of enforcing such changes."