In its latest and broadest attempt to get knives off the streets and especially out of the hands of young people, the British government announced a nationwide knife amnesty program, says USA Today. Police hope to collect 30,000 knives that will be turned in at police stations, churches, supermarkets and schools around the country.A knife amnesty.
Coming soon, a stapler amnesty and a paper amnesty (that Reflex stuff can give a cut that stings like fury!).
I'm waiting for the harsh words amnesty. I'm looking forward to going to the collection centre and telling them where to go.
Norman Brennan, director of the Victims of Crime Trust, calls the amnesty program, "no more than a public relations exercise."Well of course it's a PR exercise - hand in your Bowie at the local Tesco and buy a cleaver in the kitchenwares aisle.
The victims' rights advocacy group proposes tougher penalties, including a mandatory five-year prison sentence for anyone possessing a knife.I can just see the Pommie coppers kicking in granny's door for possession of a paring knife (and half a dozen julienned carrots).