Letter to the editor: Sensible knife laws

August 21, 2014

knife crimeOPINION By GARY KIRKLAND

The senseless tragedy a few weeks ago in the Santa Barbra area clearly demonstrates we need some sensible knife laws.

Our legislators and the governor should require manufacturers to sell knives with handle locks. People should have to register their knives with the local police. No one under 18 years of age should be able to buy a knife, and parents should be responsible if a child obtains an unlocked knife and uses it to harm another. People who want to buy a knife should have to take a knife safety class and the law should require a 15-day waiting period after purchase before delivery. Felons and the mentally insane should not have the right to have knives. Law enforcement officials should have the right to confiscate knives from mentally unstable people if their family or friends report the unstable people to the officials. The government needs to encourage rat finks.

I do not understand why U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstine or Barbara Boxer have not introduced legislation in Congress that would ban assault knives. It is obvious our elected leaders are in the pockets of the National Knife Association (NKA). Relatives of the victims need to go to Washington and campaign for new laws. If just one person dies because we do not have sensible knife laws that is one person too many. People: contact your elected representatives and demand that they keep knives out of the hands of criminals, the insane, and children by enacting sensible knife laws.


46 Comments

  1. Slowerfaster says:

    I would like to regulate stupidity too …especially naked attempts at satire by the unqualified and fatuous. Attempts that turn out to be simply naked displays of unintelligent snark.

    But, there may be some utility in the publishing of such patent nonsense as to reveal the pen behind it. Sort of like a visual Darwin test.

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    • Extremely Stoic says:

      So much for tolerance. Open you heart and embrace your fellow man.

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    • Liberty1948 says:

      Would you honor us with your brilliant satire as I can see you are excellent at it from your response to my letter, no ad hominum attacks there.

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  2. SandyK says:

    Knives have “other” uses besides killing someone Gary….this is about the dumbest thing I’ve ever read in an op ed…….you’re not serious, right? It’s not even clever sarcasm. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say you are freakin’ stupid.

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  3. shelworth says:

    What worries me is that “They” might just listen to him.

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  4. SamLouis says:

    Now of course law enforcement officers (working or retired), gov’t workers and the politically connected will be exempt from any new such rules.

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  5. SuperDave says:

    Bob from San Luis is almost right. eBay lobbied a State Assembly Woman three years ago. They got her to pass legislation to legally sell spring assisted knives in California. This was to let eBay rake in millions in sellers fees, and therefor taxable income by California’s Corporate Code. Switchblade remain illegal, but a “Spring Assisted” is now legal, and for sale everywhere. The difference? If you stop a S.A. blade halfway out, it will not proceed when released. A switchblade would continue on after release, as it has a much stronger spring-loaded mechanism.

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