The UK has become notorious for its knife violence epidemic in recent years.
Given its island status and lack of a right to bear arms, the country has witnessed an uptick in knife crimes. When guns are banned, criminals will just switch to other weapons.
Additionally, UK citizens have no effective means of defending themselves.
Instead of advocating for a citizen empowerment solution such as expanding gun rights, public figures in the UK believe the answer is knife control.
Church leaders in the Diocese of Rochester are now calling for tougher regulations on the sale of domestic knives.
They wrote a letter urging for the ban on pointed kitchen knives sales. The letter also received signatures from top crime experts, Members of Parliament, and community leaders.
This letter came after a conference titled The Point in Chatham brought the issue of knife violence up, with statistics showing that there has been an 80 percent increase in knife-related crime in the UK since 2014.
The signers pressured the UK government to “take urgent measures to promote the sale of safe kitchen knife designs and restrict those designs which have been used in so many acts of violence.”
The letter argues that domestic knives are no longer necessary.
“Historically we needed a point on the end of our knife to pick up food because forks weren’t invented. Now we only need the point to open packets when we can’t be bothered to find the scissors,” the letter declared.
It continues: “A five-year study in Edinburgh found that of the sharp instruments used in homicides, 94 per cent were kitchen knives. Research demonstrates kitchen knives are used in a large percentage of homicides due to their availability and lethal nature.”
In the letter, the signers stated that reducing knife availability will in effect reduce crime.
Criminologists have demonstrated that reducing availability in turn reduces crime. The UK has worked for the public good by restricting handguns, paracetamol, smoking in public and plastic bags – now it is time to say ‘no bloody point’.
The letter and conference were part of a month-long knife crime awareness campaign in September, which received backing from the Diocese of Rochester, the Church of England in Medway, and the London Boroughs of Bromley and Bexley.
Airbnb CEO Says Wuhan Virus Will Fundamentally Transform Domestic Travel
Post-pandemic America will not look the same.
Brian Chesky, the CEO of Airbnb, said to Reuters on January 14, 2021 that domestic travel patterns will not revert to pre-Wuhan virus pandemic standards.
In a Zoom call with Jonathan Weber, the global technology editor for Reuters, Chesky said that business travel will move towards leisure travel due to the fact that software like Zoom facilitates teleconferencing at unprecedented rates.
Furthermore, Chesky speculates that people won’t be visiting America’s largest cities as much as before, nor will they stay at crowded hotels. Instead, he believes that “many people will travel by car – some will travel by plane – and they’re going to travel to thousands of smaller communities. And many of these communities are going to be smaller cities and or even rural areas.”
Additionally, the Airbnb CEO notes that “farm stays are huge right now” and that national parks travel will become a major trend among travelers in the upcoming months. The latter will grow, in Chesky’s view, because most Americans have not visited such parks.
According to an Airbnb survey, 54% of Americans have plans of traveling in 2021 or they’re in the process of planning out their trips for the summer. Chesky asserted that travelers are “yearning for what was taken away from them.” He added, “they’re not yearning to see Times Square. What they are yearning to do is to see their friends and their families they have not seen in a long time.”
Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge raised an interesting point about this change in Americans’ travel patterns:
If Chesky is right about the significant travel shift, the hotel industry could be slated for a massive wave of bankruptcies and or consolidation to a degree never before seen.
Regardless, Americans are getting tired of the Wuhan virus lockdowns. Millions of Americans have had their freedoms infringed upon thanks to politicians who want to exploit a generalized crisis for their own gain.
If Republicans were smart, they would be unapologetically campaigning for their states to be reopened. Americans want to go back to their normal lives and engage in activities such as travel, which the political class has deprived them of.
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