Of course it wasn't a bad law, I haven't read in the papers about any Zombies being killed so it must have workedWhat would you like Ray Mears to say? I don't see any law that affects him. Why would he put his reputation on the line and risk being seen to support laws that would increase knife crime.
The latest knife ban was against zombie killer knives. Does anyone seriously think that is a bad law? You can still buy the exact same knives just without the stupid logos and stuff that would tarnish the reputation of serious tools by association.
Who told you we can defend ourselves and property at all costs? Most states limit allowable self defense to only AFTER you've exercised your DUTY to retreat (in other words, if you can avoid confrontation by leaving/running away you have the duty to do so) This is waived in two cases: 1) Castle doctrine applies in EVERY state (you have no duty to retreat from your own home) or 2) Stand Your Ground which applies in SOME states (if you have a legal right to be in a given place, you have no obligation to retreat) But in EVERY case, in EVERY state, you have the obligation to defend only using the force that's appropriate to the threat, In other words you can only use deadly force IF a reasonable person would believe that they are in imminent danger of death or serious bodily harm (usually considered as permanent harm such as loss of limb, eyesight, etc.)I think you're being obtuse.
If one has a knife and gets into an altercation then one may use the knife to attack/defend themselves.
As I understand it in the UK at least using a weapon whether to attack or defend is illegal, even if morally justified.
As I pointed out at the beginning this is UK centric. The USA system of being able to defend ones life and property at any cost is not really appropriate.
Also in any altercation with two people pulling knives who can say who is the 'criminal'? Surely both must be guilty?
I wouldn't say knife ownership breeds criminality but you have to show responsibility. You have to remember that Bear Grylls is a Chief Scout and as such I imagine he will publically stand by the Scout code of conduct for using/carrying knives http://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/1515/what-is-the-scout-policy-on-the-use-of-knives The Scouts are even more strict on knife carry than the UK legal system going by the info on their website which I find quite surprising. They confirm it's legal for anyone to carry a SAK but go on to discourage anyone carrying knives even to a scout meeting unless necessary. If anyone in the UK would stand up for the right to carry knives I would have thought it would be someone like them. It's really the Scouts who have the image that they teach young boys to be prepared and to use tools like knives responsibly. A few links on Google suggest the Scouts have met with MPs to discuss knive law and demonstrated how their teaching helps breed responsibility with knives.I do not think you should worry about past bans, but bans in the future.
RM and Grylls et al are well known to the broad public. If they say something maybe people (incl state) will start thinking about these things.
Why should they risk anything? By thinking that you are implying that knive ownership breed criminality?
If everybody is quiet about everything, then we are letting the states introduce anything they like on a whim.
The EDC regulations, have they done anything to lessen knife crime?
No, all it has done is making life more difficult for people like us.
Ray Mears and Bear Grylls are basically trademark business names too though and they make a lot of money selling sharp things. The Scouts are also sponsered by Victorinox and loads of their badges and skills still seem to be knife based https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/4000/activity-pack-survival-skills-activity-badge/?cat=7,64,178&moduleID=10 Big legal disclaimers on the resource sheets about knives though. I think it's a big leap to say they're molly coddling the kids but the litigation happy culture we live in probably has a lot to do with it. I wonder what the knife use risk assessments look like.I think you should take into account that the Scouts are a registered charity and a business and will abide by any laws without question, they are totally different from the early days, they are molly coddled today, they arent even allowed to sit on the grass when they are eating, in case they eat something they shouldn't, at one time you had to, and be proud carry a knife as you would always be doing something that required a knife, the basic sheath knife, today knife use is done very little, perhaps they should change there motto to "Be Prepared, if it's legal"
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Not really. They don't care around here but it doesn't hurt to be cautious. I walked up to the woods last year and a bloke was just packing up after shooting targets with an air rifle. It's a public place and he had no permission so he was breaking the law. He had his wife with him and a toddler in a pram though so not exactly a worry to anyone but it was still a bit of a stupid place to go shooting as there's loads of dog walkers and kids around that area. We both walked out of the woods towards the vehicle access point where a police van was parked up with 2 officers standing around looking like they were after someone. The guy had the gun in a case slung over his shoulder and as he walked past the police they didn't even give him a second glance and went back to picking through some litter.You mean that you are afraid of being body searched by a member of the Police force when you walk your dog?