I know I'm generally being ignored on this thread but it is really important to stick to the facts when writing to your MP. A 2 second google search will find instances of flick knife arrests in the last couple of years alone so saying they haven't been seen since the 80s or that no flick knife crime occurs these days just makes you sound naive.
Also does your MP really need to waste his time telling you why a restriction on alcohol sales isn't included in the 'offensive and dangerous weapons act'?
thank you for raising these! I will repost on Edge Matters.
I may not agree with you on all points, but I am not ignoring you. Have you noticed that I changed the title of this thread almost as soon as you pointed out that it was misleading? I would love to be able to be able to filter and fact check every part of every statement everyone on here makes, to ensure that only "truth" is repeated, but that isn't possible, not least because figuring out what is truth and what is opinion, bias, or previous misinformation in such a contentious debate is dang hard. Would I use the same statements in a letter of my own? No, I want to be sure that I can support and back up what I write. Do those letters give me ideas and inspiration, most certainly.
Maybe it is worth being more deliberate and thoughtful before writing to MPs, spending time doing more research. Just so long as one doesn't get analysis paralysis and fail to post anything at all.