Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson announced laws to ban swords unless sold for legitimate reasons. Shops selling swords will need a licence, as will businesses dealing with non-domestic knives and other bladed weapons such as machetes.
The measures are the latest steps from the Scottish Executive to curb the problem of knife crime.
Next, Scotland plans to ban the buying of 2x4s and bricks by anyone who isn't a government licensed carpenter. "That's an offensive weapon, that is!"
There are so many things wrong with this I don't even know where to start...
How many people were actually killed by swords in the last year in Scotland? I bet you it's single digits. Guns are already illegal in Scotland, so most thugs carry... knives. I'm sure there were a lot of stabbings by knife last year in Scotland. But death or injuries by swords?? If it's the weapon that bad guys are actually using that you want to make less available, if it's knives that are the problem... then how about we ban knives? Hm? HM??
I'm not saying I think a ban on knives is the right thing to do. I'm just saying, even if I accept the premise that we should take away a certain tool from everyone just because the bad guys abuse it, this law STILL doesn't make any sense. They are proposing a ban on dump trucks in an attempt to prevent hit and runs performed by people driving passenger cars.
But I guess I shouldn't be surprised. The kind of mentality that says, "We should ban X because *I* think it's scary" is not one that's generally based in rational thought.