I’m sure there are more than a few criminals out there who use knives in crimes, but that doesn’t make the knife bad… it’s still the actions of the criminal which must be checked.
At some point I’ll be forced to admit that the overarching strategy of the government (at all levels) is to just regulate, restrict or prohibit so many things that we simply won’t have enough hours in the day to fight them all. When it comes to weaponry our attention is obviously focused largely on gun control, but what about knife control? I was aware that there were specific regulations regarding knives in certain places, but it seems there are quite a few more than I realized. In New York City, for example, there is a debate underway regarding long standing state prohibitions against gravity knives. Legislation has been introduced to either roll back or loosen the laws, but it’s being blocked. And not by who you might think.
As the legislative session in Albany winds to a close — and despite being extended an extra 24 hours — a bill to amend New York’s gravity knife law appears to be dead in the state senate.
What’s surprising isn’t so much the bill’s demise in a busy legislative session, but the breakdown of the votes, and the ideological bizarro-world the measure has created in the state legislature.
For the second year in a row, a liberal, downstate Democrat has proposed a bill designed to end the over-criminalization of pocket knives — a subject the Voice has covered extensively. And for the second year in a row, almost all the opposition to the measure has come from the Republican side of the aisle. In some cases, second-amendment-supporting Republican legislators were actively sponsoring bills to roll back restrictions on firearms even as they helped ensure that New Yorkers — overwhelmingly New Yorkers of color — continued to be arrested for possessing knives.