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Blunt Object Control -- The Next Frontier:

Medical News Today (seemingly a U.K. site) reports:

The prevention of attacks involving kicking or blunt objects is just as important as preventing knife violence, new research from Cardiff University shows.

A team from the University's Violence Research Group found that injuries inflicted with feet were more likely to result in severe injury than any other method of assault....

Professor Jonathan Shepherd, who led the research, said the surprisingly severe injuries from kicking and blunt objects should make them just as high priorities as knives in violence reduction strategies.

Professor Shepherd said: "This might be achieved through public awareness campaigns and tackling alcohol misuse to reduce the chances of people falling over, since victims of violence are usually kicked after they have fallen.

"We also need to take action to reduce the availability of blunt objects coming to hand in licensed premises and city centre streets."

Thanks to Will Brink for the pointer.

UPDATE: Of course, this is the country that gave us the Millwall brick, an improvised blunt weapon made out of rolled-up newspaper, I take it that they need to take action to reduce the availability of newspapers, too. Oh, and "The newspaper sheets can first be wetted with a liquid such as beer or urine to add weight." Charming.

Jeff R.:
"We also need to take action to reduce the availability of blunt objects coming to hand in licensed premises and city centre streets."

The next public-safety innovation:all bar stools to be wrapped in barbed wire.
12.19.2006 6:41pm
cirby (mail):
They apparently have only one recourse.

De-feet.
12.19.2006 6:42pm
Tom Holsinger (mail):
Cirby,

I agree. They must forwith amputate all arms and legs at the torso.

Oops, left out one blunt instrument.

Amputate at the neck too.
12.19.2006 6:56pm
Tom Holsinger (mail):
oog - forthwith

preview is my friend
12.19.2006 6:56pm
roy (mail) (www):
If they keep this up, we won't have any slippery slope arguments left.
12.19.2006 7:01pm
WHOI Jacket:
Please tell me this is satire:

If you outlaw blunt objects, only outlaws will have blunt objects.

What about cricket bats the next time zombies show up to eat your (ex)girlfriend?
12.19.2006 7:11pm
AppSocRes (mail):
The genetic pool of the UK and Europe was severely depleted of male intelligence and general manliness in the Great War and World War II. This is one of the many consequences.
12.19.2006 7:20pm
James Ellis (mail):
What a day.

First I learn that half the teenage girls in the country are wearing kneepads, now I find out that they need shin pads, too.

Thanks, Volokh Conspiracy!
12.19.2006 7:26pm
Glenn W. Bowen (mail):
there was a movement forwarded by some MP to not allow knives with points.
12.19.2006 7:28pm
Maniakes (mail):
When will politicians do something about the real issues, like the running-with-scissors epidemic?
12.19.2006 7:44pm
Pat conolly (mail):
Hmmm, I hope I'm allowed to bring my feet aboard the next time I travel by airplane.
12.19.2006 7:49pm
Mac (mail):
If they would just play football over there the Right way, they wouldn't be so good at kicking things with their feet, not to mention their heads.
12.19.2006 7:56pm
John Burgess (mail) (www):
When I was in the UK, the aphorism went:

"Never hit anyone when he's down. It's far easier to kick him."
12.19.2006 7:59pm
Debauched Sloth (mail):
Sure it's easy to ridicule the Brits for outlawing guns, then pointy knives, then blunt objects(?), but before we get all smug about it, perhaps we should stop and think about whether they might be onto something. Assuming they succeed in their apparent effort to outlaw private ownership/use of weapons, the day will come when government officials (enjoying exclusive access to weapons) and the strongest, most ruthless private citizens (being able to kick everyone else's disarmed asses) will enjoy complete control over others. And really, isn't that one of civilization's great aims -- to concentrate limitless, irresistible power in the hands of government officials and thugs? So I say, "Way to go, weapon-hating Brits!"
12.19.2006 9:56pm
Peter Wimsey:
Actually, it's kind of a nice problem to have.
12.19.2006 10:10pm
lucia (mail) (www):
Should self defense courses add lectures on how to protect yourself against a man armed with a banana?
12.19.2006 10:38pm
Lev:

injuries inflicted with feet were more likely to result in severe injury


yeah, especially when stuck in one's mouth
12.20.2006 12:00am
Virginia Postrel (www):
Too bad this message didn't get to the guys on the bus in Jerusalem.
12.20.2006 2:49am
American Psikhushka (mail) (www):
Virginia Postrel-

Too bad this message didn't get to the guys on the bus in Jerusalem.

That's different. Those guys had God on their side, so it's OK.
12.20.2006 7:04am
Porkchop (mail):

Hmmm, I hope I'm allowed to bring my feet aboard the next time I travel by airplane.


You will be, but they won't let you put your shoes on after you finish going through the security line. They'll be in the bin with the nail clippers.
12.20.2006 7:38am
Porkchop (mail):

Hmmm, I hope I'm allowed to bring my feet aboard the next time I travel by airplane.


You will be, but they won't let you put your shoes on after you finish going through the security line. They'll be in the bin with the nail clippers.
12.20.2006 7:38am
Mongoose388:
Ban all belts and shoe laces too, since they can be used for strangulation or even suicide. Hell, add bed sheets to the list.
This is about as stupid as the government proposal to put a hole in the bottom of all buckets so that the water leaks out to prevent child drowning. Or better yet, the warning on plastic bags not to pull them over your head because you might suffocate. Most small children that have done that probably can't read the warning.
12.20.2006 7:44am
A.C.:
The real question is why British drunks get so violent. In my extensive experience with American drunks, most become pompous and long-winded and then fall asleep -- all without hitting anyone. Why are liquored-up Limeys so intent on clobbering each other, as opposed to boring each other half to death?
12.20.2006 9:38am
Mark Buehner (mail):
Just don't come cryin to me when some homicidal maniac comes after you with a handful of loganberries.
12.20.2006 9:41am
WHOI Jacket:
What is the saying? The English are always 3 pints away from a riot?
12.20.2006 9:49am
Syllabuss:
My favorite part is the effort to reduce alcohol abuse so that people don't fall over and get kicked. I just couldn't stop laughing at that one.
12.20.2006 10:50am
Mongoose388:
Syllabus -"My favorite part is the effort to reduce alcohol abuse so that people don't fall over and get kicked."

Apparently in this, the Brits learned from our Prohibition mistake and prefer to persuade people away from alcohol as opposed to their usual preference for banning that which offends them...
12.20.2006 12:48pm
PGofHSM (mail) (www):
"Actually, it's kind of a nice problem to have."

Agreed.
12.20.2006 3:37pm
markm (mail):

When I was in the UK, the aphorism went:

"Never hit anyone when he's down. It's far easier to kick him."

I received the same advice from the toughest kid in my grade school in Traverse City, Michigan, circa 1963.
12.20.2006 9:07pm