According to a new British “knife surrender” campaign, “only cowards carry knives.”  

In 2017, U.K. law enforcement introduced bins with Cookie Monster’s visage printed on them, which read, “Only Cowards Carry” to raise “weapon awareness.”

In 2018, London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted about knife violence, writing, “No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife. Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law.” 

He also implemented “knife control” to combat the crimes. 

Wait, so Brits are supposed to give up knives because Cookie Monster says so?  I carry one pretty much every day…as do most of the men I know.  Does that make us cowards?  Does the government think criminals — those likely to stab someone — are voluntarily turning in their knives?  

You can imagine how well this went. Apparently, one of those “knife surrender” boxes was broken into.  In other words, the “cowards” did not respond in the way the government expected:

According to a report in the U.K.’s Metro, the theft took place March 13, and the suspects were caught on a CCTV camera. Police had been collecting the knives through the surrender box as a move to promote knife control, after a “52 percent spike in knife crime” over the last year.

Just a day after local authorities installed the knife box, a group of men broke into the bin and stole all the knives.

“On the evening of March 13, the knife surrender bin in Weston was broken into by a number of people,” PC Jon Biggins told the outlet. “The contents were recovered a short distance away, and the whole incident was caught on CCTV.

Good grief.  What a complete and utter waste of energy and “virtue signaling.”

Are government officials really this stupid?  

Wait…don’t answer that.  Too scary.

I know this for sure.  I will not be shamed into not carrying a pocket knife. Not only will that not reduce crime, how am I supposed to open things?  Mhy teeth? A spoon? Toenail clippers?  A water bottle?  A sock? 

Maybe Cookie Monster will help.

Image Credit: Primal Survivor

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Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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