Danish knife laws and their unexpected consequenses
When laws take it too far
As in almost every society around the globe, we see that violence among people in general and young people in particular is growing. A society wants to protect its citizens as well as possible, and try to legislate in order to do so.
In Denmark we have very strict weapon laws, and it's not easy to get hold of a gun. You have to have a special license, which only few people obtain. If you're a hunter eg., you have to take both a theoretical and practical test. You have to keep your weapon in a special locked cupboard, and keep the ammunition locked up another place than the weapon itself. So actually we don't see many shooting episodes caused by young people getting hold of guns that weren't bought with criminal intentions. I like the fact that most homes have no access to guns
But knives are a problem, some knives being illegal too, but they are so much easier to get hold of. Every household have their share of knives; a lot of jobs demand using a knife, and even the scouts learn how to use it. There a laws very strictly restricting the use and transport of knives, which is a good thing.
But lately it seems that danish authorities suffer from paranoia! Last week a young man was sentenced 7 days of prison for having two hobby knives in his car, meant for using at his job, where he had to cut up used cardboard boxes at the petrol station where he worked every morning. 7 days of prison was bad enough for forgetting to remove the knives, but the worst thing was, that with a sentence for offence against the law like this one, his dreams of getting a future within the police were forever gone! This is really taking the laws too serious. There were no signs of him wanting to use the knives for anything criminal, they were just discovered through a routine control of his car.
At least the sentence has been appealed and will be tried at the Supreme Court in Denmark. I care for safety, but fear a society where paranoia leaves no room for common sense.