Isn’t that just typical? Just as soon as I get done venting my spleen about cluelessness on the far side of the pond, I discover that — as usual — when it comes to home-grown idiots, the good old USofA takes a back seat to no other village world-wide.
Sometime in the mid-1950’s, someone parasitizing the United States Federal Government (but I repeat myself) saw one too many showings of West Side Story, The Wild One, and/or Rebel Without A Cause and decided that switchblade knives were the weapon of choice for disaffected youths and uppity ethnics.
Never you mind that switchblades are inherently more fragile. delicate and prone to (catastrophic) failure than your standard, legal, found-everywhere steak knife — minorities liked them. And that made switchblades Bad Things.
So, we wound up with the Federal Switchblade Act of 1958 in all of its illogical, racist glory.
Fast forward to 2009 and some clueless pencil-pushing smacktard at the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection decides that the Switchblade Act of 1958 doesn’t ban enough things.
Yes, Gentle Readers! In their part to help in this time of financial instability and general nervousness, the CBP has decided to unilaterally invoke a rule of their own and potentially make any knife that can be opened one-handed unlawful.
A light must be shined upon this outrage; CBP must understand that the American public knows what they’re trying to do and Does Not Approve Of It.
Blog this; write letters; inform your kith and kin; and (politely) demand that your Congresscritters firmly bring the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection to heel.
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