Knife-Rights Lobby Seeks More Rights For Blade-Wielders


Because of a new Arizona law making the state legislature the sole arbiter of knife regulations, the state is considered a knife carrier's dream, a place where everything from a samurai sword to a switchblade can be carried without a quibble, says the New York Times. Arizona’s transformation, and the lifting of a ban on switchblades, stilettos, dirks, and daggers in New Hampshire, has given life to the knife rights lobby, which the Times calls “the little-known cousin of the more politically potent gun rights movement.”

Its vision is a knife-friendly America, where blades are viewed as tools that serve useful purposes and can save lives as well as take them. Knife advocates contend that the Second Amendment applies to knives as well as guns. They focus their argument elsewhere, though, emphasizing that knives fill many beneficial roles. “People talk about how knives are dangerous, and then they go in the kitchen and they have 50 of them,” said D'Alton Holder, a knife maker who lives in Wickenberg, Az. “It's ridiculous to talk about the size of the knife as if that makes a difference. If you carry a machete that's three feet long, it's no more dangerous than any knife. You can do just as much damage with an inch-long blade, even a box cutter.”

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