From the Times of London:"Scotland Tops List of World's Most Violent Countries".
...The attacks have been fuelled by a “booze and blades” culture in the west of Scotland which has claimed more than 160 lives over the past five years. Since January there have been 13 murders, 145 attempted murders and 1,100 serious assaults involving knives in the west of Scotland...
...Detective Chief Superintendent John Carnochan, head of the Strathclyde Police’s violence reduction unit, said the problem was chronic and restricting access to drink and limiting the sale of knives would at least reduce the problem....
Obviously, easy access to sharp pointy things is the problem.
Posted by: Anonymous Coward at September 20, 2005 08:53 AM