In Britain, the Government has developed a shatterproof pub glass. Why? They want to lower healthcare costs by creating a pint glass that can't be broken and used as a weapon.
"There are about 87,000 alcohol-related glass attacks each year, with many resulting in hospital visits, Home Secretary Alan Johnson said."
Think about that for a second. Violent attacks with glassware are enough of an issue that they have to ban glass and come up with a shatterproof alternative. They banned glass pints because drinkers were breaking them and assaulting one another with them. Also, given what we know of the UK that 87,000 figure is most likely vastly understated.
Hmmm, that sounds like a country with a serious cultural problem, one where wanton, predatory violence is a culturally acceptable norm. Here in America we can carry guns & knives into bars and yet we don't see that kind of violence. Hell, I carry a knife virtually everywhere and have often carried a Sig into bars.
Any society that adopts predatory violence as an acceptable behavioral norm while criminalizing protective violence is one that is destined for failure. We see it in the UK and we see it in inner city America. Once that cultural shift has occurred everyone who accepts and acts upon that new behavioral norm is dangerous. When predatory violence is the acceptable, even preferred means of interpersonal interaction no amount of hardware fixes are going to revive the fatally damaged software.
It's the culture stupid! (and it's not the drinking) The Brits have identified the wrong problem and they keep throwing bandaids on it while ignoring the puss-filled, festering wound that's staring them in the face.
Britain gets more and more insane daily. I wouldn't even mention it, except that the Liberals in this country espouse the same viewpoints and the same "solutions" while failing to acknowledge the failure of those solutions across the pond.
Via Bruce, who describes the problem as,
"the runaway nanny state culture of a government that treats its subjects like children incapable of making their own behavioral choices, and then feigns surprise when they act as, well, children incapable of making their own behavioral choices."
Those in power act like idiotic children. Why should they expect their subjects to act any more responsibly?