Looks like if we’d just been patient and waited long enough, that whole American Revolution could have been a whole lot easier, seeing as the British have left guns behind and are confiscating gardening tools and building supplies that could be used as weapons.
Knife crime is a thing in the U.K., and police are serious about it. One police department posted a photo of scissors, needle-nose pliers, and a file found during a weapons sweep, and another police department posted a picture of potentially dangerous gardening tools that were seized.
And if the sight of Cookie Monster reaches your heart and convinces you that you don’t need that pocketknife, there are knife disposal bins around.
My favorite picture of England ever. pic.twitter.com/MhjO0JJdxf
— Weaponized Learn to Code Ranger (@mecantyping) April 11, 2018
So it’s no surprise at all to see Counter Terrorism Policing U.K. asking citizens to rat out anyone buying knives or hammers.
Look again ? …it could save lives.
If you see something suspicious, like someone buying knives, hammers and other objects that could be used to cause harm – ACT.
— Counter Terrorism Policing UK (@TerrorismPolice) January 28, 2019
We did look again, and we saw a man at a hardware store putting a hammer in his shopping basket.
I was in the Bed Bath & Beyond parking lot and saw a woman with a suspicious quantity of throw pillows, possibly to go on a suffocation spree. I need the number of Interpol so I can alert the British authorities
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) January 29, 2019
Saw someone putting fuel in a car. Explosive and could run someone over. I'm here to save lives.
— Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) January 29, 2019
I bought A4 paper that other day. I can harm with paper cuts
— Lackadaisical Skeptical One (@OneSceptical) January 29, 2019
Don’t forget pens/pencils there lads. I’ve seen many movies where they can be lethal!
— Marcus Sivuugun (@Sgnutten) January 29, 2019
Report people buying knives and hammers. ? https://t.co/LKPA3wXgGv
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) January 29, 2019
I'm very confused by this. It's quite normal to purchase tools for your home. How exactly do I tell the difference between someone doing DIY, is a trader, is a terrorist?
— Jo (@MsJamandPickle) January 29, 2019
You know what else knives and hammers are used for? ALOT.
— Thor (@Thorshared) January 29, 2019
Are we allowed to own bricks? https://t.co/fRb7dsZw04
— ImperialButtload (@IButtload) January 29, 2019
Is this a joke? Are you guys joking? Please tell me you're joking.
Are you… locking people up over common, every day tools that almost any home owner has at least 2-3 of? Is this what you're doing across the ocean?
So if a baseboard comes up, uh… what do you use? https://t.co/AhG833s2DQ
— Oliver Campbell (@oliverbcampbell) January 29, 2019
My neighbour has a whole vanload of these dangerous weapons. I confronted him, but he claimed to be 'a carpenter' and said that I was 'nuts' – but that is just what a terrorist would say, right?
— Michael Zorzella (@MichaelZorzella) January 29, 2019
Was looking forwards to a new cutlery set from IKEA, thanks for stopping me going down a dark path.
— Luke Dornan (LKD70) (@lkdornan70) January 29, 2019
I renewed my hammer license today. I'm safe ??
— bleppy (@Bleppilicious) January 29, 2019
. . . unless the guy buying the hammer is Pakistani, in which case we'll arrest you for reporting it. https://t.co/blPuPafpqB
— Mark Krikorian (@MarkSKrikorian) January 29, 2019
— Danny Howard (@dannyman) January 29, 2019
"Oi, got a loicense for that hammer, bruv?"
This is why Americans will never accept anti-#2A gun bans. You can't legislate away free will and the government will never be satisfied while you still have access to hardware stores.
The UK is Clown Future. Don't let it happen here. https://t.co/WpovTaAQSc
— Jon Conley (@Jonathan_Conley) January 29, 2019
I have 4 hammers, 3 drills, a couple of sawblades and bandsaw and 17 screw drivers….and I know how to use them. Waiting for you guys to come knock on my door. No wonder the UK has so many terror attacks if you're so incompetent that you have time to waste bothering handymen. ? https://t.co/pJ5MlmSbOB
— Christian Lind (@aMusicVideoaDay) January 29, 2019
I wen to Home Depot! Holy crap! They have terror weapons RIGHT OUT IN THE OPEN!!! https://t.co/AQl48e2hMU
— Roger and 27 others (@Roger247) January 29, 2019
A national registry for people who buy hammers? It's about time
— Jack Kemp (@9thHUDSec) January 29, 2019
I mean, if you have to keep banning and asking for people to look out for and changing the streets to prevent repeated attacks, maybe the problem isn't the tools??
— Christopher R Taylor (@KestrelArts) January 29, 2019
OMG: Take a look at these 'weapons' found by British police during a sweep https://t.co/XeB9CPaCA8
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 9, 2018