h/t to @AoSHQ:
The True Tale of Buying a Knife in China
I decided to buy a chopping knife, because cutting vegetables should be enjoyable, so I went to Carrefour across the street from campus. Carrefour is like a French version of Walmart that carries basically everything. In my Carrefour they sell clothing, backpacks, bikes, groceries of all kinds, rice cookers and other home appliances, dishes, beauty products, home and automobile cleaning products, and more.
They do not sell knives, as I found out. Following some stabbings last decade, and in the run-up to the 2008 Olympics, knife sales in China began to be restricted. As far as I’ve found, there’s no place in the central city to buy a big, sharp knife. I had to go to IKEA on the south side to find one.
[Lengthy explanation of the complexity of buying and taking possession of a knife in China.]
For a kitchen knife this seems like overkill to me, but it would be good if buying a gun in America were at least this difficult. Recording identification and keeping weapons in a place where not just anyone can grab them just sounds sensible. If it were just up to me I’d probably require a safety certification as well, but this would at least be a start.
The comments are pretty good, too. 🙂 Click here to read the whole thing.