An increase in fatal stabbings has led to a staggeringly short sighted bit of proposed deterrence.
Rather, says Dr Beckett, it's a possibility for design to help save lives.
"Car manufacturers constantly refine their product to make them less likely to cause harm. Razor blades have been redesigned so as not to slit your throat.
"Kitchen knives could be redesigned so that they retain their cooking function, but are not lethal. But as it stands, you can go into a supermarket and buy for £10 something that's a murder weapon - no questions asked."
And a redesigned kitchen knife can be easily modified back into a lethal weapon. A $40 angle grinder and five minutes is about all one would need. In fact it's not hard at all to imagine Dr. Beckett's proposals become reality and a nifty little niche of black marketeering is born. I suppose Dr. Beckett would then suggest banning or altering angle grinders?
(Nod to Whited Sepulchre. and Nick M.)