[A repeat from May 24, 2015] I used to have an illegal weapon. And every once in a while I used it. Know what it was? It was a switchblade knife.
Now mind you my switchblade knife was old and decrepit and had a blade that was maybe two inches long. And it opened with the speed of a snoozing turtle (sh-sh-sh-sh-clunk). And it was d-u-l-l. I used it when I was in the garage cutting up boxes for recycling (“take that box!”). I never had any nefarious designs on anyone with my switchblade. But technically it was illegal. And if I still had it, it would still be illegal. Even though my victims were cardboard boxes.
I have my old Boy Scout knives which are so sharp that I can shave with them. They seem to be far more dangerous. But a switchblade? Outrageous. Illinois remains one of the few states where it is a crime to have a switchblade knife. As I recall one North Shore community outlaws steak knives over 2-1/2 inches in restaurants. “Eeek! A knife!” Maybe Illinois should tax them! Now that’s the spirit.