Headline writers for news outlets and web blogs must have a guide book where it says to blame eBay any chance they get. Put eBay in your headline and you will be found by the search engines and will be picked up around the world.
Today's news from the United Kingdom (Great Britain or England as some know it) has the headline EBAY SELLS KNIVES FOR 99P http://www.express.co.uk:80/posts/view/51305/Ebay-sells-knives-for-99p. They then go on to link eBay as a major source of knives for the growing street problem. Somehow they imply that since many of these knives are shipped free, there is no way to verify age. I am not sure how postage verifies age, but maybe it is something unique to the UK.
If eBay UK is like the US then no one under 18 is supposed to be able to buy or sell, but they don't mention that. They counted up over 15,000 deadly weapons on eBay but failed to mention whether these included chef's knives or other food related knives.
One police office acknowledged that ANY knife could be used as a deadly weapon, but…… How about barbecue tools, screw drivers, or anything that can be sharpened. Creativity for making these things is not limited to prisons or TV shows. If someone wants a weapon, they will find or make it.
They mentioned that a young man was killed by a crowd using a baseball bat and a knife. They did not say which one actually dealt the lethal blow, so maybe they should regulate bats. Look at how many are out there and what about that paddle they use for another game, croquet mallets, polo clubs or whatever they call them.
Now I am not trying to make light of a persons death, nor of folks trying to make a better world but folks get real! Try looking at your society, your morals, ethics, and responsibilities being taught. This is not a UK problem, it is a "civilized world" issue. Our civilized world is teaching our kids that they are not responsible for being civilized, it is someone else's fault.
In a way, they are right. Our society has lost a lot of its' backbone, but that should not excuse an individual's actions. Nor does it mean that you have to keep restricting our rights or blaming eBay for all the ills of this world.
Did eBay force a German couple to put their baby up for sale or a college student for trying to sell his vote? French courts seem to think that eBay encourages and facilitates fake sales, even though eBay never sees or takes posession of the item. It is not the scammer's fault, it's eBay. They conspired to help them do it so the people are not guilty, eBay made them do it.
Hopefully, that mentality is only in the French courts but I don't think so.