Amy Wilson at the Rural Blog links to a post at Metrotrends Blog on 10 crime myths. For anyone under 40 you're safer from crime now than you've ever been. I'd question his statement on fingerprint matching being "entirely subjective" but otherwise it seems well founded.
My point: the public can panic based on false impressions.
What's the puzzle: what category of people is excluded from a switchblade ban? Go to VC for the answer.
[Updated to change to "moral panic".