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They can have my samurai sword when they pry it ...
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, December 12, 2007

From my cold dead fingers.

Well they've banned guns and the criminal attacks and murders continued, so now the UK is banning samurai swords.
Britain plans to ban the sale of samurai swords because the weapons have been used in a number of serious, high-profile attacks.

The Home Office (Britain's Interior Ministry) said on Wednesday the swords would be added to its Offensive Weapons Order from April next year, meaning they could not be imported, sold or hired.

[...]

The Association of Chief Police Officers said the swords were not a common weapon but they had been used in a number of significant incidents.

In 2000, Robert Ashman murdered a Liberal Democrat councillor at the offices of Cheltenham MP Nigel Jones, who was also seriously hurt in the attack.

A year earlier, Eden Strang seriously wounded 11 people when he went on the rampage with a samurai sword at a Roman Catholic Church near his home in Thornton Heath, south London.
I wonder what's next.
 
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Mandatory handcuffs, leg restraints, and GPS locators.

What a bunch of #@&*( sheep.
 
Written By: Robb Allen
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Naturally, the more creative criminals become with weapons, the more their government restricts innocent citizens. Keep up the good work, lads!
 
Written By: the wolf
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What about poin-ted sticks?
 
Written By: looker
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Fruit, "Come on come at me like you mean it"
Also the UK Government might contmeplate outlawing 16T weights.
 
Written By: Joe
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Better get rid of the spoons (I assume knives and forks are already sensibly outlawed) least someone pluck out an eye.
 
Written By: Grimshaw
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edit: ’lest’ not ’least’

 
Written By: Grimshaw
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Here’s what they ban next.
 
Written By: ChrisB
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I had a friend who bought a sword while on a trip to Spain.
He asked the airline (British Airways I believe) what handling was required to bring it back to the US.
They replied .. you will love this .. just put it in the overhead compartment.

So, the idea that you could fly into Japan with your samurai sword sitting next to you (ala "Kill Bill Vol 1") doesn’t see that far out.
 
Written By: Neo
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what’s next ?

Pointy sticks and bananas.
 
Written By: Neo
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They could solve all of their problems if they just ban crime. When crime is outlawed, only outlaws will be criminals!
 
Written By: Random Numbers
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HISTORIAN’S WIFE:
Yes, they’re the ones. I’m sure.
INSPECTOR:
Come on. Anybody armed must go, too.
OFFICER #1:
All right. Come on. Back.
HISTORIAN’S WIFE:
Get that one.

OFFICER #1:
Pull that off. My, that’s an offensive weapon, that is.
OFFICER #2:
Come on. Back with ’em. Back. Right. Come along.
INSPECTOR:
Everything?
[squeak]
OFFICER #1:
All right, sonny. That’s enough. Just pack that in.

[crash]
CAMERAMAN:
Christ!
 
Written By: looker
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Well, there’s been talk of banning kitchen knives with points, but evidently enough sensible people still reside in Britain that that hasn’t happened.
 
Written By: Sigivald
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"but evidently enough sensible people still reside in Britain"
I’m hard pressed to believe it. Is there another country on the planet that has more dramatically about-faced its cultural history?

 
Written By: Grimshaw
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Swords? The UK would be a lot safer if they banned darts, soccer, and beer rather than swords. Come on Parliament, don’t you have the courage of your convictions?

yours/
peter.
 
Written By: peter jackson
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I wonder what’s next.
Steak Knives. Dangerous things, steak knives.


and butter knives better not try to be coy: they have their eye’s on ’em, too.
 
Written By: Joel C.
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Reckon it is just protectionism against the Japanese by Gordon Brown, payoff for his backers in the powerful Claymore Makers Union.
 
Written By: unaha-closp
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Meat skewers, skewers are very dang-er-ous.
You could have your eye out with one of them if you wasn’t careful.
 
Written By: looker
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Soft pillows and comfy chairs are soon to be banned.
 
Written By: Phil Smith
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Soft pillows and comfy chairs are soon to be banned.

Except for the Spanish Inquisition....
 
Written By: Joe
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Figure that laws against owning weapons are a big part of what drove a lot of Asian martial arts. There are whole styles that primarily employ short weeding tools as weapons.
 
Written By: Synova
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Once your balls have been confiscated, does it really matter what else they take from you?
 
Written By: Jeff
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Except for the Spanish Inquisition....
well, it is Britain. I didn’t expect the bloody Spanish Inquisition.
 
Written By: Joel C.
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"I wonder what’s next."

I don’t know what’s next but I am pretty sure fingernails and teeth are not too far behind. What? surgery is too extreme, you say? But they have already been castrated.
 
Written By: timactual
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What about poin-ted sticks?
Just carry around a 16-ton weight!
 
Written By: the wolf
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...anything that has been used as a weapon to commit murder and has no other use.....
 
Written By: Blewyn
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So, the idea that you could fly into Japan with your samurai sword sitting next to you (ala "Kill Bill Vol 1") doesn’t see that far out.
As someone who regularly goes to Japan, it is harder to get in and out of Japan with a sword that anywhere else. You need a special license from the Japanese government to get a shinken (real blade) to bring it in and out. Real swords in Japan are very tightly controlled and are as hard to get legally.

Perhaps the UK gov will do that so that sword practitioners can continue.

But banning this things is really rather silly. The amount of skill to wield them adequately takes years and most of the time they are more dangerous to the practitioner as evidenced by the number of accidentally cut off thumbs, fingers, toes and ears.

I bet they will attach this to other types of sword weaponry like FMA bolos and the like.
 
Written By: capt joe
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I recollect the locals in African nations are fairly effective when using machetes in the commission of mayhem.

How far is a machete from being a sword?

 
Written By: looker
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The japanese did this during the time of the Shogun. They kept having to ban more and more, including pipes, sticks and lenghts of chain. It still didn’t help, and it only spurred the development of Ninjas.
 
Written By: the Brain
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How far is a machete from being a sword?
Not very far.

Or a lawn mower blade a la Sling Blade.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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Pretty soon all their government will allow them are spoons. And those spoons will have to be checked daily to ensure they’re not sharpened into "shanks".

Criminals, of course, will do what criminals do best: ignore the laws.
 
Written By: Veeshir
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