Barbara Dunne hopes the announcement is vindication for years of campaigning against bladed weapons, and samurai swords in particular…
She believes this is a reward for her efforts. “It’s an achievement to get the weapons banned. I don’t want children to keep seeing them in shop windows and thinking it’s normal.”
Go to hell, lady. Like LawDog, I don’t understand why people want us to think that a hunk of metal is somehow abnormal. Now, the next part of this is something that I want everyone who has ever thought “they won’t come after my hunting rifles” to pay attention to.
Fay Goodman is also hoping there will be leniency towards sport.
“I am concerned. It depends on the small print. Martial artists using swords begin with a wooden one, progress to a blunt weapon and finally start using a razor-sharp blade.
These weapons could be banned if the government goes too far.
People need some protection but criminals could use anything. The biggest amount of knife crime is actually domestic violence. Guns were licensed but shootings have only increased.”
You know what they’re banning? The ban targets the “Saturday Night Special” of the sword collecting market. The government says that it’s not going to ban “authorized swords”, but doesn’t really set out a definition of what an “authorized sword” is vs. an “imitation sword”. Like I said – hunters, Cowboy Action Shooters, and anyone else who thinks that their niche of the shooting community is safe should stand up and take note of this. I guarantee that once this initiative does NOTHING to reduce crime, the goverment is going to come after all the other samurai swords. To quote LawDog:
Yeah. Any student of history want to give me an average length of time it takes the average government to go from, “Oh, we’re just going to take these, not those” to “We’re taking those. Now.”
He’s absolutely correct. It’s impossible to look at this situation in England and not draw correlations to our sport shooting culture here in the States. What they’ve done over there is effectively told martial arts enthusiasts that unless they can afford a $5,000 sword, they can’t practice their art. It’s a de facto ban on all swords essentially because the average enthusiast isn’t going to want to pony up five grand. It’s the kind of tactic that Helmke & Co. would love to see copied over here in the US.
I want to point one quote from a Home Office Minister. I’m going to post the quote unedited, then I’ll make two little snips to show you exactly what’s going to happen here:
“We recognize it is the cheap, easily availablewhich are being used in crime and not the genuine more expensive samurai swords which are of interest to collectors and martial arts enthusiasts.”
“We recognize it is the cheap, easily available handguns which are being used in crime and not the expensive hunting rifles which are of interest to collectors and hunters.”