reply to post by 44soulslayer
Do you think it's reasonable to equate a kitchen knife with a gun or a sword?
I also don't see the need for private citizens to have weapons, and yes, I'd ban crossbows.
The problem here is that the government is again guilty of being wishy-washy and engaing in knee-jerk politics to detract from more serious
Just like new labour always do.
I personally think that limiting the size of a knife that can be carried on your person to less than 3.5 inches is perfectly OK - why would you need
more than that?
As for the gun crime stat - most of those have been shown to be replica's or BB guns or air pistols, but are still classes as gun crimes because of
the way they were used.
i.e. in an "armed" robbery.
de-activated guns will soon join the banned list as well.
I would rather no-one had guns, crossbows, swords, hunting knives, spears, longbows, trebuchets etc etc
There is simply no need to have these things.
Can you name a legitimate NEED? (not just someone wanting them)
Edit to add:
we do have a legal right to defend ourselves - we can use force that is reasonable and consistent with the situation in order to protect ourselves.
The problem is that it may be a judge that decides what is reasonable, and for that reason I would personally take only those steps necessary to stop
a person attacking me.
In other words, once they stop or are incapacitated, go no further or you'll be up on criminal charges.
[edit on 15/4/2008 by budski]