Hell in a Handbasket - 1 samurai sword vs 5 in chains and hammers

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  1. Ceicei

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    This is an article posted yesterday at the "Hell in a Handbasket" website. It mentions a story that happened last year about a break-in somewhere in England. I laughed when I read it (perhaps because of the way how it is written). Apparently five criminals had chains and hammers and were breaking in when two unarmed detectives came across them and tried to arrest them. They weren't very successful until an unknown person with a samurai sword was able to come to the defense of these detectives.

    Anyway, hope you enjoy this article as much as I did. If you click on this link later than today (articles get pushed down as new ones are added), look for the one entitled "All Scimitars, Sabers, Kopesh, and Katana Are Now Illegal!"

    http://www.hellinahandbasket.net/

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    The citizen should have been hailed a hero. Instead he felt he had to run and hide. Man, it's sad that the safety of five thugs is so important.:flammad:
     
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    The guy was a foolish hero, using a "cheap samuari sword" thinking he's some superhero coming in to save the day. It even pointed out that he didn't use it very well.
    His intentions were very honorable I'll give him that. Kudos for being brave and desiring to help out officers who were outnumbered and unarmed (which is an extreme puzzlement right there all by itself).
    But having a sword in hand does not make one an expert. The spirit of the samurai isn't going to mystically arise within you once you pick up a cheap imitation (or even the real one) of their weapons.
    Thus it was a foolish risk. He is probably patting himself on the back right now and wondering about the designs of his costume.

    Interesting quote from the article.
    This is an ignorant statement if I ever read one, and agree that it's a hysterical viewpoint of owning a gun, the owner has to pick it up and point and squeeze the trigger so the owner is the dangerous one not the gun itself... just as if the gun is lying on a table, even if it's loaded, cocked and ready to fire... it's not going to do anything til someone picks it up or knocks it off the table to the floor (where it might discharge).
    Same with a coiled cobra. Sure it'll strike if you move towards it as to pet it. But leaving it alone... it'll uncoil and find a nice niche to hide in so it can't be bothered.
     
  4. Tez3

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    Both South Shields and the town mentioned in the article Hartlepool are about half an hour away from me, I haven't heard of the story before I must admit but I doubt they guy had the sword for any actual good motive! Both places are such that police officers going on raids there are usually armed, they are very rough places. The North East of England prides itself on it's hardmen and some of the 'best' are found there. Hartlepool however is best known for trying and hanging it in the mistaken belief it was a French spy in the Napoleonic Wars and you can still wind them up nicely by mentioning it (that happens a lot at footbal matches lol)
     
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    So Orwellian! :rolleyes: Welcome to the NEW dark ages!
     
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    I've had this argument/discussion on another thread, they aren't illegal for martial artists and collectors just chavs, yobs and criminals.
     
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    Ok, Tez, criminals we all know. Yobs I've picked up from other posts of yours and Marks...but what the hell is a chav?!:hb:
     
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    Well what do you expect him to do? He was in England, the land of total gun control and where there is peace and harmony (so they say...)

    He didn't have a Glock. If he had of had that, the five thugs would have been the ones running and no one would have been hurt.

    He did what he could do with what he had.

    Remember that.

    When ever it goes down for you, you won't have that dream weapon nor be buffed up and ready to rumble. Brother Murphy will see to that.

    You may very well be caught on the deck and will have to fight from a very disadvantagous position to start with. You do what you can with what you have.

    Deaf
     
  9. kidswarrior

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    I think what makes your statement so hair raising, is how close to home it strikes for us Americans. The idea of having to *prove* it was self defense...is, well, pretty close to trying to prove you're innocent. And we were never supposed to be required to do that. :cool:

    My thoughts, too. :bangahead:
     
  10. Tez3

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    Chavs are a blight on mankind lol!
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&...ine:Chav&sa=X&oi=glossary_definition&ct=title


    Perception of other peoples countries and behaviours is a strange thing! Believe it or not we like it the way it is now, total gun control, hell yes that's what we want, there's no mass uprisings demanding we are armed.
    I think you have to know our laws a little better before you criticise us! We are allowed to use reasonable force to defend ourselves and despite what you may have read or seen on the news NO person has ever been prosecuted for legally defending themselves or their families or their homes. There was a well publicised case of a householder killing an intruder and being sent to prison for it but the facts of the case were well muddied by the media and others. The police in fact had been after him for a while, while the lads who broke into his house were undoubtably wrong, the householder's acts were equally criminal. The facts of the case were ignored and he was taken up as a cause celebre. He was actually arrested a little while ago for another violent act that no one could justify this time.
    Personally I take with a large grain of salt any report I read in a newspaper or see on the news. You should see the hysterical and false reporting MMA gets!
     
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    If I came across as targeting the UK, my apologies. I was actually thinking of the application to the US when I posted. :)
     
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    No Tez. We did not establish this. We established that the law as written was stupid, overbroad, badly written, ineffectual, and tromped on the religious traditions of a couple prominent minorities. You provided vague assurances that police would only apply it when they wanted to and that that there were no actual safeguards against police using their powers of discrimination with *heh* discrimination. I note that two out of the three words describing Those People you mention are class-based in the best Anglo-American tradition.

    Once again, it's not your fault. You don't write the laws. You just enforce them.

    Further, you assume that he had evil attempt based on the price tag of the tool. Status crime once again.

    No matter what you telepathically gleaned from the aether his actions were good. He defended the good people from demonstrated murderous criminals.
     
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    Hear hear! Tellner! You speak the truth.

    Deaf
     
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    well if some of the democratic liberals have their way it will be the same here in the USA>. the difference is the supreme court of the United States of America has ruled that the cops have no duty to defend you.. YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN IF ATTACKED LEGALLY!! sorry that the same idiotic stuff has taken over in the UK and much of Europe from what I understand... if you dare to hurt the criminal that wants to murder you in most of Europe you will be prosecuted...
     
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    A most wise attitude, Irene :tup:.

    I've found myself that sometimes the hardest thing to do is just leave a subject alone when I haven't effectively got my point across. But sometimes you have to, for the sake of your own inner peace if nothing else :D.
     
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  18. Tez3

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    Sukerkin, I've spent the weekend in York and the 'sword' shop there still has all the swords in the window. Every recreation of film and mythical swords as well as historical ones going! Plus Nunchukas,Sai and knives of all discriptions. The shop is just down from the Minster. I also went to the Japanese shop and bought a book by Nicklaus Suino called "Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship", I'm going to teach myself how to use my Bokken!!
    Today I was at the Yorkshire Air Museum, a memorial to the Allied and British Air Forces, sobering to see all the young people who died for our freedom. Not off subject in an oblique way!
     
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    An interesting 'real world report' there, Tez :tup:.

    As to Suino's book, I've had it for quite a few years and haven't really had much use out of it. It's fragmentary snapshots of drills could well be very handy for someone just starting out tho', especially someone not of Japanese mindset because of the very fact that it breaks things down so far.

    I find Suino's "The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship" much more useful to me in Iai but that one really does need a sensei to guide you through it (that said, I eleive it has been revised recently).
     
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    Sadly I have no one to teach me so a book the best I'm going to get for now!123
     

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