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  •  that's a silly argument (3+ / 0-)
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    Nobody really owns swords because they have no practical use at all.  Apart from decoration or cerimonial use, they don't really exist.  Plus sport shooting, target practice, is a lot more common that sport sword play (kendo, fencing).

    So by the sheer amount of ownership, swords are a non issue, though you do hear of people murdering people with them off and on.

    Furthermore swords are always loaded.  People treat them and knives with respect because they can always kill someone.  People don't respect guns that aren't loaded.

    This is a training and education issue.  We should have similar requirements to cars with firearms.  Both are extremely lethal.  But if I was trying to stop lethality, I'd ban cars way before guns.

    Also keep in mind that quality swords cost thousands to tens of thousands of dollars.  Nobody who owns a quality sword is going to use it because you'd damage it and the price to fix it is insane.  Likewise, nobody actually shoots collectors guns because it causes damage to the weapon and when you paid 50 grand or more for it you don't want to screw it up.

    They sit in cases for display.

    Guns are cheap and there is no requirement to be properly educated about them before you own one.  We should have gun, finance, credit, sex, drug, car, and basic safety for things like chemicals and electric in school.  But we don't, and the few areas we try in we fail in because "damn government telling me kids what to do".  There is nothing inherently bad with these things and honestly they aren't all that dangerous at all when people grasp who they work and the issues involved.

    "Foolproof systems don't take into account the ingenuity of fools."

    by overclocking on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 05:59:17 PM PST

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    •  aye, a crazy person can kill with a rock. but when (1+ / 0-)
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      was the last time someone was ACCIDENTALLY killed with a rock?

      "Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy." Dick Cheney –April 30, 2001

      by bladed edge on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 06:29:58 PM PST

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