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Samurai Swords to be Banned in UK

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The UK government announced that samurai swords will be banned by the end of the year because they were used in some serious attacks this year.

The sale, import and hire of samurai swords is going to be illegal in UK. Those who do not follow the ban would be punished with six months in jail and a £5,000 fine.

However, those who posses the genuine Japanese swords and martial arts connoisseurs would be exempt from the ban. According to the government report there was more than 80 serious crimes where imitations of samurai swords were involved over the last four years.

Until now samurai swords can be bought at martial arts shops and on the internet. From the April next year it is planned to ban their sale and add them to Offensive Weapons Order. Currently, 17 weapons are included in the list, including knuckle-dusters and batons. Vernon Coaker, a Home Office Minister said that these swords become dangerous weapons in the wrong hands.

Last year, 11 people were hurt by a man in attack with samurai swords at Roman Catholic Church. Another case was registered when a man was hacking a young woman with a samurai sword. The numerous cases of using these swords in incidents that present a thread to society lead to a decision to ban them.

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30 votes

//108 May 27, 2012 04:37 PM | posted by: solomon chang
this will a democrasy we shall and my nation shall ceep our traddition we will ceep our belives so we will the goverments that they could of banded police guns knowing that there are police killing people and teasuring so it is unfair on my nations and others!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
41 votes

//107 May 27, 2012 04:33 PM | posted by: solomon chang
te samurai have lived with honer witch means each nation ceeps traddition so all in favour say i!!!!!!!!!!!!!
we shall mack our stand i am half japanes witch means i will fight with honor so join me brothers and sisters.
lets make the world a better place for every nation.
35 votes

//106 Sep 20, 2011 02:20 PM | posted by: lapin-rouge
I have a modern stainless steel katana, and a black belt in Iajitsu. Used it for years as part of Karate training. Shame is that now it stays in the wardrobe & I can only take a wooden sword out of the house.

True, it amazed me that before the law, any numpty could go into a shop and buy a pretend sword - but now the ruling has swung too far and I cant teach katana to my students except with a wooden sword which has all the wrong balance!

A 'licenced weapon' law (like with firearms) would have been a better solution.
31 votes

//104 Aug 24, 2011 02:21 PM | posted by: Ninja Gear
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36 votes

//103 Nov 23, 2010 08:00 PM | posted by: Unknown
//99,youre sick in the head you liberal good doer.you think laws will stop the jerks. they dont care . You should lock them up instead of letting them back on the street. The good for nothing laws only punish the innocent. So quit being a mindless dumbass and see the light.
34 votes

//102 Jul 16, 2010 09:19 PM | posted by: phil
Don't fear the weapon only the hand that wields it
36 votes

//101 Nov 09, 2009 11:50 PM | posted by: Khurram
This laws a bunch of bolocks, 2 get my head of all da drugs and everyfin i startd collecting swords worth thousands. people have a passtion to collect swords, and if u think u collecting swords but u stabin people you just scard 2 fight with ur hands and are a joke if you cnt fight with ur hands dnt try being a big man. and as 4 this ban which is gd but also aint because i aint the onli sword collector in the uk and if all us collectors are askd 2 pay a fine let me b the firts 2 say SUK MA DIK TO ALL THE GOVERNMENT THAT HAS COME OUT WITH THE LAW
43 votes

//100 Oct 10, 2009 09:01 PM | posted by: Kain
I have a wooden katana and 3 Blunt katana's but i have the 3 blunts as show. Some people want them for show and respect that in the end yes their swords but if you treat a katana with respect but there is no real places to learn all this when you want to learn. Im the 17 but its mostly people who have nothing better to do and think their clever that go around with this sword to kill
47 votes

//99 Aug 16, 2009 03:22 PM | posted by: Will
It's a very good law. According to recent surveys, the number of knife/sword related crimes have decreased. This shows the effectiveness of this law.
Obviously the ones who want to buy cheap replica swords are teenage punks who think they are trained ninjas because they watch too much TV and spend too much time on the net.
And the majority of knife/sword related incidents are committed by these kids. So by passing this law, it puts yet another weapon out of their reach. And as for you who think swords and knives are the same-they're not. It takes one blow from a sword to cause serious injury or even death. As for a kitchen knife, it takes 2-5 minutes to cause the same damage. So stop whining, grow up and face reality.
29 votes

//98 Aug 14, 2009 08:51 PM | posted by: Ben
I can't believe they've done this dude, what ever happened to This is modern england where people live there lives they want to and have the freedom to do anything, I'm only frickin 13 and even I know this is bad......If I had a sword I wouldn't use it-My suggestion would be that the government hires martal artists (proffessionals of course) who could dis-arm dangerous wielders of weapons, simple and effective.... I wanted a katana to put on my wall this christmas cause I'm learning Ninjutsu and the 18 samurai disciplines, I'd spend huundreds of pounds on katana's to have them taken away..... grr
Uncool and unfair - I'm not a chav or anything i'm just angry cause it robs martal artists of there skills and collectors of there hobby
So unfair!
36 votes

//97 Jul 21, 2009 05:33 AM | posted by: Amy Shaffer
Hi. I live in the United States and I have an authentic Japanese Samurai Sword. It bothers to my fiance's father. He served in WW2 and was injured with the sword. He took it. I was wondering if any of you could tell how to find out what its worth and the name on the sword. It has the family name on the handle. Thank you for any help. My email address is Snowdancer21@yahoo.com.
39 votes

//96 Jul 20, 2009 12:58 PM | posted by: Haddii
What the hell!?!? out of the millions who live in England 80 was murdered! BIG F***ING DEAL! Then it says true swordsman and ancient relic collectors are exempt? Yeah right my arse we're exempt this is bullshit we will spend 1000's of pounds on sword then they will be taken away from us and we will be fined and jailed. NOBODY WILL BE EXEMPT. 80 of millions I can't believe the government do this shit i have an idea if somebody is waving a sword at someone kill them and not the legend that is the sword
36 votes

//95 Jun 24, 2009 03:11 PM | posted by: SOLD OUT
Have a laugh Great Britain!!!!!! Not So GREAT IF You LIVE HERE!!!!!! We have been sold down the river our freedom GONE!!!! Better Britain MY ARSE
38 votes

//94 May 06, 2009 01:55 AM | posted by: Nick McLeod
What the UK is doing is a sign of laziness and cowardliness! What are they going to do next take cap guns away?
37 votes

//93 May 01, 2009 01:30 AM | posted by: Hah
I actually find this particularly funny. Another mundane attempt at 'making the world a safer place' when all they're doing is just posting another way for them to add a law.

"A blade is neither good, nor evil. It is only a tool, with which the user decides its fate and history."

Whether it to be bathed in blood, or used to prevent it being shed, it's all upon the user. All they're doing is preventing swords of a particular kind to be 'legal,' which will not do anything. Do you HONESTLY think that someone wanting to commit murder, or attack someone, knowing FULL WELL the consequences, will ACTUALLY be worried about the legality of their weapon? What kind of self-indulged pig do you have to be to actually even BELIEVE that? In fact, I bet that if you started recording deaths dealt by swords, they would in fact INCREASE.

Hey, all's not lost, though, murderers, rapists, and suicidal people! While they banned swords, you still have knives, rope, toothpicks, mallets, hammers, screwdrivers, saws, vehicles, pens, pencils, plastic bags, forks, buildings to jump off of, computers, television sets, phone lines, tablecloths, cables, shelves, your bare hands, glass jars, beer bottles, outlets, bathtubs and toasters or any other appliance you can get your hands on, staplers and condoms! And if THAT'S not enough to end someone's life, whether someone you hate, you raped, or your own, you could just as easily go to a restaurant if you find yourself without any of these, and they'll happily provide you a fork, knife, tablecloth, glass, and if you really want to, you could even stick yourself in the oven and cook yourself alive!

Ending statement: Jesus Christ, there's a lot of stupid bastards out there.
45 votes

//92 Apr 24, 2009 10:28 AM | posted by: J
Im not even from England...but now im going to go there and buy some samurai swords and go on a mass killing spree as i suspect must be a national crisis and trend for the everyday people if a ban of swords is really necessary. I dont believe in government or the people who are actually in charge of countries because as most with common sense would know they only see us everyday people as a serial number, But yea i was planning on taking a trip to the florida keys this summer but i've decided it would be much more fun to run through the streets of london hacking and slashing my way through crowds of people.
35 votes

//91 Apr 07, 2009 01:34 AM | posted by: _12390529326870.6334515422620327_
//12,

Vicky, current owners will not be charged or be commiting any offence,

the law is against the SALE, GIFTING, TRANFERING, ALTERATION OF OWNERSHIP, IMPORTING, EXPORTING, or any other transaction.

OWNING the swords is perfectly legal.
41 votes

//90 Mar 15, 2009 02:00 AM | posted by: allowDomains
What An Arsehole You Are You Though You Would Have The Last Word,,,You Forgot Me Shitbag!!!!!!!!
42 votes

//89 Jan 20, 2009 09:50 AM | posted by: a better britain
AAAH,So all you wannabe ninja's now cannot get your slimy hands on these fake,use-less swords.
You lack even one stitch of the discipline and courage of any original genuine sword owner which is why you need the fakes so bad.
You have ruined it for yourselves,you deserve what you got...no more junk,worth-less swords...only genuine ones...let the genuine,responsible arms collectors keep and sell them.
I knew that if I gave you enough rope you would hang yourselves.
I know I will enjoy my collection a genuine WW11 jap swords & ephemera.
So long & good-bye.
35 votes

//88 Jan 11, 2009 11:22 PM | posted by: McGhee
Will bokkens be banned? im gettin one anyway just curious :)
Uk is goin all 1984 i think!
49 votes

//87 Nov 17, 2008 11:55 PM | posted by: Glyn
Unfortunately, governments are mostly politcians, who ARE afraid of losing people's votes, and they (the politicians) know very well that more people will vote for someone who says "Sharp edges bad, fewer sharp edges, good", than someone who says "Freedom good". Freedom is too flexible a concept, and politicians know it.

For me, this was just one stupid law too many. Three months before this law came into force I had NO samurai swords, one week before it came into force I had five. (two real ones and three wall-hangers)
38 votes

//86 Jul 26, 2008 08:27 PM | posted by: X
This is the most proposterous thing I've ever read in my life.

Banning the weapon doesn't mind a blind bit of difference. Regardless of what weapons you put bans on, the people who desire them for bad purposes will still either get hold of them or use something else and the only way to stop them is to ban EVERYTHING!!!

And I for one think it's disgusting that even though people are clearly outraged they continue to just post snide comments on sites like this rather than even trying to take it up with the person or people that made it happen.

As it has been said: "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." Because if we all made a big thing of this then odds are they'd call it off!
36 votes

//85 Jul 12, 2008 03:27 AM | posted by: Lauren
For crying out loud. I was so close to buying one earlier in the year and now I can't. Crap.
43 votes

//84 Jul 08, 2008 11:08 PM | posted by: phil
i don't see how this law will realy reduce the amount of crime involving samurai swords it's not as if a murdering mad man is realy going to bothered about wether the instrument he is goin to kill somene with is legal or not
32 votes

//83 Jun 27, 2008 08:16 PM | posted by: Xiertic
Wow... Just... Wow
32 votes

//82 Jun 01, 2008 07:06 AM | posted by: Thomas Shum
Why?
37 votes

//81 May 29, 2008 02:19 AM | posted by: Avatar
If we're going to ban anything that can kill or are actively being used to kill or cause harm, then I’d suggest banning cars as they kill far more people, and are already classed as a weapon "in the wrong hands".

..Just waiting on someone to reply with "you can't ban cars". If you seriously think that's what I’m saying, you need to either start reading books, or go back to school to understand sarcasm.

I can see why they would do this. It's not like we live in an age where we need swords to defend ourselves, but I can't help but think it’s just another step in the direction of a nanny state that tries to protect you from life “just in case”.

If these kinds of actions continue, we'll all be banned from leaving the house “just in case” we step on someone else’s toes, walk into someone else, fall down stairs, or trip when stepping up a curb.

Playgrounds will have bubble wrap on the floor, nothing will be allowed to be over two feet of the ground “just in case” someone falls off it, and kids won't be allowed to play “just in case” they trip and fall and in that 1 in a billion position that breaks their neck.

Okay.. Rant over.
43 votes

//80 May 27, 2008 07:24 PM | posted by: Stan
The article needs a better editor. Online journalism shouldn't be exempt from the regular rules of print journalism, where grammar, spelling, and verb tense are concerned.

As for the subject matter...the quote about the katanas "becoming dangerous in the wrong hands" gave me a good laugh. Just about anything--including hands--can be a deadly weapon in the wrong hands. I know that's already been said several times by commentators, so I'll leave it there.

37 votes

//79 May 20, 2008 04:26 PM | posted by: Colin
The fact of the matter is that ANYTHING can be used as a weapons you cant ban them all. I see why they have banned them but if people want to do something they will get it done. I mean you can kill someone with you're bear hands you cant put a ban on that I say that if everyone had a weapon of some sort nobody would mess with any body. It may not work but putting the ban on weapons will only make the upholding people of the law not get any and the ones that break the law are not going to do what you tell them so basically you have made a place where the insane have weapons and the helpless have nothing. ( Im just stating my opinion and that is all ).
31 votes

//78 Apr 21, 2008 11:04 PM | posted by: painsey
im here in the uk if you wanna get something like a stungun/ katana then get one from german self defence web sites the customs security here in the uk are a joke arm yourselves peole with whatever you can get your hands on
46 votes

//77 Apr 17, 2008 02:33 AM | posted by: Jason
As someone who practices Iaido, I find this ban quite amusing. It is not going to stop any violent crimes whatsoever, but what it does mean is that people who are starting Iaido after the ban are going to find it very difficult to buy swords in the UK. A lot of Iaido dojos quickly bought up the remaining stock of Iaitos, which was a good move, but ultimately this means that as an art form, it is going to be extremely difficult for people in the future to get involved with a living sword art.

Clauses seem to be written into the new law, which seem to be changing quite rapidly. Although no-one can now buy one legally in the UK, they can still be imported, although it is going to make it quite difficult to go through the hassle of picking them up from the postal delivery offices and proving one's 'right' to the sword. So, although it doesn't affect Iaido as of yet, it could well do in the future.

So, to any Iaido practitioners, as I was reminded at training tonight, take extreme care not to damage your Iaito/Shinken as it is going to be highly unlikely you will be able to replace it with such ease as it has until now.
38 votes

//76 Apr 15, 2008 02:07 AM | posted by: Glyn Brain, Newcastle
Steve. I believe that you can still keep it, give it away or leave it to someone in your will, but I'm not a lawyer and a judge may have a different opinion.
36 votes

//75 Apr 13, 2008 03:47 AM | posted by: steve
can somone tel me if my cheapish katana i used to use in aikido "stopped now" is legal or illegal in england and southern ireland
34 votes

//74 Apr 12, 2008 07:06 PM | posted by: dontanion
I know of people with katanas and other type of swords, but they won't go out and attack someone cos they think there a damn ninja. I think just bring the death sentence to england and crime will drop through fear of death.. oh wait it's in-humane to do that, so go on you rapist/murderers/young offenders and so on, be free knowing you'll be out of jail (if you go to jail) to do it again!!
36 votes

//73 Apr 08, 2008 12:31 PM | posted by: Erduk
@ a better britain,

You are the biggest douchebag I've ever seen on the internet. You make such a fool of yourself here...

I especially love the part where you comment on other people's grammar, then spell *whining* as whingeing.

While you're down there, mind sucking the choji oil off my ballsack?
35 votes

//72 Apr 08, 2008 08:20 AM | posted by: justsayin
What next?

Some guy is cleaning his yard of debris and is tackled by bobbies for "brandishing a deadly stick".....Will this madness never end? I feel for you folks over there. How on earth are the elderly, infirm or single man or woman against multiple attackers supposed to defend themselves? It boggles the mind.....
37 votes

//71 Apr 06, 2008 04:37 AM | posted by: Will
USA Guy you are so right, In this so called Great Britain of ours the Law abiding are treated like criminals, you have to be black or foreign to get any rights or respect, Make sure you keep your guns and your freedom, ( God bless you )
35 votes

//70 Apr 05, 2008 11:40 PM | posted by: USA Guy
It's so sad to see your people being systematically deprived of not only the means of self-defense, but to be prosecuted for even daring to defend yourself or by fighting back. Now even some crimes are to be dealt with by stern warnings instead of arrest.

We have been referred to as "gun crazy Yanks" by some, but there are a lot of us who keep guns for protection as well as hunting, and we have not forgotten that there is an inalienable right to self-defense - whether from criminals or a government gone rogue.
36 votes

//69 Apr 04, 2008 03:41 PM | posted by: Mike
The law is very vague, so in theory a double edged samurai sword would be fine as well as a straight edge (such as ninja swords). So technically the sale of the cheap ninja sword would still be allowed.

Even if gangs stop using immitaion japanese swords, they will start using machetes more as they are not included in the ban. Plus how many people have you seen around with swords (of any kind). Kitchen knifes are far more effective. They are dirt cheap, are available everywhere, can be hidden easily and are far easier to wield effectively.

Furthermore, there exceptions such as for collector and martial artists. Neither would even consider buying a cheap imitation sword in the first place.
33 votes

//68 Apr 03, 2008 09:29 PM | posted by: carl
i have 2 katana set on an nice oak stand, it maybe a cheap immiation copy, but after training in akido for 6yrs and being taught on my second day to disarm a knife attack means you'll probably get mugged by a knife weilding moron than some one with a 4foot katana,, what's easier to conceal?? i bought my katana's as we spar with bokkens and grade with a live blade, so my katana's are heavier and balanced better than my bokken.
its a nanny state, we're being stripped of our freedom, to admire art, some "immitation" katana's are beautifull,at the end of the day banning them will send them underground, implement a system where the katana's will have serial numbers engraved in them, and the person that wants to buy them fills out a form attache's said serial number and gives a finger print , if the swords used in crime, theres only one person accountable for it.
any way thats my view on it, whats the goverment going to ban next?? after all britains history is all about conflict and war. they banned immitation firearms/ perhaps they'll ban immitation uniforms/ex military vehicles. paint balling??.
the film loct stoc and 2 smoking barrles sums it up, the crime didnt care on the value of the shotguns they had nicked just the fact they were shotguns, the same's going to happen with swords, statley homes and museums will be ransacked now for weapons.
its all bullshit.. " i am a free man not a number!!"
30 votes

//67 Apr 03, 2008 04:27 PM | posted by: The Duck
You are the people that once ruled the world?
41 votes

//66 Mar 31, 2008 02:11 AM | posted by: lawman
banning samurai swords is not the only thing,they are considering banning ALL swords including fantasy swords and so on,thus adding them to the offensive weapons list.oh and by the way....a shin-gunto is a cheaply made japanese copy mass produced for the army in war time in japan,yes they are COPIES not a 500 year old blade, got it.my katanas are more to the real thing than those mass produced tin stampings they call swords.I also make my own beater swords for knocking about on the field with in re-enactments. are they going to ban them too?that person better britain is the type who have forced this ban on us,because they have no interest in swords,guns,etc,because they do not understand them and are afraid of them, i think they might work for the gov. oh and if and when this government needs (me) indeed us to rise and take up arms to fight for it in times of war...well...nuff said really.
38 votes

//65 Mar 28, 2008 11:47 AM | posted by: VanGaore
Even though I don't live in the UK anymore, I still care about what goes on there. In some ways this is a stupid idea. In other ways it's good. It's silly because people need ways of defending themselves, with the ever growing population of bad people shadowing every person in fear. However it's a good thing because then they will have one less thing to try and kill people with. But they'll find other things... People should have weapons to defend themselves, I think, but just none lethal ones so that you have enough time to run and call the police.
Overall this is action is ironically a two-sided sword (no pun intended).
38 votes

//64 Mar 27, 2008 12:21 PM | posted by: Yank [InfoTOT]
This is a stupid idea brought about by unenlightened people. Banning Samurai swords is not going to stop anything. Just as your handgun ban has not. These laws merely serve to punish the law abiding citizens of your country. Freedom is the key issue that a better britain seems to be missing. He strikes me as the sort who thinks he has everything figured out, is the only source of intelligence in any room he occupies, and thumbs his nose at all of the "less fortunates" An Ebenezzer Scrouge of thought if you will. To the other lad who posted "handgun availability will lead to increased handgun violence" is mistaken. Take my countries Washington D.C. that has the most stringent anti-gun laws anywhere in the U.S. and the death rate from handguns is higher then anywhere. However, those states who have enacted "right-to-carry" laws have seen sharp declines in handgun violence. When my father was young, living in Texas, everyone carried a gun, and there was limited handgun violence, B&E's, or the like. Paranoid dogooders affraid of their own shadow attempting to make THEIR world a safer place actually just endanger the rest of us.
35 votes

//63 Mar 25, 2008 05:38 PM | posted by: S
I've always been fascinated by blades, and since the Kill Bill movies, by Katanas. I have several friends who practise martial arts so I've handled them in the past.
I heard about the bill banning them yesterday. I will be buying one this week. I'd have waited until finding a sensei otherwise. No idea what I'll use it for, but as it's now or never... it'll have to be now :)
51 votes

//62 Mar 25, 2008 05:22 AM | posted by: Mark
All so true.... I can't collect swords anymore.... and I can't remember ever attacking anyone with them so I fail to see why.

Someone mentioned baseball bats before and I'd like to point out that I like baseball, but I am guaranteed to be looked at as if I am a criminal as I cover the distance between here and the park with a baseball bat in my hands.... so bring on the next ban.....

And lastly to the guy who mentioned fox hunting, it was not becuase it was inhumane, it was just taking a shot at 'toffs' to win points with the voters, and hundreds of dogs have been killed since, along with rising numbers of feral foxes, so that worked real well.
40 votes

//61 Mar 22, 2008 11:54 PM | posted by: josh
the ban is just simply unfair, theres so many weapons these criminals could still use apart from swords how about kitchen knifes, screwdrivers, hammers, even a pen for goodness sake, yeh the crimes are sad but its not exactly going to stop crime is it, the criminals will jus simply pick up another type of blade duh, i absolutely love swords and the banning of them is going to squash my passion for ninjitsu and other eastern arts which use swords, and many other people alike
36 votes

//60 Mar 21, 2008 04:09 PM | posted by: Unknown
as a qualified martial arts teacher iam glad to see that swords used in martial arts are permitted i personaly have been trianing in japanese katana for 40 od years so even the threat of punishment will not stop me continueing with my art of zen shin do kenjutsu kai jon alexander 9 th dan kenjutsu master
38 votes

//59 Mar 16, 2008 08:33 PM | posted by: steve
Maybe we should ban cars, after all there are thousands of crimes committed every year including killing people.
Silly me I forgot the government wont do that because they will loose a few bob in taxes.
32 votes

//58 Mar 16, 2008 08:26 PM | posted by: steve
posted by: rebelmilitaria

I have a brick in the back yard maybe I should have a licence in case I use it too hit someone with it.
32 votes

//57 Mar 09, 2008 12:13 PM | posted by: graham
mr better britain has his head up his ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
32 votes

//56 Mar 08, 2008 11:47 PM | posted by: rebelmilitaria [InfoTOT]
I Agree with Tom, License all potentially offensive weapons. You have to have a Shotgun License.. Why not have a license system for Swords, Daggers and even small Lock-knives...
NEWS: Local fisherman kills his fishing buddy with 3" folding knife for catching Bigger Fish than Him..!!
We are all potential killers.. Just give us a reason to do it... I would use a chair leg, a crow bar, a Hammer, A Tree Axe, a screwdriver, A large Kitchen Knife, A Car Wheel-Brace etc...
35 votes

//55 Mar 06, 2008 04:29 PM | posted by: MALCOLM
OK, Mr Better Britain You've Got Me,

Captain Andy Wilson, is my Brother of whom myself and my family could not be more proud, He has served This GREAT COUNTRY of our in, Ireland, The Falkland Islands, The First Gulf War, Bosnia, The Second Gulf War, And Afghanistan, And I Know What You Will Say Now " NO ONE ASK HIM TO" But Then That Is Just What We Would Expect, Him And People Like Him Down Through The Ages Done This Of One Reason OUR FREEDOM, Do You Understand That Concept, FREEDOM That is being taken away from us, That is our LAWFUL RIGHT to do something GONE FOREVER A LAW PASSED TO MAKE INNOCENT LAW ABIDING PEOPLE INTO CRIMINALS, WHILE CRIMINALS WALK OUR STREETS, MUGGING, RAPING, KILLING AND TAKING OUR CHILDREN, THESE ARE THE ISSUES THAT SHOULD CONCERN OUR GOVERMENT NOT THE PERSECUTION OF THE LAW ABIDING MARORITY
30 votes

//54 Mar 06, 2008 02:11 AM | posted by: kenshin
Ah! the joys of living in a nanny republic!

First they decided to ban the handguns yet every year cases of gun related crimes keeps increasing.
And now they want ban the imitation katana, after all most martial artist and people who use these items for home/ family defence can easy fork out Ј5,000 for a genuine sword. Their favorite sales pitch to the public is "the government report there was more than 80 serious crimes where imitations of samurai swords were involved over the last four years". Way to go comrade Vernon Coaker!
The ban is a limitation of a person's freedom. If I'd no longer be allowed to own swords, due to other people's crimes, I would be paying for those crimes by giving away part of my freedom. I agree public safety is an important issue, but so is personal freedom. I get the feeling that politicians focus too much on the first, and tend to forget or ignore the latter. They see the potential advantage of the loss of sword crime, not the loss of freedom for anyone to own a sword for whatever personal reason they might have. It's nice to know that after defeating the natzi's nearly fifty years ago we decided to put one in office, but hey, it's all for a better britain right?
To sum things up:
cheap genuine nihonto Ј 5,0000.
A Imitation katana Ј 80
buying a sword after the ban another Ј 5,000
to be robbed and killed defenceless in your own home ............. priceless!
There are some things money can't buy
for every thing else theres mastercard.
35 votes

//53 Mar 05, 2008 08:00 AM | posted by: a better britain
Oooooh no! "Captain aj's' & 'Malcolm' both speak with capital letters at the start of every word,could 'Malcolm' be 'captain aj's' shoulder mounted parrot?
33 votes

//52 Mar 04, 2008 09:36 AM | posted by: Quite [InfoTOT]
OK things are starting to get a little childish here. Less of the insults, just agree to disagree.
I personally just started to collect swords recently (for ornamental purposes and, when i find a ninjitsu school in my area, for training), now i'm not the richest person in the world so authentic swords are out of my financial reach. However, I still love the way my cheap imitation set looks on the mantel. To be honest if i were ever so inclined to set about crime with one of them it would probably break.
Now with this ban the hobby of collecting swords has been added to the list of things only the rich can partake, as authentic swords are damned expensive. For me this seems a little unfair, I can't own a limo or a yaught, and now I can't make my tiny home look a little more cultured (maybe I should just graffiti my walls instead since thats the sort of culture that befits my station). Why not ban cheap imitation artwork, then there will be another thing I can't appreciate at home.
On the day the legal age of smoking moved to 18, how many crimes were actually created instead of prevented do you think? I don't think millions of 16/17 year olds stopped smoking because it was no longer allowed. The ban won't prevent the crimes since the criminals will already own if not have access to a sword. I do, and I abide by the law.
As for the self defence topic, I am in constant fear of being broken into (it's happened before where i woke up to a knife at my throat). Now I have a sword at my diposal I at least feel safer in my own home. I'm pretty sure I'm allowed some sense of reassurance, since the police, those men and women sworn to protect us, provide none whatsoever.
43 votes

//51 Mar 04, 2008 09:34 AM | posted by: Quite
OK things are starting to get a little childish here. Less of the insults, just agree to disagree.
I personally just started to collect swords recently (for ornamental purposes and, when i find a ninjitsu school in my area, for training), now i'm not the richest person in the world so authentic swords are out of my financial reach. However, I still love the way my cheap imitation set looks on the mantel. To be honest if i were ever so inclined to set about crime with one of them it would probably break.
Now with this ban the hobby of collecting swords has been added to the list of things only the rich can partake, as authentic swords are damned expensive. For me this seems a little unfair, I can't own a limo or a yaught, and now I can't make my tiny home look a little more cultured (maybe I should just graffiti my walls instead since thats the sort of culture that befits my station). Why not ban cheap imitation artwork, then there will be another thing I can't appreciate at home.
On the day the legal age of smoking moved to 18, how many crimes were actually created instead of prevented do you think? I don't think millions of 16/17 year olds stopped smoking because it was no longer allowed. The ban won't prevent the crimes since the criminals will already own if not have access to a sword. I do, and I abide by the law.
As for the self defence topic, I am in constant fear of being broken into (it's happened before where i woke up to a knife at my throat). Now I have a sword at my diposal I at least feel safer in my own home. I'm pretty sure I'm allowed some sense of reassurance, since the police, those men and women sworn to protect us, provide none whatsoever.
41 votes

//50 Mar 04, 2008 03:55 AM | posted by: Malcolm
Mr Better Britain's Off Again Swords, Fox Hunting, Price Of Bananas, Ozone-layer, Global Warming, Anything This bloke Can Find To Whinge About He Will, Read Captain AJ Wilson Who Must Know This Little Gimp personally, I Say Get A Life, What Are You Going To Do When This Site Shuts Down This Blog? Don't Tell Me Look For Another One, What A Sad Little Man You Must Be!
29 votes

//49 Mar 03, 2008 07:31 AM | posted by: a better britain
For all those who don't know,fox hunting in the U.K was banned not because of incompetent marksmen with rifles wounding foxes as 'Simon in the U.K' states but rather the time honoured British past-time of 'half sodden toffs' on horseback scent hunting foxes with a pack of hounds,running down the fox till exhausted or cornered only to have the pack of hounds rip it to shreds while still alive....TALLYHO! what good sport chaps..eh.
39 votes

//48 Feb 28, 2008 10:27 AM | posted by: knuckles
NEWS FLASH...NEWS FLASH...Ha Ha Ha..What a laugh..Two moron's..one wielding a cheap imitation japanese sword & the other a machete tried to rob a pub in Sydney,Australia..today..28/2/08...But there was a bikie meeting in the room next door, the pub cctv video footage shows footage of two Di.k Head's sprinting away down a corridor being chased by 50 + massive bikers with chairs & fists & pool cues then then the two losers jumping 20 meters off a balcony to escape the bikers to the police waiting below for safety....& arrest.
35 votes

//47 Feb 26, 2008 05:23 PM | posted by: Mike C
It's another pathetic excuse for the government to make money, this time out of the minority that have the Samurai sword as decoration or used within their martial art. Obviously some idiots decide to use it with intent and the government and police are gonna use this as a small money making idea. Why not ban all blades in the uk? To much man power to search for smaller blades, not cost effective. So thank you Govenment and police service for just being plain GREEDY, if you want more money out of us just be honest and ask instead of bringing pathetic laws in, (no smoking when driving? how about no eating or drinking while driving? bit more dangerous i think). And a bit special thank you to all the sad weak people who have ruined the good martial arts name and decide its better to resolve their problems by cutting people up instead of talking, or you know, use your fists feels better and you tend not to get sent down for as long. My advise to everyone, BOYCOT THE UK, leave while you can.
38 votes

//46 Feb 26, 2008 12:45 AM | posted by: cashern
stupid stupid morons who sit on there fat asses who come up with these obsurd ideas.......so a handfull of people who compared to the size and population of the country use a sword for wrong purpose the answer is to ban them.....more people are killed with knife and not just your average knife,yet i still see them for sale in most places that you would not expect to find.so if people start going around with baseball bats and hurt or kill people are they going to ban them to or anything else that finds it selve to be the popular weapon of choice,,madness!!...OPEN your eyes everyone..control in motion once again by the free goverment!!!!!im really gutted cause the samurai culture is beyond the sword and yet i can not appreciate the one thing that is central to it the sword.....
49 votes

//45 Feb 25, 2008 05:33 PM | posted by: a better britain
Oooooh,captain aj you're so wrong,I play golf weekdays.
41 votes

//44 Feb 25, 2008 11:41 AM | posted by: Captain A J Wilson
Mr Better Britian People Like You Are The Problem With This Country, You Want Yo Live In Your Little Cotton Wool World, And Ban Everything That Don't Interest Or Concern You,,,You Go Out Of Your Way To Shout The Loudest, You Label Anyone That Don't Think As You Do,Or Play Golf On Sunday Morning After Church,We Are Not All Like You, The Sad Kid At School Who no-one Liked The One The Girls Made Fun Of,,The Boy Who Run To The Teacher To Inform On The Other Children If In Your Mind They Done Some Wrong,, You probably Drive A Old Volvo Your The Guy With The Fat Ugly Wife And No Life, Make Britain A Better Place F**K Off Somewhere Else!!!!
35 votes

//43 Feb 24, 2008 05:29 AM | posted by: a better britain
Oh dear oh dear! Imitation,junk sword collectors & vested interest contributers who can't read or understand simple written english.
What hope would these twits have in applying for a permit to legally possess a legitimate sword,NONE!! which is a good thing.
I will send an email to Minister Vernon Coakers office & suggest his staffers read this blog and if they had any doubts that they were doing the right thing by banning worthless pieces of rubbish like imitation swords,most of the contributers on this webpage will remove any doubt.
What a pack of nutters,tossers & psycho's with stupid,stupid ideas on everthing from spy cameras to fox hunting & more to the point,junk,good for nothing,poorly imitated,worthless swords.
Oh well,only a couple of more weeks & it will be enacted law & hopefully some of these dangerous nutcases out there with these rubbish,imitation 'swords' will be locked up & their 'swords' will be turned into scrap-metal & then something useful.
33 votes

//42 Feb 22, 2008 07:58 PM | posted by: vox [InfoTOT]
When you get ten inches of cutting implement inserted into your body it really doesn't make much difference whether there's another twenty inches still outside your body or not. A kitchen knife will kill you just as effectively without the extra length attached to it. The people who used a katana would most likely have used such a kitchen knife if the sword hadn't been available to them. Once the intention to kill is there anything will do. A blow with a 4x4 can kill just as effectively if the assailant is determined enough. The absence of katana swords would most likely not have prevented these people from committing murder. Firearms is quite another matter though. Availability of these *will* increase gun-related violence. You have to be very careful when interpreting statistics related to the effects of anti-gun legislation. You know.... The lies, damn lies and statistics thing.
57 votes

//41 Feb 20, 2008 10:22 PM | posted by: simon intheUK
Our government has consistently failed it's every pledge. The Samurai sword ban is only its latest ruse of showing itself to be doing something without actually doing anything. Foxhunting ban has made the poor fox a victim of incompetant marksmen wounding it. Handgun Ban made not only illegal firearms a trendy must-have with criminal gangs but our gun-crime levels have never been higher and now the sword ban is going to accomplish nothing to reduce blade-crime but rob the law-abiding citizen his right to collect a specific item of aesthetic and historical interest. Meanwhile our schools fail the kids, Imigration is out of control, our hospitals choke with the results of drunken violence and morons continue to maim or kill with whatever they can get hold of with no effective measures of punishment in place. This sword ban, like so much of our laws here, is another ill-conceived ass that will penalise only the law-abider and do nothing to deter the law-breaker!
33 votes

//40 Feb 20, 2008 11:14 AM | posted by: john
Britain is full of sad BASTARDS who want rule other peoples lives most of the crime is committed by outsiders from third world countries that our Government can't do enough to help from the time they come into our country they forget our fathers went to war to keep such people out of this great land of ours and they had to use more than a sharp stick to do it, They baned hand guns but people are still being shot, knife crime is mostly in the black community the same place that it has always been. Oh Shit Ive said the black word delete this comment now there's a good boy what ever happened to Free Speech or is that baned as well !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
43 votes

//39 Feb 16, 2008 03:01 PM | posted by: Eddy
A sword ban? Typical lazy, ignorant politicians with no imagination. It's either that or a system to completely disarm everyone and make us all completely dependent upon the good graces of our "keepers". Don't people in Britain have any say in their government or are they already powerless?
40 votes

//38 Feb 16, 2008 03:41 AM | posted by: does it really matter
I think this is stupid. the criminals doing the crimes won't listen anyway, so why prevent law-abiding Biritsh citizens from purchasing them? At least the law-abiding citizens can use those katanas as protection against the criminals, which will probably still use katanas.
29 votes

//37 Feb 15, 2008 11:34 PM | posted by: DONALD DUCK
BANNING MICKEY MOUSE!
TAKE CARE SNOW WHITE!
31 votes

//36 Feb 14, 2008 05:43 PM | posted by: Doe
So, 'Samurai' swords are being banned, i have one, as a show piece/collectors item, and its not one of those cheap tacky things you can get from your local 'surplus store'. However, i know some people may see this as a defensive instrument to scare people off who's trying to break into your dwelling.

Thats fine, however if we as a public are being dissarmed, then all those MP's with Armed Police should be disarmed, no more taxpayers paying for their protection, they can look after themselves right?

*Enter censored word here*
32 votes

//35 Feb 09, 2008 05:46 AM | posted by: oni
UK government are so ignorant. Or more correctly, run by ignorant, overpaid liars paying no attention to the people it affects or any actual facts and only making ill-made judgements based on hyped media. I have never heard of a modern day UK crime committed with a nihon-to (I would hate it if someone messed my prized possession - I'd have to beat to death with a snooker ball in a sock). Banning a work of art and making illegal an item that has hundreds of years of tradition isn't going to stop your local thug from buying a Machette.
Anyone remember the when the nun-chaku became illegal? Now, how many fatalities does anyone remember involving Nun-chaku? Would the normal criminal spend years mastering how to use these or would they just go to Toys 'R' Us and buy a baseball bat?

The reason they don't ban cars is because they make too much money from cars - don't see them banning alcohol or tabbaco either... The government will never ban something that they can make money from.

Here's my prediction of things that will become illegal:

Fishing hooks/tackles. Reason: you'll have someone's eye out with that. Dangerous projectiles.
Waiters friends / bottle openers - You need a licence to serve alcohol, therefore you should have a licence to use a bottle opener
Any TV show, Film, Animation, Game, General media that depicts, describes, mentions or can be related to the use of sharp objects in anyway whatsoever. So no more Ready Steady Cook, magazine titles like 'edge', or sale adverts with words like, but not limited to 'cut, slashed & hacked'
32 votes

//34 Jan 31, 2008 02:26 AM | posted by: Muramasa
They have no right to do this.NOO RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!
38 votes

//33 Jan 31, 2008 12:50 AM | posted by: Unknown
While their at it why don't they just ban every item that has a sharp edge after all," Britain will be better for it". they keep indulging these paranoid and morally uptight individuals who thinks the sum of societies woes falls upon these questionable items, rather than the individuals who actually use these said items in committing the crimes.
Like the previous poster said its a done deal,
and we should all start to accept these false sense of security that criminals wont have access to these type of items, just as they did in the past when the gun ban was put in effect.
( take a hard long look at the annual crime statistics! )
Once again the majority of the public must bend over in favor
of these few self-righteous, morally twisted, paranoid self appointed crusaders who keeps pressuring the government to ban any or all item they deem frightening or dangerous.
39 votes

//32 Jan 29, 2008 03:52 PM | posted by: a better britain
Typical twisted moronic American logic being parroted by "foreign".
Look at the deadly U.S guns laws that allow assault rifles & machine guns to be held by anyone that can get their hands on one of the many available.
That results in countless innocent lives being taken everyday,men,women and children including babies,families shattered and destroyed,stop and think about what that really means for a moment,I really can't comprehend the sadness and sorrow and the senseless waste of human life.
The world looks at the U.S.A & thinks that they really must stupid fools for allowing that situation to continue,it really,really sickens me.
One thing that I have learn't from this blog is that there are some real fools & morons out there with some really twisted views on reality.
The general public should be shielded from such deluded & plainly dangerous people & such minds should not have access to weapons that make the job of killing any easier or more effective.
With this new law banning imitation swords,it looks like in this case "The pen is mightier than the sword" & Britain will be better for it,even if some can't or won't admit that.

45 votes

//31 Jan 29, 2008 03:20 AM | posted by: Foreign
Pfff...
Thats like the idiot that banned Counter-Strike here stating "it made people violent" and made this trying to "reduce the violence".

If you are nuts,thatґs not obviously the fault of the others,and doesnґt matter if you have a machine gun or a can opener in your hands,these people are going to kill till with bare hands.
There are too many ways to harm someone.Itґs not so easy to avoid this as they must think.
44 votes

//30 Jan 28, 2008 08:42 AM | posted by: a better britain
BAN THEM,RIGHT NOW!!
Only make believe fantasists living in a dream world & wannabe ninja turtles would want to own such useless things.
The best part about it is,it's a done deal.
You may as well kiss them good-bye now,they will be prohibited & controlled items any day now.
Most of the bloggers on this thread should spend their spare time brushing up on their spelling & grammar & not playing with & whingeing about silly things like imitation swords.
36 votes

//29 Jan 28, 2008 02:17 AM | posted by: captain bob
someone should start a patition and spread the word to as many people as possible and send it to parlament, add some figures and tell them,, nicely there a bunch stupid *Ј@"%$!!!! for banning them
44 votes

//28 Jan 27, 2008 11:49 PM | posted by: A 13 year old
A sword is only as evil and deadly as the one who holds it. So dont ban the sword just lock the people up for attacking others with them
31 votes

//27 Jan 27, 2008 02:43 AM | posted by: Glyn Brain, Newcastle
I HAVE NEVER OWNED A SAMURAI SWORD UNTIL NOW.
Yesterday I heard about the ban starting in April 2008 and I just decided it was one ban to many. So today I bought 4 on the internet. (2 Katanas, 1 Wakizashi and a Tanto). Perhaps I will use the Tanto as a kitchen knife if it is sharp enough, but I wouldn't have bought any of them if OUR government had not said "Right mate, this is one more thing you can't do".
There are millions of cars on the streets NOT classed as offensive weapons, but we all know that. What I want to know is. WHEN IS THE UK GOVERNMENT GOING TO PUBLISH A LIST OF DEFENSIVE WEAPONS?
35 votes

//26 Jan 26, 2008 03:09 AM | posted by: charizard6377 [InfoTOT]
I read that a man attacked a woman with a sword(she survived) then he ran her over with his car and she died and they used this as one of the reasons to ban swords WHAT ABOUT THE CAR the government can't ban the small killers when guns/drugs/cars etc, kill hundreds every day
i own lots of swords and have never been in trouble for anything but now they are saying just because i own a sword i am going to go on a killing spree
41 votes

//25 Jan 26, 2008 02:48 AM | posted by: robert
I read that one of these crimes was a man beating a woman with a sword(she survived) then he ran her over with a car and she died and they used this incident as an excuse to ban swords WHAT ABOUT THE CAR why ban the little killer when the bigger ones are ok
33 votes

//24 Jan 25, 2008 08:09 AM | posted by: an observer of repeating history
And so it happens again. Anyone who looks at history can see that this sort of thing has happened before. It doesn't matter why you have one of these things. If it can be used as a weapon they will ban it. Only those in power are allowed to have any "weapons" of any kind. The reason for these laws is just as it has always been. To control. This law is just one more step. Welcome to history repeating itself again. It saddens me that people can go along with these foolish laws and not learn from history. If you do not learn from history, you will repeat it.
25 votes

//23 Jan 24, 2008 02:05 AM | posted by: knuckles
Whats all the fuss about,like the press statement reads,if you are a genuine martial artist or a collector of genuine japanese swords (shin-gunto) you will still be able to own swords.
It appears to me the law is intended to restrict access of these weapons from fools & the feeble minded.
To all the writers worrying about kitchen knife carrying morons,you might be suprised to find it an offence in any part of the civilised world to carry one of them or any other item that can be considered a weapon,with intent.
Nutcases & fools get shot dead by the police every week in Australia & all around the world when they run amok in public,usually after a gut full of legally available alcohol & drugs,legal or otherwise,good riddance I say.
The swords that are to be banned are the common as muck,made in China,worthless from a historical or collectors point of view copies of the Shin-gunto or japanese sword.
If you feel you must own one or two,the best advice I can give you is,BEFORE YOU BUY,do lots of internet research,buy or loan some books from the library on the subject.
Look to buy a Shin-gunto N.C.O or officers sword,eBay is a good place to start,in WW2 japanese items.
DON'T BUY ANYTHING FROM CHINA OR HONG-KONG!!!!! EVEN IF IT HAS A PICTURE THAT LOOKS LIKE THE REAL THING,it won't be when it turns up,if it turns up.
Don't buy anything from a 'low feedback number' eBayer,look to some sellers in the U.S,you can pick up a matching number N.C.O sword with good,un-altered, original finish around the US$800 mark & a good signed officers Shin-gunto U.S$800 upwards.
I seen junk copies of the shin-gunto listed on various sword websites for US$2000 plus,what a joke,why pay that for a copy when you can have the real thing for half that.
Maybe with this law,the British government is saving some of it consituents from themselves as well as protecting members of the public.
37 votes

//22 Jan 23, 2008 09:53 AM | posted by: Unknown
This is completely ridiculous!!! Your banning samurai swords for such a small number of crimes,when guns are used just about every day to murder innocent people,and your not going to ban them. People who own katanas usually use them in martial arts competitions ,or as collectors items not murder. People also have the right to defend themselves with whatever is around from firearms to bladed weapons. And criminals aren't just going to stop getting these weapons because a new law is passed banning them, since they'll just get them from other people outside,or in the UK. What are you goning to do next,ban kitchen knives. Criminals will use anything they can get their hands on from legal weapons to illegal weapons. Why ban katanas when only 80 serious crimes have been committed in the last four years!!! And putting more limits on weapons will just make law abiding citizens easier to kill, since criminals and all sorts of psycho paths will get there hands on any type of weapon no matter how many laws you put out.
34 votes

//21 Jan 21, 2008 03:29 AM | posted by: ronin
what a dumb law, doesn't these politicians know that criminals will use what ever is at hand if they wish to commit a crime, kitchen knives an ax or a baseball bat or even a simple lead pipe i wish they considered the pros and cons before just passing such a useless law, banning katanas and finning them will not deter these kind of people in committing violent crimes but rather aggravate a lot of responsible law abiding subjects who just wishes to admire, own or train with these legendary piece of art, genuine or not.
33 votes

//20 Jan 21, 2008 02:48 AM | posted by: knuckles
From the out-set I must declare I am a licenced firearms owner,collector of militaria & edged weapons in Australia.
As a collector of genuine WW2 japanese Shin-gunto swords I agree ownership & sale should be regulated & restricted to people over 18,they should also be stored safely & securely away from others similar to firearms.
The sale & ownership of japanese swords is regulated in some Australian states as is the sale of pocket knives to minors & there are laws that make it an offence to carry a knife,these laws have not affected me or any other genuine collector in any adverse way.
The free for all up until now has done nothing but wrong for genuine edged weapon collectors in the wider community.
People,or more precisely,young immature men,who carry knives in public or attack innocent people with other weapons are not only cowards of the lowest order,they are not interested in registering as a collector or abiding by the laws of a civil society.
By restricting the sale of the cheap & worthless copies of swords & pocket knives & other concealable knives designed with one purpose only,society can only be better off.
43 votes

//19 Jan 18, 2008 07:56 PM | posted by: Unknown
WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH ,ARE ALL US COLLECTORS GOING TOO BE REBURST ALL OUR HARD EARNED MONEY AND GIVEN A STAMP COLLECTION BOOK.IV NEVER BEEN IN TROUBLE WITH THE POLICE OR COMMITED A CRIME AND HAVE KNOW INTENTION IN DOING SO UNTILL NOW ,BUT THE LAW IS GOING TO TURN COLLECTORS INTO CRIMINALS BECAUSE IF THEY THINK I AM GOING TOO JUST HAND OVER MY PRISE COLLECTION THAT HAS COST ME LOTS OF HARD EARNED CASH AND TIME TOO COLLECT THEY CAN THINK AGAIN .THEY SHOULD CONCERNTRATE ON GUN CRIME AND PETROL PRICES AND SEX OFFENDERS ECT...
38 votes

//18 Jan 17, 2008 12:29 PM | posted by: alcotrazz [InfoMANIAC]
absolutely illogical. the ban won't affect people, who own a katana or other genuine samurai swords, nevertheless this means getting involved in some burocracy with registering the weapon, labeling it and so on.
and the fact that a few people where hurt, I think doesn't mean the weapon should be banned. I know some people, who own katanas - they treat these things not as mere weapons, but as works of art (and they really are so!!!); so people using katanas for training and practicing martial arts wouldn't really use it for any illegal deeds (my opinion).
Agree with Matthew, this is like banning kitchen knives, which, i'm sure, are more often involved in assaults with injuries and deaths.
Yes, when a police officer sees a guy walking around with a huge kitchen knife will FOR SURE ask for id and the purpose of having a knife on the streets, I think the same is valid for swords: if I encounted a policeman when I openly hold a sword, i'll be asked for id for sure (which is quite normal), as I'm already a potential criminal, since I carry a potential weapon of some potential crime. However, I don't really think a ban would minimize the number of crimes with samurai swords employed.
41 votes

//17 Jan 16, 2008 11:17 AM | posted by: Laura [InfoMANIAC]
that's kind of unreasonable, if anyone has the intention to kill, he will do it by any means
31 votes

//16 Jan 16, 2008 11:17 AM | posted by: Windy [InfoMANIAC]
What about collectors of samurai swords and those who practice martial arts with katanas? Do they have to quit things they are passionate about just because another stupid ban? It is impossible to ban everything that may be somehow used to harm other people. There are much more dangerous things than samurai swords. Those who collect katanas or hold them for practice believe that a sword has a soul. I just can's imagine they will agree to the ban.
32 votes

//15 Jan 16, 2008 11:05 AM | posted by: Maxriter [InfoMANIAC]
Agree with CRS - weapons will always be available, the more they will be banned the more illegal trafic of weapons the government will have to face. The majority of people keep these Japanese swords for aesthetic purposes rather than use them as attack weapons. Besides, Japanese swords, such as katana, are quite expensive, thus most crimes are performed with the use of other sharp weapons.

Banning Japanese swords might be government's economic or political tactic to influence certain things within the country (or maybe abroad). I believe a better way would be introducing a strict licensing system.
34 votes

//14 Jan 15, 2008 02:02 PM | posted by: Eligible Voter
The goverment can have my sword, when they prise it from my cold dead fingers. I bear ill to no person, but I hold sacrosanct the right to use whatever is at hand to defend myself and the lives of my wife and children from those who would perpetrate injurious acts against me.
29 votes

//13 Jan 12, 2008 05:52 PM | posted by: CRS
Why are they disarming the public?

They must know that arms will always be availible for purchase on the illegal markets. I am not one for conspiricy but C.C.T.V cameras that can follow you, satellites that are powerful enough to take H.D pictures of car license plates, I.Ds and now we have to hand over the ability to purchase another melee/self defense weapon.

What are they trying to do?

Are the government planning some sort of mass extermination as mentioned by an unknown poster at Jan 11, 2008 06:21 AM?

I personally think that anyone who would trade freedom for safety deserves neither and would be the type of person to cause us all to be slaves if they could have a moment of security.
35 votes

//12 Jan 12, 2008 12:52 AM | posted by: Vicky
Personally...I can't believe this. I can understand the government doing it, because it's the kind of thing they'd do, but please - I myself own Katana swords, and have never once contemplated actually stabbing someone with them. I'm at a loss as to what I'm going to do - I bought the swords before the ban (or, recieved them as a present), and they are on display - the majority is punished due to the minority, as happens all the time. There are sane, respectable people in this country with swords, as there are people with guns and other weapons - and why? For display, for show, for an interest in culture. NOT to kill people.

All in all, I find this unfair. Potentially, as a nation, we are punishing those of interest and persona due to the misdemeanour of those who behave irresponsibly with such weapons. Ultimately, I do hope that this law, as many others, rises up to bite those who installed it.

Vicky, 15 years old, UK. xxx
35 votes

//11 Jan 11, 2008 04:21 PM | posted by: Unknown
In the UK: Criminals and nutcases will still get access to them (just like they have access to guns). Their value will increase on the illegal market. Their notoriety will increase and they will become a more valued weapon (because of the ban). The government is pursuing a line of totally disarming the law abiding majority of the UK population - probably for the best of intentions. Unfortunately, a disarmed and apathetic population is easily controlled and murdered en-mass. Look at history: Nazi Germany, Rwanda, the Balkans... USA - listen up! DO NOT give up your right to bear arms - it is nothing less than a road to serfdom. Criminals, political extremists and the state will always get access to weapons - WHATEVER THE LAW. I am writing as a non-weapon owning UK resident who checks the crime and social statistics.
34 votes

//10 Jan 11, 2008 04:15 AM | posted by: Anonymous
Haha, sucks fer you UK!!!! Really that sucks balls. I personally love katanas and think anyone that would f**k it up for the rest should be painfully stabbed to death with one.
37 votes

//9 Jan 10, 2008 11:41 AM | posted by: Unknown
This is a bu**sh**t. Why are they banning swords? What`s next, banning steel knives and force us to eat with plastic ones?
30 votes

//8 Jan 10, 2008 05:32 AM | posted by: gabe
This is rediculess! 80 incidents in 4 years!!! I best there were 200 instances last month with gun violence. As a martial artist i am appuald. In America a liscened practioner can apply for the right to even be able to carry a concealsed katana. About 6 months ago a 17 year old kid defended himself and his 6/7 year old sister by stabbing a man who broke into his house with a katana.
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