Sunday, October 16, 2011

When They Outlaw Kubotans, Only Outlaws Will Have Kubotans

Talk about the proverbial "slippery slope".
Trying to disarm the citizens like this simply will not work.

From "The Guardian U.K.":

"UK riots: Amazon withdraws truncheons after bumper sales-
Sales of baseball bats, Kubotans and other self-defence items soar in aftermath of rioting in English cities"

"Amazon has removed several police-style telescopic truncheons from sale on its site as soaring sales of truncheons, baseball bats and other items that could be used as weapons sparked fears of vigilantism in the wake of widespread rioting.
Sales of one type of aluminium truncheon rose 50,000% within 24 hours, entering the top-10 bestselling items in the sports category. Before they were de-listed, two different "police-style" truncheons had seen sales increase more than 400-fold overnight, though from a low base. also stocks, either directly or through third parties, self-defence sprays and Kubotans, short lengths of plastic or steel used as a concealed weapon. Carrying such items on the street can be against the law – entertainer Darren Day was convicted in Edinburgh in 2010 for possession of a Kubotan – but their sale is not an offence."

More at link

Shit, I know it's England and all, but come on - that's bullshit.
Here on the American frontier I have three knives, a plastic Kubotan and a wooden carpenters pencil on me every day of the week. By British standards I'm a walking arsenal waiting for arrest.
Some folks out there disagree with my "liberal or progressive" views, but I'm a fightin' liberal. I firmly believe in the right to posses self-defense weapons. Now, in a public building, I can see forbidding knives to enter in some cases. But for craps sake we should be able to carry the lowly pocket stick just about anywhere.

First came the cameras everywhere.
Now banning self-defense tools.
Bad news.


Man of the West said...

I would have been discouraged if, in a universe this big, there weren't at least one point on which we could agree.

Amen, and amen...

Dojo Rat said...

Amen back Brother!

And I'm sure there's more we agree on, probably more than you know.

BSM said...

Heck - if they are headed there then they ought to just pass a law that bans anything close to a weapon: Kitchen knives, homemade clubs, homemade kubotons, etc. While they are at it perhaps they should require martial artists to register and get a license for their deadly skills?

Dojo Rat said...

You know "B", I think we've all wondered if it will lead to that.
It's already an issue in assaults cases in court...