The Brit noose tightens it seems!
Snagged this from THR - emphasis mine. Banning guns is supposed to do all that - n'est pas? :rolleyes:
Yeah - like bad guys ain't gonna get blades, make blades, fashion stuff from common tools - hell even a sharpend walking cane can be ''useful''. Oh dear me - Nanny Feelgood gets busy once more.
The Express & Echo in Exeter is calling for samurai swords to be banned, after a local man was stabbed to death in the street.
The newspaper wants the government to stop the sale of the swords, with an exemption for licensed groups.
It is not currently illegal to buy a sword, only to carry it in public.
And a day after Sidmouth man Bradley Moran admitted killing 33-year-old Matthew Stiling by stabbing him through the heart with the 18-inch blade of a samurai sword, an Echo reporter discovered how easy it is to buy one unchecked from an Exeter shop.
Journalist David Edbrooke paid £120 for a sword with a 2.5ft sharpened blade, and said it was "as easy as buying a lotto ticket".
Echo editor Marc Astley said: "It is incredible that our reporter was able to buy such a terrifying weapon, no questions asked. I was shocked at just how sharp and heavy the blade is.
"Although they are supposed to be for ceremonial use the sword we purchased was lethal. There is no excuse for this sort of thing to be sold to anyone but licensed organisations and we will be pursuing our campaign with vigour."
David said: "Buying the sword was almost as easy as purchasing a pack of sweets.
"I simply went into the shop, saw two sheathed samurai swords hanging above the counter and asked to look at one.
"After giving it a quick inspection, I offered my credit card up and that was that.
"The only other requirement asked of me was to write my name and address in a little black book that the shop kept.
"I found it staggering that I was able to go into a city centre shop and in a matter of minutes walk out with such a dangerous, offensive weapon - I've spent more time in my local newsagents picking numbers for the lottery or buying a bag of marshmallows than I did buying the sword."
The campaign has been backed by Devon & Cornwall Police and Exeter Police as well as Matthew's family.
Marc added: "There will be some who argue that household knives could be as deadly as samurai swords.
"Try telling that to the family of Matthew Stiling.
"When his killer became aggrieved he didn't reach for the kitchen drawer, he armed himself with a weapon worth hundreds of pounds and murdered an innocent young man.
"The Echo accepts that some martial arts groups use such weapons innocently.
"We hope they will accept that calling for their sale to be restricted is sensible and reasonable.
"We will pursue this campaign to the bitter end and will be calling on Echo readers to play their part too.
"If that means that together we help prevent a single death or injury, it will have been worth it."