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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-08-23 20:05
  Subject:   Oh NOES. Teh nerdz has teh bat'leth!!
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This horrifying five-foot weapon has been recovered by police during a knife amnesty.

The three-handled sword with a blade at either end, designed to be swung like a paddle, shocked officers who took custody of it.

The blade is believed to be a stainless-steel copy of a Klingon weapon used in the science fiction series Star Trek. "It's an extremely dangerous weapon," said a martial arts expert last night.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-387680/Lethal-Star-Trek-blade-seized-knives-amnesty.html

It's less dangerous than the katana I have sitting upstairs on my bookshelf. Which I assure you will part a neck much faster than any bat'leth ever will. A bat'leth is a composite tonfa and blade - easier to block with, harder to swing. Less specialized for slicing.

But don't tell it to the banners. Once the paranoid nanny-staters get going, there's no stopping the damn fuckheads...

Anyone wanna take bets on how much longer before you're not allowed to posess tire irons and hammers in England?
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Alex Belits
  User: abelits
  Date: 2008-08-24 08:33 (UTC)
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I think, cops were more concerned about safe transportation of bat'lheth -- as opposed to your katana or any other terrestrial sword, it does not come with a sheath, and as opposed to a crowbar, it's pointy and sharp.

Also I can't think of bat'leth being of much use for any kind of crime. I mean, imagine:

Robbery with a bat'leth.
Home invasion with a bat'leth.
Carjacking with a bat'leth.
Kidnapping with a bat'leth.

I can imagine that someone can be killed with a bat'leth, but swinging that massive thing at a person is a ridiculous overkill unless he is armed with another sword -- and only if there is plenty of space around. Otherwise a crowbar is a far superior alternative.

So yes, it is ridiculous to describe bat'leth as something unusually dangerous. IIRC, despite fundamental difference between policies on weapons, both US and UK have their violent crime tied to poor education and unemployment, not weapons' availability, and therefore both countries could do much better attacking the root of the problem first. And if they'll manage to do that, I will welcome such "nanny states" with more enthusiasm than Kent Brockman welcomes his new insect overlords.
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