Skip to comments.An armed society is a civil society; a knifed and booted society is a dangerous one
Posted on 12/06/2012 5:00:33 AM PST by servo1969
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Oh don't worry, the UK also have some of the strictest knife laws in the world as well. No locking blade folding knives are allowed.
Generally good article, but this is just nonsense.
One can make a case, though not a particularly good one, that a knife or broken bottle might be just as dangerous under such circumstances, but not that it is more dangerous. Even less much more dangerous.
This is of course why we don't have a saying about the foolishness of bringing a gun to a knife fight.
The quote should be attributed properly:
“An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.” — Robert A. Heinlein.
You are incorrect sir, knife wounds are more often fatal than bullet wounds with today’s medical care. The reason is knife wounds tend to bleed much more,being generally much wider,causing the victim to bleed out before they can be treated. Check out the most recent reseach.
The most important step is to maintain distance from an attacker so you can fire before he closes and strikes, and a handgun in the well-trained hands of an alert defender is certainly the best tool for that job. But proper distance is vital to defend against being knifed or disarmed by a skilled attacker.
One thing is suggested is extremely important: at close range, a knife is superb as a weapon.
It complements a gun well, as it is at its best “within the minimum range” of a gun. And if you have a gun, and your opponent has a knife, this minimum range is quite large, as they can “close the gap” very quickly.
World War I trench warfare is the best illustration of optimal mid and short range combat, and is cleanly extrapolated to indoor combat as well.
Men in trenches had as their primary weapon a rifle, for mid to long distance shooting. But when one side or the other advanced to enter the enemies’ trenches, a rifle had much less value, as because of the zig-zag nature of the trench, fighting distances were limited to mid and short range.
So the best combination for trenches was a pistol in one hand, and a trench knife in the other, optimized with brass knuckles for very close combat.
It is very easy to imagine how dark and narrow corridors in a building are much like this, especially if your opponent is desensitized with alcohol or drugs. And unfamiliar with the layout, as this is “your” trench, not theirs.
The downside to knives is that they do take a degree of skill and experience for optimal use. But, as with a gun, this training provides a strong advantage, so is well worth it.
Well, here's one study showing a 22% mortality for bullet wounds, and 4% for knife wounds.
If you have alternate data, I'd like to see it.
If the shooter even manages a wound.
The pistol is a difficult weapon if you never train.
Just put the thing away, and you might as well throw it at the target.
For whatever reason there will always be those who think that removing weapons from the hands of the citizenry will make for a less violent society. Archie Bunker would ask if it made his daughter feel better if they were pushed out windows instead.
I one individual wants one or more people dead and is serious enough to act on that thought....then they will find the means to make that happen.
Ask a cop which he is more afraid of, gun or knife.
You would be surprised.
That is why cops do not give one inch to a guy with a knife.
The purpose of our Founding Fathers stipulating that Americans have the absolute RIGHT to Bear Arms was to keep any oppressive Government in check.
It was true then with the British, and it is becoming even more true today as we are slowly being taken over by Obamas Communist Administration.
Seen from that perspective, Bob Costas is just another Liberal Enabler for Obamas creeping Communism.
And using a knife to kill effectively comes naturally? I don't buy it.
Lol. Buy whatever you want. It’s your funeral.
I’m curious about something. If a knife is so much more deadly than a pistol, why do Freepers concerned about self-defense spend so much time talking about guns and so little talking about knives?
A pistol is an incredibly easy weapon to use. Handguns were designed to be easy to use. Even with minimal instruction at 10-15 ft its pretty much point and click. Especially a revolver. Try shooting one sometime.
Never bring a knife to a gunfight.
One disruptive aspect of knives, boots, and broken bottles versus guns, is that a group with knives can overcome a single knife-armed victim with fairly low risk of any of the attackers being seriously harmed. A victim with a gun is likely to seriously injure at least one of his attackers, even if they have guns too. Thus, cowardly predators are more likely deterred in an environment where many potential targets may be armed.
I don’t know about anyone else but on that Brady Campaign poster where it says “God Bless America” I always imagine the speaker spitting on the ground after saying it. It seems to convey such deep disdain as to be disrespectful. I mean it literally might as well say “F*** You America.” I wonder if that’s the message they were going for? ‘Cause it’s the one I get.
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