Skip to comments.Knives and the Second Amendment(by Kopel, Cramer,and Olson)
Posted on 11/24/2013 11:49:26 AM PST by marktwain
Abstract: This Article is the first scholarly analysis of knives and the Second Amendment. Under the Supreme Courts standard in District of Columbia v. Heller, knives are Second Amendment arms because they are typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes, including self-defense.
There is no knife that is more dangerous than a modern handgun; to the contrary, knives are much less dangerous. Therefore, restrictions on carrying handguns set the upper limit for restrictions on carrying knives.
Prohibitions on carrying knives in general, or of particular knives, are unconstitutional. For example, bans of knives that open in a convenient way (e.g., switchblades, gravity knives, and butterfly knives) are unconstitutional. Likewise unconstitutional are bans on folding knives that, after being opened, have a safety lock to prevent inadvertent closure.
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They will try and ban anything and everything thhat can be used as a weapon.
For example, the Scottish author Irwine Welsh suggests that hammers should be registered and have serial numbers.
If it's the Obama Administration, they want to ban anything a person could use to defend themselves...
I’d like their opinion on unionized law enforcement which represents the Democratic Party’s political police force.
One thing I remember from the book “All Quiet on the Western Front” was after years of hand to hand combat, the Germans began to prefer their spades, sharpened to a rifle or a rifle with a bayonette.
The author was a real German WWI soldier who had been in the thick of it.
I also noticed the Russians seemed to have the same idea.
I know this doesn't address the issue that almost all laws against weapons are unconstitutional.
There is no knife that is more dangerous than a modern handgun; to the contrary, knives are much less dangerous.
I'm certainly no authority, nor do I have a clear idea how to measure dangerousness; that said, I've met more than one or two cops and martial artists who'd tell you only fools are less wary of knives in criminal hands than guns.
Knives are certainly very effective weapons in trained hands, and dangerous weapons in nearly anyone’s hands.
Your statement clearly is a corollary of the statement that the person is the dangerous part of the equation.
Still, I think few would argue that knives are generally less dangerous to the public than handguns are. They are much less likely to cause damage to unintended targets, they generally will not be able to penetrate walls and windows to effect damage, and they are generally ineffective beyond arms length (in spite of what a few highly trained experts can do under ideal conditions).
While handguns have utility outside of self defense, knives have more. While handguns are common, knives are more common. While handguns have improved technologically beyond those in common use when the Constitution was written, knives have changed little.
Thank God this is finally getting some traction!
‘He said to them, But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you dont have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. It is written: And he was numbered with the transgressors and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment. The disciples said, See, Lord, here are two swords. That is enough, he replied.’
The Biblical foundation for right to bear arms was originally for swords, the light arm of the day. The idea that I can have a shotgun but not a switchblade is lunacy.
Ballistic knives are some of the most deadly. I’d hope they’re going to lift restrictions on those.
***There is no knife that is more dangerous than a modern handgun;***
Strange. Years ago, some eastern police commissioner wanted to ban knives because he felt they were MORE dangerous than handguns because the knife was “always loaded”.
Some degree of guarding (of themselves and of resources) was bidden by Jesus. The miracles on tap that kept Him and them safe were going to come to an end. And they didn’t have the bold Spirit yet that was going to carry them to witness to the point of martyrdom in many cases. When Pentecost came that game changed. I’d still say it’s OK to defend others (such as a dependent family). IMHO only of course, modern Christians have tended to be timid because an easy political environment allowed them to live relatively easy lives. Their foe was not so much assaults as complacency, and actually a more insidious foe. Christians do better against devils that are frank about trying to rob them, than against devils that pretend to give them something.
While taking a required survival course in the USAF, one airman asked if the fold up axe could be used as a weapon. The instructor said the short fold up shovel made a better weapon because of it’s balance.
1887 Webster`s Dictionary:
to bear, bear v.t., 1. to support and move; or carry 2. To be equipped, furnished, or marked with; to have as belonging, distinguishing, identifying, or characterizing; as to bear a sword,
“There is no knife that is more dangerous than a modern handgun; to the contrary, knives are much less dangerous.”
That is a haphazard and subjective statement. Knife injury mortality is very high, because unlike a relatively small hole left by a bullet, knife cuts can damage both surface and internal capillaries, lots of them, and all at once. And they likely produce major arterial bleeding more often than do guns.
Not only that, the knife keeps coming back for more and more, ultimately overwhelming the body with trauma, tissue and organ damage, and blood loss. Ask anyone in prison who’s survived or witnessed a shanking.
Knife laws are ridiculous because most legislators are idiots. I always carry a knife here in California because that is the most lethal weapon I can legally carry (until I move to Arizonahopefully in a year or so).
Butterfly knives are illegal because they “look” scary. My Kershaw speed-assist knife opens faster than a butterfly knife and is perfectly legal. My KA-
BAR tanto knife with an 8 inch blade is WAY more lethal than a switchblade and I can carry that as long as it is in the open. (Jax Teller’s KA-BAR USMC knife on the show Sons of Anarchy is legal carried like that even here in California.)
The only time I ever deployed my knife was a couple years ago when I came across a man beating his girlfriend ground and pound style in a Sunnyvale parking lot. I ran at him yelling for him to get off as I pulled my knife and flicked the blade open. He ran away. When the police took the report, they didn’t give me a hard time or even ask to see the knife.
I have one friend who tried to help a guy who was jumped by three gangbangers. When they started beating him, He pulled his knife and stabbed all three. One died a few days later but no charges were filed because his life was in danger. He moved to San Diego though after he heard the Norteños gang had a bounty on his head for killing one of their members.
When I lived In California, the law stated that I could openly where a belt knife, with a —blade length — of no more than five (5) inches, so I wore this:
Just like the folks tell you about kitchen knives, a solid tang is better.
Does this mean I can open carry my short sword here in Houston?
I sure hope so!!!!!