When I was a boy I heard the story about Okinawa being taken over by the Japanese and all weapons being outlawed! The Okinawans started co-opting farming tools as weapons. The dreaded nuchucku (chucks) are actually rice beaters. I was exposed to all of the traditional martial arts weapons but I noticed after “Enter the Dragon” was released – many martial arts weapons were banned. Lots of kids bought chucks and were hurting themselves and others due to their lack of skill and prudence.
California (the state I reside) has lots of laws banning weapons. I remember being put into secondary inspection while crossing from
As I was learning the ropes in karate I did learn how to use the staff fairly well. I was also exposed to nuchucku’s, swords, sai’s and jutes. I was told by my instructor Richard Willett that learning the weapons would allow me to have the confidence to use anything lying around as a weapon if the need arose. Therein lies the rub… it is ok to carry mace, pepper spray or even a stun gun but not a club, staff, or sword to defend yourself!
I think all reasonable weapons (all of the above) should be allowed but because the legislature deemed a club as used by hoodlums – the rest of the population has to pretend their club is a baseball bat they accidently left in the car from their kid’s practice?
In California law – your intentions are what the deciding factor is, in determining a weapon many times. If I were to use a walking stick to defend myself – that would be legal so long as I did not intend to bring the walking stick along as a weapon.
Here is what I do for myself. I do not go to bars or areas of town that I will likely find conflict normally. My wife has pepper spray that she keeps with her when she goes out at night. I do think that a person should consider the pros and cons of various weapons depending on their lifestyle.
I don’t have anything against guns as I have owned them before but I am not all that comfortable having a gun with kids in the house. I don’t think kids are capable of reasoning things through enough to make a wise decision regarding a gun. I know people are suppose to use gun locks and gun safes but I think the reality of it is – if you need a gun – you need it now.
I have two large dogs, one small yapper dog, a cat (that I hope will run in front of the robbers and trip them as he does me!), bats (as in baseball – not vampire ) and a staff nearby in my home. That along with common sense, karate training and strong desire to survive – put me in a good position to defend myself and family.
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My advice to the rest of you is to consider the pros and cons of weapons and at a minimum – protect your castle somehow. Cops have no duty to protect you. If a robber is threatening you – the cop cannot do anything about it until he or she catches the crook! If you get injured – you cannot sue the cops for not protecting you – that is YOUR JOB!!!