Knife Control comes to Japan...
In England, we've watched with nausea as they banned one form of
firearm after another, and after finally reducing the population to the
status of helpless subjects once more, began banning firearm replicas and setting age limits on the purchase of knives.
Well, now Japan has done them one better. Kyoto City has proposed knife registration.
Now, truth be told, Japan has had a form of sword registration for a while. But those are expensive family heirlooms that have been officially designated national treasures. For hundreds of years, Japan's martial culture worshipped the sword. The laws didn't apply to modern swords, and didn't really bother anyone.
But now, there is a proposal in Kyoto City to create a registration process for all knives longer than 15 centimeters. That's just about anything bigger than a steak knive, and I probably have steak knives that are longer than that. Thank god I don't live in Japan.
When you're thinking about this, consider too these factors:
Honest men do not need to be controlled.
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