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.
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:
Modern Japan is, by American standards, a police state.
In a police state, when one criminal kills, all citizens are punished.
That is the root of gun control, knife control, and when you get right
down to it... people control. Punish everyone for the actions of
the criminal. Everyone is guilty; no one can be trusted.
Trust in your fellow man is anathema to a police state, because when
natural trust exists between men, there is no fear of an unseen
enemy. A community of trust will combine to protect itself,
rather than cowering in their isolated homes awaiting police
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