- Jun 8, 2001
Uh, no.Originally posted by: Atheus
I think I covered this before - see the bit about barbers and hunting trips above - but I'll rephrase. Those knives aren't being used as weapons. Just tools. If you take it out and hold it near someone's face, even if you're completely calm and saying nothing, the knife is now a weapon. A gun worn in a city is always a weapon. So in both cases you have a weapon and you are conciously and deliberately showing it to someone to make your power/threat clear. I don't see the fundamental difference. Nobody is this world would put up with the knife thing - they would either shit themselves or become very angry. So why do many Americans think the gun thing is ok? Becasue of an unhealthy love of the gun as an icon and a source of pride rather than a nasty weapon to be brought out only if absolutely nescesary. Just my thoughs upon reading this thread.Originally posted by: Zenmervolt
I carry a large swiss army knife every day. Anyone I walk near is technically "in range". I've never had anyone complain. Hell, at my old office I kept a large Gerber multi-tool in my desk The large blade came in handy to open paper boxes (the ones with those plastic bailing straps that are a pain to remove) and the tools were useful on several occasions as well. Technically most of the people in the office were "within range" and no-one complained.Originally posted by: Atheus
Well lets pretend he's just calmly walking next to you but keeping the knife within range of your neck. Nobody would put up with that.
The gun is only a weapon when drawn. A knife is only a weapon when unsheathed.