Guns, knives, clubs, fists, no difference if deadly force is used.
There have been cases where this principle is ignored or perverted. I recall one case from the "Rodney King riots" where a group of men dragged a truck driver out of his truck and pummeled him with bricks and rocks, but the defence lawyer convinced the jury it was not deadly force. Even though stoning is a method of torture execution from biblical times and in use today in Pakistan and other Sharia countries.
"Sure, they put a rope around his neck and opened the trap door of the gallows so he swung from the cross beam, but there's no evidence they intended him harm! "
I suppose it comes down to the lawyers and how stupid the jury is. Current trends aren't positive.
Ditto on the starving deer overpopulation problem. Starving critters get diseased, and ticks spread them to other species, like us. Fatal, debilitating disease.
And "gardens". I have, reluctantly, discovered I have zero talent in many areas. Growing plants, and telling the difference between weeds and "desirable" plants just aren't my cuppa. I pretty much don't even know what plants I've planted on orders from above. ( she has this OCD thing with the seed etc. Labels and little sticks, but they fade and blow away ) I do know that the blasted deer aka big rats eat them faster than I can plant them. How? She tells me. Gets quite upset. And no, I'm not allowed to urinate around the New plantings. "What would the neighbors think?" Heck, I'd tell them. And no, I can't do it in the middle of the night.
I earlier today wrote, then deleted, a rant about Mr. stalwell.
We don't need guns to shoot Naval Officers with the keys to nuclear destruction. We don't need guns to shoot National Guard troops. We don't need guns to shoot the police.
All of those people, are us. I get that you hold them in contempt, because you don't understand Service by Citizens to maintain a free nation. But they are our cousins and sisters and brothers and ourselves.
This has nothing to do with race or religion or riches. It's the bond Citizens have. Often, mostly, Jacksonian in temperament, and often, mostly, better informed, with a better knowledge of history.
( How many of your circle can tell me what the Armistice led to, 100 years ago? Shall we bet whose people know? )
No, we don't fear other Citizen soldiers in the ongoing war against crime, religious intolerance, & Civil rights. That's not why the Founders put in writing the rights to free speech, religion, and self defense.
We have guns to shoot you. Your kind, who are given responsibility, but think you have power over others. You, who threaten to steal our rights and property, without legal recourse or fair payment. And threaten us with violence, death, and indiscriminate slaughter.
Why haven't we, the people you hate and fear, already killed those like you who lie to gain power and abuse it? Because we believe in the system of checks and balances. We know it's imperfect. We remember it has failed when people of Your Party started a Civil War to keep your slaves. We've watched as Your Party metastasized from the cancer of slavery to the gangrene of Marxism. But we've held our anger, and remained the folk that made things and defended our society.
But you? You have openly declared your intent. You have given the moral and legal reasons to defend ourselves from your desired crimes.
If you stood on our doorstep and proclaimed your intent to steal our property or murder us in our homes, no unbiased court would deny us the right to stop your threatened crimes by deadly force.
You just threatened us at what you thought was a safe distance while you hide behind the police you despise.
You don't understand what your moment of truth between your lies to gain power have done.
Am I threatening you? No, never. I will never lead a mob to your home and scare your family. I would condemn anyone who suggested that. I won't shoot at you during softball practice. I won't smash the windows of your car and drag you out to beat you.
"Of the 97 countries where we identified mass public shootings, the U.S. ranks 64th per capita in its rate of attacks and 65th in fatalities. Major European countries, such as Norway, Finland, France, Switzerland and Russia, all have at least 25 percent higher per capita murder rates from mass public shootings."
Back in High school I bought Handgun Control Inc.'s book/manifesto. And Rules for Radicals, Obama and Hillary's Bible.
Without rehashing the Plan to Take your Rights and Property, spelled out in detail, I'll just cut to the core of the entire Movement.
Lie. No lie too big. No lie too small. Crime is rising, no matter the numbers and it's because law abiding citizens have guns, no matter the truth. Certain objects will be hyped as scary, evil things no respectable thrall would desire, much less possess. Then they will be banned. Then the next scare campaign. Then the next. Nothing shall escape the campaign.
What's that mean to you?
If you have a historic perspective, first, semiautomatic, aka 19th & 20th century technology will be demonized and banned. Repeating firearms, 18th century, next. Chemical powered firearms, 10th century, on.
A lady friend in the SCA got divorced, and got an apartment in..... a less desirable high crime neighborhood.
So we had armored combat practice in the front yard of her apartment building. She served juice and cookies to all who wanted, and we ( a dozen or so ) armored up and got serious about being aggressively violent. All the while inviting the locals to join in, and have fun with us. Got a few takers who now have a story to tell.
Every week for the four months She lived there.
She never had a hint of trouble living there. Even the crack dealer down the hall insisted she be given respect.
We never threatened, were very friendly and cheerful, polite and cleaned up after ourselves. But the entire 'hood was also polite, ( if often joking about the clothes, the ladies always wore period garb ) cheerful, and attentive.
I've also noticed muggers don't hang out around dojos.
Btw, we never, ever, take a newbie, put on a helmet, and hammer them. That's a lousy way to recruit new players. You don't body slam the person who is considering trying the art.
It is, however, obvious that we are operating on a higher level of violence with each other. Much faster, louder, complex.
Every good martial art practices that model.
It's SOP with a real student to dominate, initially, as a teacher. Knocks back the cockiness and gives the student cause to respect and listen. Then you dial it back to teach. By the time they get better than you, ( the goal of a good teacher ) it should be a triumph of improvement, not revenge.
I avoid T-shirts that can get me kicked out of a place, unless I can defend them. That shirt doesn't qualify on account of language.
I do have an extensive collection of latin motto shirts with translation, like "been there, done that, got the bruises" and one I didn't ever wear to work, "there is no problem that can't be solved by the application of a sufficient amount of High explosives". Also a few with provocative themes, like "Archers! Go ahead & run, you'll just die tired" and so forth.
I came upon the above link while looking for that vendor.
I've also noticed muggers don't hang out around dojos.
Cowardly criminals don't stalk hard targets? They prefer soft targets, like "gun free zones" and countries that have banned firearms?
Ya DON'T say....
That's a great story about the medieval combat gatherings, and it goes to show (prove) that while cowardly...criminals ain't all dumb. Like bullies, they're smart enough to stay the hell away from folks who'll plant them in the ground.
As a past archery instructor...I love the "die tired" tee shirt saying. I should put up a couple targets and get back into shooting...maybe after I make sure the limbs and string on my compound aren't dry rotted! (no, I never instructed nor allowed qualifications with a compound - only long or recurves allowed).
Never owned a compound, but love them. The reduced full draw holding weight really extends your shot time window. Holding full draw, muscle blah blah limited time before you back off, or miss the moon.
If I had to play Rambo, I'll take technology.
Can't run them in traditional matches.
A recurve or other older bow does the job with less stuff to break.
Old school teaches basics, etc. You want a foundation to build on. True for guns, cars, bikes, muscle memory techniques, especially.
Certainly not a subject for argument, they're all fun.
850 meters? Best I could ever do was a man size silhouette at 1100 meters with steel sights on a 26 pound .308 . No one wants to pay me to do that anymore. No touching going on here. I can get a Robinhood at 20 yards about every tenth shot. That's why I use pin-nocks and try to use a dedicated target for each arrow. I bet I could be good on a recurve, after about 10,000 arrows.
Joe, I do all the cheating. 6x by the pin and a clarifier in my peep. I used a STAN hinge to get rid of my bad habits, Then went back to a Carter, LIKE MIKE set to minimum travel and release pressure. Just takes a touch. I've shot a 52x 300. I'm still on my first bow, 3rd set of strings. It is camo. and my Bee-Stingers are camoed. to match.
Court, Peace loving fidget monkey.....I believe the rest of the sentence. Well, I guess we all love peace too. But that P-word part, I'm not convinced. I would easier believe that we have all aged and know what hurts is like. May even try to avoid pain. But never admit to trips to the gynecologist for Midol.