Final words on the subject at hand?
The Three Seciond Staff CAN be effective under proper conditions and I have no arguement with that.
However, a barstool can be an effective weapon under proper conditions.
When looking at a weapon all factors of it's use and proficiency need be considered, from base effectiveness, to comparison to other weapons, to the time it takes to learn and train it.
There in lies my issues with the 3ss as an effective weapon. Learning it requires a good deal more time than other weapons and it is not significantly superior to them (I'd argue it's inferior, but that's a secondary point and not important).
That being said, my final thoughts lie in that anything can be effective and people can learn what they wish for fun or enjoyment (after all, I'm a swordsman of all things to be in the 21st century). But when it comes to base effectiveness, staves and truncheons are going to trounce something like the 3ss.