1/16/2006 8:33pm, #1
Calls for samurai sword ban after man is stabbed through the heart
Echo calls for ban on samurai swords after death of local man
By HoldtheFrontPage staff
The Express & Echo in Exeter is calling for samurai swords to be banned, after a local man was stabbed to death in the street. The newspaper wants the government to stop the sale of the swords, with an exemption for licensed groups. It is not currently illegal to buy a sword, only to carry it in public. And a day after Sidmouth man Bradley Moran admitted killing 33-year-old Matthew Stiling by stabbing him through the heart with the 18-inch blade of a samurai sword, an Echo reporter discovered how easy it is to buy one unchecked from an Exeter shop.
Journalist David Edbrooke paid £120 for a sword with a 2.5ft sharpened blade, and said it was "as easy as buying a lotto ticket". Echo editor Marc Astley said: "It is incredible that our reporter was able to buy such a terrifying weapon, no questions asked. I was shocked at just how sharp and heavy the blade is. "Although they are supposed to be for ceremonial use the sword we purchased was lethal. There is no excuse for this sort of thing to be sold to anyone but licensed organisations and we will be pursuing our campaign with vigour."
David said: "Buying the sword was almost as easy as purchasing a pack of sweets. "I simply went into the shop, saw two sheathed samurai swords hanging above the counter and asked to look at one. "After giving it a quick inspection, I offered my credit card up and that was that. "The only other requirement asked of me was to write my name and address in a little black book that the shop kept.
"I found it staggering that I was able to go into a city centre shop and in a matter of minutes walk out with such a dangerous, offensive weapon - I've spent more time in my local newsagents picking numbers for the lottery or buying a bag of marshmallows than I did buying the sword." The campaign has been backed by Devon & Cornwall Police and Exeter Police as well as Matthew's family. Marc added: "There will be some who argue that household knives could be as deadly as samurai swords.
"Try telling that to the family of Matthew Stiling.
"When his killer became aggrieved he didn't reach for the kitchen drawer, he armed himself with a weapon worth hundreds of pounds and murdered an innocent young man. "The Echo accepts that some martial arts groups use such weapons innocently. "We hope they will accept that calling for their sale to be restricted is sensible and reasonable. "We will pursue this campaign to the bitter end and will be calling on Echo readers to play their part too.
"If that means that together we help prevent a single death or injury, it will have been worth it."
1/16/2006 8:36pm, #2
This is in England right?
So are they going to ban the purchase of Scottish broadswords as well?
1/16/2006 8:41pm, #3Originally Posted by DerAuslander108Kungfoolss, Scourge of the theory-based stylists, Most Feared man at Bullshido.com, and the Preeminent Force in the martial arts political arena
1/17/2006 2:37am, #4
Ha. 120 for a "Samurai" sword? Sounds like he got scammed.
1/17/2006 7:58am, #5
Next proposed banned item for Britards...
The Samurai Sword. :brave:
"Although they are supposed to be for ceremonial use the sword we purchased was lethal. There is no excuse for this sort of thing to be sold to anyone but licensed organisations and we will be pursuing our campaign with vigour."
1/17/2006 8:01am, #6
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1/17/2006 8:06am, #7
The British media are a touch alarmist, we're adopting the "If it bleeds, it leads" attitude from across the swamp.
1/17/2006 8:14am, #8
The only analogy to this campaign against "violence" I can think of is the American war on drugs.
How illegal can you possibly make something?
**** it. Get serious. We should start executing people for cannabis/kitchen knife possession.
Or is THAT going too far? I suppose the alternative (of fucking with hundreds of millions of people a little bit) is better than fucking with the few with extreme prejudice.
1/17/2006 8:15am, #9
Next they'll make foreheads illegal to prevent the football hooligan head but
1/17/2006 8:21am, #10
Its Clackers all over again.
(British reference, not to sure if the awesomeness of clackers made it anywhere else)