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    A Japanese answer to school invasions: the sasumata

    With the private ownership of handguns almost impossible in Japan, whackjobs who want to go down and take a bunch of innocent people with them usually resort to swords and knives. In the wake of the tragic Osaka School Massacre of 2001, Japanese school teachers consulted with the police to answer the question: if a knife-wielding maniac gets past the school gates, how can we hope to control them?

    The police answer was to revive an Edo-era defensive/restraint weapon called a sasumata.



    The original sasumata was designed to restrain drunken samurai warriors and was equipped with spikes to stop the samurai grabbing the shaft of the weapon:



    The modern version is typically made out of aluminum, lacks spikes, and comes in a variety of kid-friendly colors:



    These are installed in many Japanese school classrooms and corridors, and once a year the teachers do a "Frightening Man Drill" in which they practice both emergency evacuation and practical techniques with the sasumata:









    Some sasumata come with special features such as recurved hooks to aid in tripping the maniac, or spring-powered prongs for a more secure grip:



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    Looks like it might be a neat thing for LEO or bouncers to use...not sure how practical it would be for average joe to walk around with one of those all day though.

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    It comes from Japan and is weapon like. It's probably already illegal in California.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike321
    It comes from Japan and is weapon like. It's probably already illegal in California.
    Can you blame them? Japan is notorious for violence and crime.


    I'm glad to see that they are taking a proactive approach....I've never seen these before but then again I'm not in Japanese grade school.

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    I like the hell out of that. Built for a carefully circumscribed task, historically proven capable...I'm for it.

    Oh wait a minute, this is for ADULTS who come into a school to STAB CHILDREN? **** that. Tiger Fork all the way.
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    Well, don't they use something like that to control dogs, as well? I guess it's a proven design. Is it really better than pepper spray, though?
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    Pepper spray will not stop a strong-willed attacker, physical control will.

    That is not to say these work well, because I have no idea.


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    Yes, it's better than pepper spray. The point is to isolate one person via multiple people pinning them (without accidental gassing of others) . Seems pretty cool to me, for a place that doesn't have the 2nd amendment.

    Not bagging on it at all, but it is spawned out of the fact that a crazy person is very unlikely to have a gun.

    EDIT: And even if they had a gun, I'd rather have something solid with reach if I was fighting someone armed. Pepper spray doesn't stop people from pulling a trigger.
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    Right, it would be fairly moot in a country with gun attacks. However for japan it is pretty nifty, and at least it is a proactive policy for when school attacks happen as opposed to the American one of 'Hide under your desk until the police get here'

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    They are going to wish they left those spikes on when a strong attacker just grabs the shaft and pulls the fork off his neck.

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