Thursday, February 06, 2014

No Scary Knives In The Land Of The Free

I just came across this pathetic line in the 'Product Description' on Amazon for the Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife:
Bowie / Fighting Knives cannot be shipped to Marin, Napa, Ventura and Yolo counties, CA; CO; CT; AL; Peoria, IL; D.C.; MA; Miami-Dade and Sarasota counties, FL; Canada or Puerto Rico. Please check your State, County and City laws for restrictions before ordering Bowie / Fighting Knives.
Folks, if it is a weapon, it is protected by the 2nd Amendment. Ask any of the Founders who left writings on the subject.

But legislators both Republican and Democrat piss on the Constitution for a living. So what's new about that?

I would say that Republicans and Democrats alike appear utterly convinced that their belief that a law is good policy makes it Constitutionally authorized, except most of them appear to think the Constitution is a worthless sheet of scrap paper.

As an irrelevant aside, since the blade shown does not have a clip point, nor does the knife sport a guard, knife people would be unlikely to call this knife either a Bowie or a fighting knife*. It is just a big utility knife. Our noble Solons though can define anything they want as a Bowie or fighting knife for regulatory purposes. Reality is no impediment to the authoritarian mindset.

As another irrelevant aside, knives were the hand weapon of choice when the Constitution was ratified because they were cheaper than handguns and because they weren't useless after one shot. They are arms, therefore they are protected. Don't like that? Fine. Amend the Constitution.

*UPDATE: Note that while the copy of the Rezin Bowie knife depicted at the linked Wikipedia article does not have a clipped point, it does have a guard. The very first Bowies were apparently little more than big kitchen knives, but rapidly evolved into clip pointed fighters with guards.

It would be interesting to see if any of the laws above actually define the term.

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