simonatack wrote:If we dont start getting collectively organised and make a unified voice against this, its over for swords, then its over for shooting sports and Fencing, and javellin throwing until we are down to being a disarmed Nation of culturally and historically disenfranchised sheep who couldn't be trusted with so much as a bloody toothpick in the eyes of the world!
You're wasting your time dude. I've said it a million times on these boards already and I'll say it again... The government wants them banned so they'll be banned, its not up to the public no matter how much fuss is made. Its time to accept facts and get on with our lives.
Whilst I can see your point, and I can totally understand your cynical sentiment, it's shocking how little the right of protest that we have in this country is used. There are parts of the world where protesting for basic human freedoms can result in indefinate jail sentances, brutal beatings, or even death. What's interesting is that in these countries people protest none the less. (Keeping Amnesty International extremely busy.) It's the idea of the restriction of human freedom that is the reason for these protests, and the second you consider yourself defeated before the political battle has even begun, then you may as well kiss democracy goodbye. We have a huge amount of freedom to generate human change. Media sensationalism has turned swords and knives into the territory of violent criminals alone. Amazingly, violent crime has never been lower in the last 30 years than it is now. Yet bans are considered to be more necessary now than they were in the past?
Democracy is founded on the right that people have to voice their opinions. Ultimately protest may be futile, but a friend of mine in the US put it wonderfully when I asked him what he would do if they banned guns in the US. His reply was, "They could pry them out of his cold dead fingers." I posited that it was a bit extreme, and his answer to that was, "It's not the guns that's the issue, it's the issue of freedom and what's at stake if you allow a completely law abiding citizen to be punnished for the actions of a minority, rather than protected by the government from that same minority through effective leadership."
Whilst I don't believe that the right to bare arms is one worth dying for, I do however believe that we need to shake off the apathy otherwise we'll just be sitting on a forum and bitching. In the US the ban on swords would be constitutional change with right of challenge. The elected dictatorship that we have suffered in this country has taken us into an illegal war against the will of the majority, crippled working families with tax, and in general been absurd from start to finnish. A government with just over 30% of the popular vote somehow amassed an unasailable majority in the house of commons, allowing the actual people they are meant to represent no say.
Our cultural history and heritage is actually what's at stake. This will continue to be the case if those that can take action, no longer feel there is a point. You may not actually get what you want out of organized protest, but the act of organized protest is NEVER pointless. It's not about winning, it's standing for something you actually believe in. Most protest is known to be futile, but we have the least at stake for doing it, and if we don't use that right to civil disobedience to make a point, then we ultimately may as well not have it.