I’ve always been fascinated by swords. I couldn’t get enough of “Zorro” as a child, and that inevitably led me to studying European fencing, and eventually, Japanese fencing and sword drawing (Kendo and Iaido). In fact, I was the co-founder and first vice president of the Wyoming division of the United States Fencing Association. I have a middling large collection of replica swords from all eras, and use them in teaching the Aurthurian legends. The kids really enjoy being able to handle and wield the swords—under carefully controlled circumstances—and they look and feel just like live blades though all are dulled. It enables them to understand the reality of men at arms of earlier ages in a way that merely reading about them, or watching Hollywood versions of reality, cannot.
So I was interested, and appalled, by a recently article where two police officers failed to recognize the danger represented by a katana-wielding man who was able to seriously injure one officer before being shot and killed by the other. The result was The Deadly Danger of Swords at The Truth About Guns.
One of the reasons I enjoy doing a weekly article there, apart from the fact that TTAG is the top gun blog on the Internet, is that readers are enthusiastic commenters. They’re not always careful readers and sometimes miss the context—as some do with this article—but it’s always interesting and entertaining.
Stop by if you have a few minutes, and as always, your comments—there and here—are very much appreciated.