Fearsome arsenal?

Samurai sword, crossbow and a gold-plated axe: Chilling array of weapons seized by police force in anti-violence crackdown

Police have revealed the chilling array of deadly weapons they seized in just four months – including a crossbow and a traditional samurai sword.

The fearsome arsenal, which even includes a gold-plated axe, was put on display yesterday by West Midlands Police as part of a new anti-weapons campaign.

Other dangerous arms featured in the grim haul are nunchuks, knuckle dusters, a giant flick knife and crude planks of wood with nails hammered into them.

One of the points I was making in my last post on Gun Control was that criminals will not give up crime if guns are banned.

A great deal of the items that the Daily Mail now refers to as, ‘Fearsome’, ‘Chilling’ and ‘Deadly’ are simple household tools. Others are ornamental and some are just home made.

Since the British citizen was disarmed through gun control, criminals have armed themselves with other means, but we are still allowed nothing in the way of defence, not even a pepper spray.

In the middle of the gun control moral panic, the Daily Mail have inadvertently highlighted the futility and injustice of disarming a population.

Ban sticks with nails in them!


*Update* And as Julia’s timely post points out below, the ban on ‘weapons’ is never ending

16 comments for “Fearsome arsenal?

  1. Voice of Reason
    January 23, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I have more bladed weapons than the last picture in my garage alone. What is wrong with these people?

    • January 23, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      I think they simply can’t admit failiure. Guns are all but banned and crime is higher than ever.
      Return to armed self defence? Not on your nelly! Ban something else is the answer, but there will soon be nothing left to ban

  2. Ed P
    January 23, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Kitchen knives and cricket bats(or baseball bats if kept with baseballs) are not illegal within the home and provide more than adequate defence against intruders.
    As the photograph has many legal kitchen knives in it, I wonder just what the police are up to.
    And gold-plated axes tend to be blunt and for show, not use.

    • January 23, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Ed – All this stuff is legal and requires no licence to own. The article says nothing about the circumstances in which these were confiscated, though it gives the impression that most of it was not used to commit any crime.

  3. ivan
    January 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    First question, who is trying to con whom?

    The first picture is a put on because the nails are not driven through the pole.

    The second picture looks like someone went to the local hardware store and photographed a pile if their good – the machete on the top still has the price tag on it.

    The third photo is from some persons collection.

    I can only assume this is a PR exercise by the police to show that ‘they are doing something’.

    Like VoR I have things like machetes, scythe with a 1m blade, several axes and a couple of very sharp vine trimming tools and that’s before you get to the carpentry tools. Several of my neighbors have many more and consider they have the minimum necessary to work and we don’t have the gendarmes getting all upset when we tale the tools out to the vines or other work places.

    • Voice of Reason
      January 23, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      I have to add that my garage ‘arsenal’ includes throwing stars, throwing knives, and several wooden staffs.

    • January 23, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      This could well be a PR excercise by the police. The drones will see them as ‘doing something’, all we see is them stopping people from being able to slice a fresh loaf.

  4. January 23, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Hiding to nothing, the police are on. Metal knifes? Go ceramic. Gunshop guns? Some make their own. As you say, Bucko, there’s no way they can disarm the armed.

    • January 23, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      Nope. Only the law abiding, as they are the only ones who will voluntarily take heed of the ban because they are scared of the possible consequences

  5. January 23, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    What about golf clubs? Several colleagues from my UK days used to keep an old 2 or 5 iron just inside the door to ‘welcome’ uninvited visitors with less than honorable intentions. Hell, if you know what you’re doing, even a tightly rolled up newspaper can be a ‘weapon’ (AKA the notorious ‘Brummie Brick’).

    • January 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      I have a makeshift weapon in every room of the house, all normal household items that could be used in a rook if someone broke in.

  6. January 23, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    My thanks to whoever went in and added a title to this post, something which I had forgotten to do 😳

    • January 23, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      Pleasure. Admin’s job.

  7. Audrey Quattro
    January 23, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    An oft overlooked ‘weapon’ – and one that has deadly intent in the right hands – is the slingshot. All those demonstrators lobbing bricks and stones to no effect? A slingshot would send them MUCH further….. not that I condone that sort of thing you understand.

    • January 24, 2013 at 5:41 am

      Further is good….but faster is better! 😈

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