Or there are those that have been taught how to use their knives in a safe manner. I carry a knife and to be honest, I've never even had the notion to pull it out to protect myself from harm. I mean, sure, I could hurt someone with it, but the time it took to get it out, I'd already be hurt. I use my knife to cut string, rope, plastic chords, or to clean my fingernails. I use it to open boxes or to cut something. I'd hardly call it a weapon to be honest. Now, I have fixed blade knives (that I use for skinning animals or preparing meat, when I am out hunting, but I'd never consider carrying that on my person (and in most states I couldn't as it's over 8 inches in length and the blade is over 5 inches). In most states it is illegal to carry that on your person.NocturnalOcean wrote:
It's given that sick people will always find way of doing harm. What I object against is the mindset of the need to carry weapons on you. I just cannot see any reason for carrying a weapon in public space. It is also about limiting the possibilites of accidents, or other kind of usage happens. In a situation where a person carry a knife, that person is more likely to use it in a wrong way than a person who carries nothing.
Carrying weapons can be a very evil circle. People will start carrying them for self-defense, then others will also feel the need to carry weapons for their self-defense, and you just entered the bad circle. You can draw parallels to the world wide conflict about carrying nuclear weapons.
I consider the training I received in the army to be good enough self-defense against most attacks. If the attacker has a gun or knife, I can still defend myself and need no weapons but my body. (obviously, disarming the attacker would be paramount to success against an armed assailant.)
here are some knife safety articles.
http://www.crossroadsbsa.org/pathfinder ... Safety.pdf
Boy Scouts had to show they knew how to use a knife safely and when they did, they are issued a card stating they know the safe way to use a knife. For me, a pocket knife (swiss army style) has been a part of my life from the age of 6 or so. Whenever I joined cub scouts. We were taught that our knife was a tool and was meant to be respected and handled safely. I can't speak for everyone, but that's where I'm coming from.