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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-10-21 10:22:46 AM
If he tried that on a train in Boston he'd be in jail for carrying a dangerous weapon in public.
 
2012-10-21 10:25:26 AM
Hiro?
 
2012-10-21 10:32:00 AM

Mangoose: Hiro?


*shakes tiny fist*
 
2012-10-21 10:50:52 AM

ZAZ: If he tried that on a train in Boston he'd be in jail for carrying a dangerous weapon in public.


They used to have the same laws in Arizona. Now, it's quaint:

Ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side,

img.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-21 11:14:56 AM
It's not a gurka story, but it'll do.
 
2012-10-21 11:17:54 AM
Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.
 
2012-10-21 11:19:28 AM

Mangoose: Hiro?


Since then the Deliverator has kept the gun in the glove compartment and relied, instead, on a matched set of samurai swords, which have always been his weapon of choice anyhow. The punks in Gila Highlands weren't afraid of the gun, so the Deliverator was forced to use it. But swords need no demonstrations.
 
2012-10-21 11:19:38 AM
Photo of area man:

www.filmreference.com
 
2012-10-21 11:20:52 AM
There can be only one?
 
2012-10-21 11:22:40 AM
Um.... rofl


..... lol
 
2012-10-21 11:22:45 AM

ZAZ: If he tried that on a train in Boston he'd be in jail for carrying a dangerous weapon in public.


Yes, we know, you people gave up your right to bear arms many years ago. Ironic considering such a place played a major role in our history.
 
2012-10-21 11:26:00 AM
Phoenix Arizona has light rail. Who would have guessed?

Does Sheriff Joe know about this and is he alright with it?
 
2012-10-21 11:26:59 AM
Are Samurai swords that common? They seem to make an appearance in news stories quite often.
 
2012-10-21 11:27:13 AM
www-personal.umich.edu
 
2012-10-21 11:27:55 AM
ZAZ: If he tried that on a train in Boston he'd be in jail for carrying a dangerous weapon in public.

Eh in most states you can carry how ever the fark long of a fixed knife you want as long as its carried openly and not concealed (although if its concealed or folding it better be less than 4 inches ) , of course I don't think I'd want to walk around with a sword hanging off my hip, sounds like a good way to get shot by a nervous trigger happy cop
 
2012-10-21 11:29:20 AM
I just cut my lip on a chewing gum wrapper, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2012-10-21 11:32:13 AM
I didn't know riding the light rail was considered a Flight?
 
2012-10-21 11:34:00 AM
See that black smudge right on the blade? Pretty recognizable signature. Randy Jackson?
 
2012-10-21 11:34:48 AM

david_gaithersburg: Yes, we know, you people gave up your right to bear arms many years ago. Ironic considering such a place played a major role in our history.


You go, man, defend the Constitutional right to wield swords!

The guys down at the range in Dorchester would be interested to hear about your contentions, though.
 
2012-10-21 11:36:17 AM
Not sure if I should click on this story.
Subbys headline lacks a tazering.
 
2012-10-21 11:38:37 AM
There are an inordinate number of people walking around with samurai swords these days. Secret ninja invasion imminent?
 
2012-10-21 11:41:21 AM
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Approves, because Katanas Are Just Better.
 
2012-10-21 11:43:25 AM
Guy that was getting his ass kicked got very brave after the ninja showed up.
 
2012-10-21 11:44:40 AM
4.bp.blogspot.com

Amateurs.
 
2012-10-21 11:44:44 AM
Turn your damn phone sideways when you take video. How hard is it?

And samurai dude looks to have been in the right, for once. Shame, I was hoping for a video of a douchebag getting tazered. Always puts a smile on my face.
 
2012-10-21 11:46:43 AM

Bedstead Polisher: Are Samurai swords that common? They seem to make an appearance in news stories quite often.


The Samurai sword is the AK-47 of the knife world, anytime a reporter sees anything bigger than a kitchen knife it is a Samurai sword in their minds, last year the local paper had a pic from the local ren faire showing people waiting in line with claymores, bastard swords and even a rapier, the headline "locals show off their samurai swords at charity event"
 
2012-10-21 11:47:12 AM
Did you say 

2.bp.blogspot.com

Sorry, we misread the headline. Carry on.
 
2012-10-21 11:50:15 AM
images2.wikia.nocookie.net

Those who fear to act have already failed.
 
2012-10-21 11:52:54 AM

BitwiseShift: Phoenix Arizona has light rail. Who would have guessed?

Does Sheriff Joe know about this and is he alright with it?


Sheriff Joe is not happy about it, he even stated he was going to use it to transport prisoners in an effort to drive down public ridership
 
2012-10-21 11:53:32 AM
Oldiron_79:

ZAZ: If he tried that on a train in Boston he'd be in jail for carrying a dangerous weapon in public.

Eh in most states you can carry how ever the fark long of a fixed knife you want as long as its carried openly and not concealed (although if its concealed or folding it better be less than 4 inches ) , of course I don't think I'd want to walk around with a sword hanging off my hip, sounds like a good way to get shot by a nervous trigger happy cop


The same for openly carrying around a shotgun or AK-47 knockoff. Several lawyers told me it was legal but the cops might well shoot first and look up the law later.
 
2012-10-21 11:55:05 AM

BitwiseShift: Phoenix Arizona has light rail. Who would have guessed?

Does Sheriff Joe know about this and is he alright with it?


Yes. In his mind, the lighter, the better.
 
2012-10-21 11:58:22 AM

The One True TheDavid: Oldiron_79:

ZAZ: If he tried that on a train in Boston he'd be in jail for carrying a dangerous weapon in public.

Eh in most states you can carry how ever the fark long of a fixed knife you want as long as its carried openly and not concealed (although if its concealed or folding it better be less than 4 inches ) , of course I don't think I'd want to walk around with a sword hanging off my hip, sounds like a good way to get shot by a nervous trigger happy cop

The same for openly carrying around a shotgun or AK-47 knockoff. Several lawyers told me it was legal but the cops might well shoot first and look up the law later.


Just don't have a Chihuahua with you.
 
2012-10-21 11:59:08 AM
On the other hand machetes are 10 bucks at Wal-Mart and don't require special training. Trashcan lid in one hand and machete in the other: advance and HACK, HACK, HACK.

"Come back here you coward!"
 
2012-10-21 12:00:58 PM

Vidwiz: I didn't know riding the light rail was considered a Flight?


Don't underestimate the might of the American rail system's ability to derail trains!

/okay, so the actual "flight" part is rather short
 
2012-10-21 12:02:31 PM

The One True TheDavid: On the other hand machetes are 10 bucks at Wal-Mart and don't require special training. Trashcan lid in one hand and machete in the other: advance and HACK, HACK, HACK.

"Come back here you coward!"




Haakaa päälle
 
2012-10-21 12:13:26 PM

Bedstead Polisher: Are Samurai swords that common? They seem to make an appearance in news stories quite often.


At any given time, I would say 35% of the adult population carries them regularly in the USA. They're easy to conceal, and quite deadly with the right training. Notice how nobody knew this guy was carrying until the moment he pulled it out? That's how it usually goes around here.
 
2012-10-21 12:13:38 PM
I manage a Non-profit thrift store in that area, along the light rail on the shadier side of town. It truly brings out the freaks.

EVERY. DAY. I have to call 911 or the non-emergency number at least. The lady that thinks she's Jesus and attacks customers, the bum lady who is waving a tampon around her head (used) like a helicopter, the guy that overdosed on heroine and nearly died, the guy that tried to kick my ass for not letting him bring his bike in the store, the lady that pile drived into me to knock me out of the way to steal some clothes, the guy that shiat on the floor and told my employee to clean it up or go back to Africa, the bum that stole the Halloween nunchucks and tried to use them on the cops... the list goes on and on and on. This is no surprise.
 
2012-10-21 12:14:07 PM
Area Man is a famewhore. Every time anything happens anywhere, there's Area. It's like the asshole just follows around journalists and does shiat to get their attention. I'm sick of hearing about Area all the time. He's worse than the Kardashians.
 
2012-10-21 12:15:02 PM

Vidwiz: I didn't know riding the light rail was considered a Flight?


Where do you see the word flight? I see the word "fight" several times. Did you get the two confused?
 
2012-10-21 12:17:02 PM

Gosling: Area Man is a famewhore. Every time anything happens anywhere, there's Area. It's like the asshole just follows around journalists and does shiat to get their attention. I'm sick of hearing about Area all the time. He's worse than the Kardashians.


I feel like after this incident, he's earned enough respect to be referred to as Mr. Man.
 
2012-10-21 12:24:07 PM

The One True TheDavid: Oldiron_79:

ZAZ: If he tried that on a train in Boston he'd be in jail for carrying a dangerous weapon in public.

Eh in most states you can carry how ever the fark long of a fixed knife you want as long as its carried openly and not concealed (although if its concealed or folding it better be less than 4 inches ) , of course I don't think I'd want to walk around with a sword hanging off my hip, sounds like a good way to get shot by a nervous trigger happy cop

The same for openly carrying around a shotgun or AK-47 knockoff. Several lawyers told me it was legal but the cops might well shoot first and look up the law later.


In my state you can openly carry if its part of the process of taking the gun in for repairs, or taking the gun to a range.

I just wrap it up in blanket though, because I'm not an idiot.
 
2012-10-21 12:34:21 PM
www.stomptokyo.com 

Did he systematically kill an entire team of ninjas?
 
2012-10-21 12:37:11 PM
It was actually a blind man with a stick.

Does nobody read their Fark thoroughly these days?
 
2012-10-21 12:38:00 PM

Gosling: Area Man is a famewhore. Every time anything happens anywhere, there's Area. It's like the asshole just follows around journalists and does shiat to get their attention. I'm sick of hearing about Area all the time. He's worse than the Kardashians.


You are so right. Every time I go to "The Onion", Area Man is up to something.
 
2012-10-21 12:39:52 PM
It was a fare fight.
 
2012-10-21 12:41:06 PM

opiumpoopy: It was actually a blind man with a stick.


i46.tinypic.com
 
2012-10-21 12:42:02 PM
And even though i hadn't seen or spoke to him in many years, i know I'll miss him. I never had any friends like when I was twelve, Christ, does anyone?
 
2012-10-21 12:43:56 PM

Obama4Life: [www-personal.umich.edu image 223x331]


furrysenpai.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-10-21 12:44:06 PM

Vidwiz: I didn't know riding the light rail was considered a Flight?


IIt is when sabin suplexes it
 
2012-10-21 12:49:58 PM
My sister was mugged at 5am in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge biking to her Dojo and went all Ninja with her sword. The two guys still got her bike.
 
2012-10-21 12:50:54 PM
Just another reason why one should avoid starting land wars in Asia.
 
2012-10-21 01:11:14 PM
That's why I don't go further west than the Chase Field/US Airways Center stop on the light rail
 
2012-10-21 01:12:02 PM

T.M.S.: My sister was mugged at 5am in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge biking to her Dojo and went all Ninja with her sword. The two guys still got her bike.


See?? This is why we need to give your sister more beatings. Her candy-ass is just not prepared for anything other than a block of wood mugging her.

Or next X-Mas, just buy her a gun instead of a bluntened Feng Shuey butterknife. You wuss.
 
2012-10-21 01:17:04 PM

uttertosh: T.M.S.: My sister was mugged at 5am in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge biking to her Dojo and went all Ninja with her sword. The two guys still got her bike.

See?? This is why we need to give your sister more beatings. Her candy-ass is just not prepared for anything other than a block of wood mugging her.

Or next X-Mas, just buy her a gun instead of a bluntened Feng Shuey butterknife. You wuss.


She probably didn't want to be hassled by the cops for chopping off body parts in defense of a bicycle.
 
2012-10-21 01:33:38 PM

david_gaithersburg: ZAZ: If he tried that on a train in Boston he'd be in jail for carrying a dangerous weapon in public.

Yes, we know, you people gave up your right to bear arms many years ago. Ironic considering such a place played a major role in our history.


Yes, who was that Massachusetts governor who signed the assault weapons ban, again?
 
2012-10-21 01:40:23 PM

neenerist: opiumpoopy: It was actually a blind man with a stick.


Was gonna go with Blind Fury myself.


/suddenly feels old
 
2012-10-21 01:43:21 PM

BitwiseShift: Phoenix Arizona has light rail. Who would have guessed?

Does Sheriff Joe know about this and is he alright with it?


I have never been to Phoenix, but a few months ago while riding the VTA light rail in San Jose (which actually extends as far as Mountain View, Milpitas, and Campbell), I met a woman who had recently moved from Phoenix and was amazed by the VTA system. Apparently the light rail system in Phoenix is so small that it's not particularly useful unless you live downtown.

Not that VTA is without fault, of course. You can, for example, use the light rail to get from South San Jose to Mountain View and avoid the hour-and-a-half-long traffic jams that often ensue along Highways 101 and 280, but the light rail has so many stops along the way that it takes an hour and a half to get there anyway.
 
2012-10-21 01:45:02 PM

Lee Jackson Beauregard: david_gaithersburg: ZAZ: If he tried that on a train in Boston he'd be in jail for carrying a dangerous weapon in public.

Yes, we know, you people gave up your right to bear arms many years ago. Ironic considering such a place played a major role in our history.

Yes, who was that Massachusetts governor who signed the assault weapons ban, again?


Was it the one the lefties are complaining about being an uber conservative throwback to Neanderthalensis? That one?
 
2012-10-21 02:09:35 PM
Samurai swords are a good weapon in the right circumstances. I'm surprised he had the room to draw on a train. Personally I feel uncomfortable with the range you have to get to - very close to your opponent for any effective sword cut or flourish.

Pro-tip: Always hold the blade outwards, centered with your body and pointed at your targets throat.
 
2012-10-21 02:11:10 PM

Lee Jackson Beauregard: Yes, who was that Massachusetts governor who signed the assault weapons ban, again?


He's the same guy who enacted that socialized medicine regime, denying Real Americans of their God-given rights. That guy sucks.
 
2012-10-21 02:12:06 PM

BolshyGreatYarblocks: Photo of area man:

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2012-10-21 02:14:23 PM
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2012-10-21 02:17:53 PM

ZAZ: If he tried that on a train in Boston he'd be in jail for carrying a dangerous weapon in public.


Mass blade laws cover double-sided blades in excess of three inches. I don't recall anything being said of single-bladed weapons in any measurement.
 
2012-10-21 02:21:20 PM
I would think that in the confines of a subway car, something like a Roman gladius would be more effective--shorter, double edged blade made for stabbing and hacking and not sweeping arcs.

Then again, just the pyschological impact of seeing a samuri sword being drawn and at the ready is not to be discounted.
 
2012-10-21 02:21:29 PM

Bedstead Polisher: Are Samurai swords that common? They seem to make an appearance in news stories quite often.


I have 3 and a practice boken *points at beginning of Fark handle*
 
2012-10-21 02:26:03 PM

The_EliteOne: Samurai swords are a good weapon in the right circumstances. I'm surprised he had the room to draw on a train. Personally I feel uncomfortable with the range you have to get to - very close to your opponent for any effective sword cut or flourish.

Pro-tip: Always hold the blade outwards, centered with your body and pointed at your targets throat.


It would depend on the form he used. Aikido, which borrows very much from Bushido, teaches some very good CQC with a full sized katana. That said, if a tanto or wakizashi was available I would use that instead.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-10-21 02:30:32 PM
Saborlas

I was wrong about the state law, which covers switchblades and many other sharp and blunt objects but not swords. However, Boston has a knife ordinance which prohibits carrying a sword without a legitimate recreational or culinary reason.
 
2012-10-21 02:33:53 PM

ZAZ: legitimate recreational


Because I damn well please is not good enough for the People's Republic of Boston.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-10-21 02:44:56 PM
Aikidogamer

You see the same attitude towards gun permits in many cities and towns. Permits are issued in the sole discretion of the police chief. (For practical purposes that's true; technically you can sue if he's dumb enough to admit denying your application for an improper reason.) The permit you want is "all lawful purposes," allowing you to carry anywhere guns are not explicitly prohibited. The permit you get is likely to be limited to carrying to and from target practice.
 
2012-10-21 02:45:19 PM

anfrind: BitwiseShift: Phoenix Arizona has light rail. Who would have guessed?

Does Sheriff Joe know about this and is he alright with it?

I have never been to Phoenix, but a few months ago while riding the VTA light rail in San Jose (which actually extends as far as Mountain View, Milpitas, and Campbell), I met a woman who had recently moved from Phoenix and was amazed by the VTA system. Apparently the light rail system in Phoenix is so small that it's not particularly useful unless you live downtown.

Not that VTA is without fault, of course. You can, for example, use the light rail to get from South San Jose to Mountain View and avoid the hour-and-a-half-long traffic jams that often ensue along Highways 101 and 280, but the light rail has so many stops along the way that it takes an hour and a half to get there anyway.


Yeah. The light rail in phx goes for some twenty miles. But it is just one line that goes through downtown. The nicer suburbs had a chance to be apart of the light trail, but opted out. Seems they didn't want public transportation to connect them to phx and mesa.
 
2012-10-21 02:47:17 PM
What the area guy on the train may have looked like:

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(Christopher Lambert said to be relieved...)
 
2012-10-21 04:03:32 PM

Bedstead Polisher: Are Samurai swords that common? They seem to make an appearance in news stories quite often.


Real ones are not common and very rare outside of Japan. But mass produced replicas very are quite common. A replica may not slice straight though a body like a real, hand crafted katana, but it'll still do the job against your basic thug.
 
2012-10-21 04:41:02 PM
Was his name Paul?

/Too obscure?
//Also, some vigilante justice is freaking awesome!
 
2012-10-21 05:34:50 PM

T.M.S.: My sister was mugged at 5am in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge biking to her Dojo and went all Ninja with her sword. The two guys still got her bike.


And what did she claim from these vagabonds? A hand? A foot?
 
2012-10-21 07:09:51 PM
The martial arts weapon, long-associated with feudal Japan, does not appear often on American public transportation.

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2012-10-21 07:42:45 PM

Aulus: I would think that in the confines of a subway car, something like a Roman gladius would be more effective--shorter, double edged blade made for stabbing and hacking and not sweeping arcs.

Then again, just the pyschological impact of seeing a samuri sword being drawn and at the ready is not to be discounted.


As referenced by ChubbyTiger, the Kukri seems to be the anti-train-robber weapon of choice. With the optional attached Gurkha
 
2012-10-21 07:44:12 PM
Omg

The cure for black people has been discovered



JAPANESE PEOPLE!
 
2012-10-21 11:47:23 PM
He handled the blade pretty well. Held it correctly for poking/prodding in tight, enclosed spaces (entendre intended) and for exiting/entering a doorway. Still, though, knife to a gunfight and all that. Most people who draw swords in public end up getting shot by someone. This guy just got lucky.
 
2012-10-22 12:35:28 AM
T.M.S... Obviously, your sister was not too proficient with her sword, else she'd still have her bike
 
2012-10-22 12:39:39 AM
Good point, Aulus... I personally prefer a wakizashi (short version of the long Katana) for close encounters such as this
 
2012-10-22 03:39:53 AM

Resident Muslim: neenerist: opiumpoopy: It was actually a blind man with a stick.

Was gonna go with Blind Fury myself.


/suddenly feels old



Which is based on Zatoichi Challenged...
 
2012-10-22 04:32:12 AM

BitwiseShift: Phoenix Arizona has light rail. Who would have guessed?


I hear there's a run to Yuma most afternoons, a little after three...
 
2012-10-22 05:37:57 AM

Ambivalence: Bedstead Polisher: Are Samurai swords that common? They seem to make an appearance in news stories quite often.

Real ones are not common and very rare outside of Japan. But mass produced replicas very are quite common. A replica may not slice straight though a body like a real, hand crafted katana, but it'll still do the job against your basic thug.


Not so. Huge numbers of blades both antique and military were brought back from WW2 and thepost-war occupation of Japan by American servicemen. And a decent steel replica will still carve up human anatomy like a halloween pumpkin. It's amazing how soft bodies actually are.
 
2012-10-22 06:12:20 AM

twiztedjustin: Omg

The cure for black people has been discovered



JAPANESE PEOPLE!


Now we just need a cure for anyone who types "OMG" when conversing with adults.
 
2012-10-22 06:34:26 AM

Tsar_Bomba1: Resident Muslim: neenerist: opiumpoopy: It was actually a blind man with a stick.

Was gonna go with Blind Fury myself.


/suddenly feels old


Which is based on Zatoichi Challenged...


Guess I should look it up then.
:)


/Fark. You live and learn.
 
2012-10-22 03:14:11 PM
I hate it when I'm on the train and there's some guy committing the Sin of Ronan right there in front of me.
 
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