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(ABC Local)   Our first "naked, sword-wielding maniac" story of 2013 comes courtesy of San Jose, CA   ( divider line
    More: Scary, San Jose, courtesy, San Jose Police Department  
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2013-01-01 08:06:13 PM  

Nuclear Monk: Obscure polearms also seem to be neglected in the things-frequently-wielded-by-naked-folk category.

Believe me, if I ever decide that it's time to be naked and screaming and gunned down by the police, I will most assuredly do so while brandishing a Bohemian Ear Spoon.
2013-01-01 08:10:36 PM  
I'd love to speculate on what weapon I would choose to wield naked, but I just know I'd chicken out at the last minute and wear a swimsuit or something.

/Besides, it's cold here
2013-01-01 08:37:47 PM  
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2013-01-01 08:56:02 PM  
i would use my meat sword
2013-01-01 09:21:18 PM  

DubtodaIll: If we want to get rid of mass shootings seems all we need to do is ban clothes. Which would also do wonders for the obesity epidemic, really I don't know why the Nudist lobby isn't all over this.

This would solve a number of problems, like taking a girl home only to find out she has two mosquito bites in a pushup, or knowing if a guy is lying when a woman asks him "honey, do you find me attractive?" ... I am so behind this law!!
2013-01-01 09:29:34 PM  

NephilimNexus: But... but... the media told me that mental health isn't a real issue and that only guns kill people!

2 out 10 - very week troll-fu.
Me thinks you missed the part of the article where, because all he had was a sword (and was nice enough to strip so they could SEE that all he had was a sword) no one died, not even the suicidal ninja. But thanks for playing!
2013-01-01 09:46:14 PM  
After 29 years of being called Coco, it's no damn wonder he snapped.
2013-01-01 10:14:18 PM  

bigstoopidbruce: I'm sorry, I guess I would make a terrible cop. I see a naked, sword-weidling man who is driving around with an AR 15 or whatever it is, I'm not going to get involved in an hours-long stand off. I'd take the guy out. Might aim for the knees and see what happens, but I couldn't stand there for two hours watching the guy jibber and cavort like he has half a working brain.

Yes and after you spent the next six months, filling out paperwork and giving depositions before various lawyers, next time you'll be all, bozo, as long you're waving that cheap chrome plated 'samurai sword' around over there, and not over here, I've got afternoon.
2013-01-01 10:43:10 PM  
When are we going to enact sensible penis control legislation? There is no reason for a citizen to have a semi-automatic assault penis with a high capacity scrotum capable of shooting thousands of sperm at once. Regulation and background checks, if not an outright ban, are necessary to keep our children safe.
2013-01-01 11:31:15 PM  

darth_badger: i would use my meat sword

Let me know when....
2013-01-02 12:46:17 AM  

Point02GPA: If being naked and banishing a Samurai sword is such a power play, how come erection isn't part of the story?

It just didn't come up.
2013-01-02 02:36:10 AM  
There's something about San Jose and samurai sword-wielding maniacs...

/Happened up the street from me.
//Never liked that Walgreens
///They caught the guy, btw
2013-01-02 02:59:29 AM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: Yes greenlight this one, not my misspelled headline with 9 comments

There can be only one.
2013-01-02 10:15:32 AM  
I'd have the common decency to cover my face, with a gas mask.

I'd probably also weild a yari, because reach is important.

/Naked except for a gas mask, weilding a Yari.
//Also Florida tag.
2013-01-02 12:05:43 PM  

DesktopHippie: Gyrfalcon: Zavulon: DesktopHippie: demaL-demaL-yeH: When you ban the open carry of rifles in California, the nutcases start to carry swords.

/Wait. I'm OK with that: Bullets are harder to outrun.

Can't say for certain, but I'd be shocked if it's legal to carry a sword in public there either.

Years ago, there was an exception for "martial arts" swords, to allow for carrying them to and from class or something. Not sure if that's still the case. It might just fall under the general knife laws, which mostly say open carry of any fixed blade is legal.

I guess it has to do with how easy it is to sneak up on someone with your chosen weapon. You know, because a handgun or knife can be kept in a pocket or whatever till it's time for the criminal to strike; whereas it's much harder to conceal your intentions strolling down the boulevard with a 14-foot sarissa over your shoulder. And while it's true that a rocket launcher does much more damage than, say, even a Glock; one would HOPE that someone hauling an RPG around the average suburb would be spotted right away and stopped. Or perhaps not.

Why carriers of edged weapons have to be naked nowadays is anyone's guess.

Yeah, that's kinda how it works in Ireland. A lot of gun and blade types are either illegal to carry in the open or banned outright, but we kept the stuff that's useful or stupidly difficult to conceal. Makes it easier for the police to focus on the people who are actually breaking the law. It's the same in the UK. They banned a bunch of semi-autos and high calibre guns after some guy in Hungerford wiped out a bunch of his neighbours, and then handguns after some guy in Dublane killed most of a classroom of kids, but they didn't bother banning shotguns after some guy in Cumbria shot 12 people with one because they figured all reasonable precautions had already been taken in terms of gun types available. They're focusing instead on extending the checks on gun owners they put in after Dublane - particularly making doctors aware if their patients are gun owners so they can altert the authorities if someone they're treating is suicidal. Last I checked, they hadn't sorted out the ins and outs of it though. There are a hell of a lot of privacy and data protection issues to consider.

Just checked again out of curiosity. It turns out that under CA state law, open carry of anything that's not a switchblade (defined in PC 653k) is still legal. The relevant bit is PC 12020's language about what constitutes a "dirk or dagger". Basically, any fixed blade cannot be concealed, but there are no restrictions on open carry. Folding blades of any length may be carried concealed.

That's state law, though. I believe a number of counties and cities have more restrictive ordinances on the books.

//not a lawyer, etc.
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