Saturday, October 09, 2010

This is the kind of crap the hoplophobes dearly want to see here

Police raided the Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords and three other locations Wednesday on suspicion of illegally possessing some 400 unregistered samurai swords, police said.

The society voluntarily submitted the swords, excluding decomposed ones, after finding 592 of mostly rusty Japanese swords without registration cards in February and March last year when they checked storage areas for repair work, the society said. Under the Swords and Firearms Control Law, owners are required to have their swords registered as art objects at prefectural boards of education.
Got that? It's basically a friggin' museum, but Deity Forbid they have something that isn't registered with the gummint; that's just not tolerable!

What the hoplophobes want: objects blamed for and banned for what people do; partly because "It's just right!" and largely because it makes people easier to control.


PQ said...

The samurai sword is deeply symbolic to a certain class of Japanese people.
There is quite possibly a lot more to the Government's actions than meet the eye.

Militarism and the samurai culture is generally abhorrent to most Japanese, but not all, and it would be instructive to know the reasoning behind the seizures before condemning it out of hand.

Firehand said...

Well, personally, the 'swords have to be registered', etc., is enough for me.

Anonymous said...

Add that to the destruction of a bunch of extremely rare and valuable Hino-Komura blow-forward! pistols found in a military warehouse a few years ago, for no better reason than rules is rules.

No wonder they accepted fascism - sheep, the lot of them!

(I'm only posting annon as I'm on a friend's IP).