It's one thing to disarm an opponent in the dojo when they're holding a plastic or wooden knife, it's totally another sack of ferrets to try to disarm a frantic person trying to mug you in the dark My brother is a martial artist with a collection of blades he keeps for aesthetics, but he would never keep one on him for self-defence because one slip with a knife and he (or the mugger) could be finished and the law over here is very anti-knife and anti-gun (we've had so many teen killings recently that having any knife on you longer than 3" is illegal) so my brother could be prosecuted for using a knife in self-defence, even if he'd disarmed the mugger and was using the mugger's own knife to keep them from running away. Such is the law!FyreGarnet wrote:He thought it would be a piece of cake to get the knife away from him. Needless to say, this guy ended up in the emergency room and was lucky to have lived.
As for the death penalty, we don't have one over here, but I think that we should for very serious crimes like murder, (I think the sentence for treason against the Crown is still hanging, but I'm not sure, no one has committed treason to find out!) Sentencing in this country has gone a bit stupid, with some cases I've seen murderers have got off with 10 years or less for serious crimes...because our prisons are stuffed with petty criminals. As a result, more serious crimes get less punishment and our Government has come up with the ASBO to deter petty criminals :s ASBO? Some teens collect ASBOs as badges of honour :s
I'm with Kitsune and Lotus, I like the 3-strikes analogy. That works for me. If you commit a crime that often you're asking for serious punishment.
Peacefully or even loudly protesting an unjust law is a different 'crime' to killing or harming another, and I think that if the death penalty was reintroduced to the UK, I would like to see it administered by judges and hangmen who were outside the political system (not that that would *ever* happen), I don't think political 'crimes' should ever be punishable by death because in a pseudo-democratic society, we're all allowed to step up and complain when something isn't working for us...like the Poll Tax.
As for terrorists...well, putting terrorists to death only creates martyrs for their cause, so the situation is very difficult. Public emotion will always run high over things like this so I can't see a way that putting terrorists to death would benefit anyone. Ok, so the world would have one less violent person willing to kill others for the cause...but if the cause is strong enough there will be more to take hir place. There is also the 'who is a terrorist?' question. One person's terrorist is another person's freedom-fighter. Don't tell me that the IRA went about their business believing themselves to be terrorists or that al'Qaeda believe they are terrorists!