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Re: OT: Corpses, etc. (was: Re: Gender in conlangs (was: Re: Umlauts (was Re: Elves and Ill Bethisad)))

From:Isidora Zamora <isidora@...>
Date:Friday, November 7, 2003, 20:52
>Of course, a pretty significant difference here is that while the Trehelish >carry bows and arrows, a pocket-size Tairezan gun can easily be as powerful as >a present-day bazooka. The more powerful weapons technology, the higher need >to control it, generally.
That is a pretty significant difference. That's a pretty powerful little gun. I guess I can see why even having a gun in your pocket would be considered armed rebellion; that's an awful lot of firepower. Trehelish weapons are very low-firepower by comparison. And when most weapons are blades of some sort, it is absolutely impossible to take them away entirely. Honestly, everyone carries a knife as a tool as a matter of course; you need one for your everyday life. Those knives are generally pretty small, and most of them are probably single-edged, whereas a dagger would be larger and always double-edged, but trying to legally define the difference between a knife and a dagger could get difficult, and small knives can be deadly, too. And I don't think that it would go over very well if someone tried to introduce a law disarming the civilian population - if the idea even occurred to anyone in the first place. Isidora