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Is a knife the best weapon a civilian can have for self defense?
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is a knife the best weapon a civilian can have for self defense?

isnt it the most versitile weapon? doesnt it flow with all forms of combat?

think about it, its easy to conceal, easy to use, easy to master, and it goes with every fighting style/martial art.

You can use it for boxing, just hold the knife out to the side in your fists and every punch become a potential cut!

You can use it for wreslting, use that knife to cut your way out of holds, create openings for summissions, and even annoy the enemy with cuts to his fingers.

This can be used for tradition styles as well, ever heard of the infamouse knife hand block/ chop? Well, just use a real knife for the technique .:lol: .

the knife can be used to block attacks, trap them, cut, stab, bruise, ect. And unlike a gun, you dont need a permit and u dont have to kill your opponent-cuts below the waist are non-lethal. U know how muay thai guys love to kick the leg to slow down opponent? well. cutting the leg is even more effective. You can cut right through muscle tissue and slow down your opponent...

You can also throw a knife is u are accurate enough, so it can be used as a long range weapon to. Your thoughs on my new discovery? peace over war
Posted 2/11/10
weapons are for cowards IMO. I wouldn't favor any weapon that can harm you severely versus just fighting with your hands. at least you'll live when you're fighting with your hands [depending on how hard a individual punches though & where].
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weapons are for cowards IMO. I wouldn't favor any weapon that can harm you severely versus just fighting with your hands. at least you'll live when you're fighting with your hands [depending on how hard a individual punches though & where].


1000s of years ago....

that would not have sounded all nice and honorable but rather foolish.In reality you dont have much of a choice if your country is being evaded for no reason by some foriegn people who want to kill u and your family simply because they can. And they are coming with weapons, which are hard to defend against with fists and feet alone...

In modern times, if u find yourself outnumbered, or in a high risks situation, often times a weapon is your legal and best option, particularly is you are protecting someone. peace over war
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You're really into fighting and weapons, ha?

If you have fast reflex and stuff then yea but if you were slow...
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It's kind of sad that civilians would even have to need self defense and a weapon in the first place, honestly.
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A rock is the best weapon. U serve less jail time if u kill the person with a rock( misdemeanor), since it isnt considered a "weapon"
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Think how easily it would be for the person assaulting/mugging/whatever is happenong, to take that knife and jam it into you
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1000s of years ago....

that would not have sounded all nice and honorable but rather foolish.In reality you dont have much of a choice if your country is being evaded for no reason by some foriegn people who want to kill u and your family simply because they can. And they are coming with weapons, which are hard to defend against with fists and feet alone...

In modern times, if u find yourself outnumbered, or in a high risks situation, often times a weapon is your legal and best option, particularly is you are protecting someone. peace over war


I don't get into confrontations w/others anyway since ppl are stupid. but, case in point, weapons were made by cowards, cowards use those weapons. shouldn't have to harm or kill just to solve whatever your problem is.
Posted 2/11/10
well yea, but then "guns" got invented.
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JJT2 wrote:

1000s of years ago....

that would not have sounded all nice and honorable but rather foolish.In reality you dont have much of a choice if your country is being evaded for no reason by some foriegn people who want to kill u and your family simply because they can. And they are coming with weapons, which are hard to defend against with fists and feet alone...

In modern times, if u find yourself outnumbered, or in a high risks situation, often times a weapon is your legal and best option, particularly is you are protecting someone. peace over war


I don't get into confrontations w/others anyway since ppl are stupid. but, case in point, weapons were made by cowards, cowards use those weapons. shouldn't have to harm or kill just to solve whatever your problem is.


Life is not that easy or fair where you can just avoid confrontation because you want to or because its the smart thing to do.
A person who uses a weapon is not a coward, he/she is a person who wants a higher chance of survival and will do that buy using a tool to disable or eliminate a problem that threatens their life.

For a well trained individual, a weapon is not only a tool it is an extension of a person's limb. Just as usable as familiar as using your hand , but even more useful.

People who use weapons are not cowards. If the world was a fair kind and loving place there would be no need for fighting, thus no need for weapons, but the fact of the matter is, the world today is not a kind, fair, and loving world. If you want to be a coward you can ignore the fact that the world today is a dangerous, frightening, unfair place and simply give up living a hard difficult life and just live by the virtue of a religion in faith that when you die because you decided to not carry a weapon you can just go to heaven.

People wouldn't have to grow brains to live in peace. People have brains to survive, make tools that becomes an extension of a person's body and to disable or eliminate a problem in their life. If not maybe the lions or the tigers could be the dominating species in the world. You don't need brains as good as ours to live in peace. A coward runs away, gives up, or just ignores a problem. A brave person confronts the problem and even tries to save him/her self and even save others.

Weapons are bad in the use of the wrong people, thats why there are laws, but laws are not perfect, so if you want to be brave and smart you have to at least learn how to use a legal self defense weapon properly or else you won't be able to do anything when a criminal points a gun at your face or even worse at your family.
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A knife can't win against a gun
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As somone who has been in a position that invlolved being shot at and shooting back I can tell you the most important weapon is using your brain and being totally aware of your surroundings. Sure having a gun or a knife is great but being able to use the area arround you to give you an advantage reguardless of your current equipment will give you the upper hand in any form of self defense. Yes it is true that a handgun can shoot anywhere from 5-15 bullets but the person firing has to be able to aim. There is also the fact that a gun is not silent. even silencer equipped guns aren't silent as they dont sound like they do in the movies. A loud noise can alert someone of your presence.

Basically any weapon is only a compliment or a hindrance to its weilder. If you take the time to observe your surroundings you can easily sneak up behind them and while placing a hand over the mouth pierce them fatally using areas that exact the quickest means of death as less struggle = less noise. In a frontal assault your gun may still be unafective if im moving and you have to reload. That time taken to reload may be all the time I need to come in and cut your throat. Ultimately knives are better then guns because they are light, compact, and never run out of bullets. They can be used as tools or weapons. Even if they dull they can still perform the intended job. But in the end the best weapon is you as knowing how to effectively use your weapon and terrain will ensure your survival and the others demise.

Keep in mind though sometimes the best self defense is in eluding or avoiding your enemy.

Oh and by the way you dont need a permit or even need to register a hand gun in all states, countries etc. in virginia it is illegal for the state to keep information about your handgun purchase for more then 30 days. VA is an open carry state which means I can carry my gun in my lap loaded and chambered while driving. I don't need a permit to own it nor do I have to notify the state if I sell or transfer it. I dont need a permit to carry it either. I can walk around all day with it in its holster and there is nothing the law can say. It isn't until I conceal it that I need a permit.

I have to say the best way I have found to get out of a speeding ticket is to put my hands out the window and notify the officer I have a loaded 45 in the passenger seat and cannot get my license and registration for him without reaching over the weapon. 9 times out of 10 they will tell you make it safe and slow down and thats it!!
Posted 2/11/10
Use your head...meditating can help you overcome fear and help concentration in a screwed up situation.
Posted 2/11/10

JJT2 wrote:

is a knife the best weapon a civilian can have for self defense?

isnt it the most versitile weapon? doesnt it flow with all forms of combat?

think about it, its easy to conceal, easy to use, easy to master, and it goes with every fighting style/martial art.

You can use it for boxing, just hold the knife out to the side in your fists and every punch become a potential cut!

You can use it for wreslting, use that knife to cut your way out of holds, create openings for summissions, and even annoy the enemy with cuts to his fingers.

This can be used for tradition styles as well, ever heard of the infamouse knife hand block/ chop? Well, just use a real knife for the technique .:lol: .

the knife can be used to block attacks, trap them, cut, stab, bruise, ect. And unlike a gun, you dont need a permit and u dont have to kill your opponent-cuts below the waist are non-lethal. U know how muay thai guys love to kick the leg to slow down opponent? well. cutting the leg is even more effective. You can cut right through muscle tissue and slow down your opponent...

You can also throw a knife is u are accurate enough, so it can be used as a long range weapon to. Your thoughs on my new discovery? peace over war


haha true indeed. Would you really recommend however...everyone carry knives? It does cause lots of problems when a knife is in the hands of some idiot kids who end up stabbing eachother.
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Tell me if you were being assaulted and possibly about to be raped would you hit the guy? would you hit him with your purse or maybe you would spray mace in his face or grab the rock next to you while you're on the ground about to be assaulted. all of those things even your hands are weapons. anything even a spoon can be a weapon if used properly. I bet you are one of those people that thinks they should not allow people to own guns for instance. well criminals dont care about your laws. infact when the DC gun ban went into effect the crime rate increased because the law abiding citizens no longer had their weapons. In New Orleans the national guard went around after Katrina and rounded up all guns. A week later New Orleans had the highest murder rate in the country. Weapons serve their purpose. they don't make someone a coward. The coward is the criminal that uses his weapons against defensless people. be it his hands or his knives and guns. A person using them to defend themselves is not a coward at all. You wouldnt last 5 seconds with your attitude in a warzone but then I guess in your mind the world is like taking a walk at disney land. You need to wake up and open your eyes.

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