Axelgear wrote:Still, I do agree that public handling laws would make it a bit easier for people to fight back. After all, people carried swords in the Middle Ages all the time, and police forces were uncommon to say the least in some places, yet they still maintained a semblance of law.
Er, in the Middle Ages, very few people carried swords. Not only were they expensive as Hades, they were usually restricted by law to the nobility. The swordstick came in for the middle class in the Eighteenth Century; before that, you carried an eating knife at the very least, no matter what your class.
Actual weaponry for the lower classes clustered around farm-tool variants such as the flail, the glaive, the polearm, and the mace.
And, truthfully, it depends on what you consider a "semblance of law". According to the surviving histories, a nobleman could order his forces to slaughter the inhabitants of a village in order to let his forces take it over and add it to his lands. Hostages were a common bargaining tool between members of the nobility. The death of a serf wasn't even important enough to justify a murder trial. (A fact in common with the peasants of China and Japan in their feudal periods.)
Oh, a note about the Kirpan: The California schools require it to be blunted and riveted to its sheath.
In any event, the Kirpan is a symbol of the Khalsa Sikh, the baptised Sikh. The Khalsa Sikh is noted by the five Kakaars, articles of faith:
Keski: A small turban, work to protect both the Kesh (unshorn hair) and the Dasam Duaar (Tenth Gate, a spiritual opening said to reside at the top of the head).
Kanga: A small comb, to be worn at all times and used daily, as a symbol of organized life and thought.
Kara: An iron bracelet worn on the wrist of the dominant hand, as a symbolic link to the Guru.
Kachha: Modest linen underwear, to preserve modesty.
Kirpan: Literally, "kirpa aan", "respectful kindness". A small curved dagger, to be used only in defense of oneself or another. Western Ghlasa Sikhs generally wear a three-inch Kirpan under their clothes. (Kirpan may be up to three feet long.)
Side note: The Kirpan has its own martial art: Gatka. Primarily ritualistic in purpose, it focuses on circular movements, represntative of God's completeness. It is generally put down by proponents of the Shastar Vidya art, which is more complete and practical.