Texas has some really stupid laws.
I suppose everywhere does, but since the only Penal Code I'm familiar with is the one in Texas, we'll go with what I know.
Yes, for those who know me, it's my famous Switchblade Rant.
Why is it unlawful in Texas to carry a switchblade? Can anyone explain to me the logic behind this law?
For those of you who do not know, a switchblade is a knife with a spring-loaded blade, designed to be opened by pressing a button on the handle.
It's also a fairly delicate mechanism.
To see the absolute bloody beauty of this, please understand that it is lawful in Texas to carry a fixed-blade knife as long a the blade is less than 5.5 inches in length.
Yes, Gentle Readers, you can carry a 5-inch hunting knife, but you can't carry a three-inch switchblade.
You can carry a knife with a fixed five-inch blade that absolutely WILL NOT break, fail to open, or malfunction in any way.
You CAN NOT carry a knife that depends on a delicate spring to hopefully pop a blade out of the handle and hopefully lock the blade into position so that it does not collapse into the knife or across your fingers during use.
Is it just me?
Maybe I've been jaded by experience and/or training, but given the choice I'd much rather have someone coming after me a switchblade -- with the attendant possibility of said switchblade breaking, failing to work, or abruptly closing at the wrong time -- than the same person with a fixed blade knife that has zero possibility of not working.
I realize that there have been laws throughout history that got passed on sheer emotion, rather than logic, but it seems to me that in the past Logic was the guiding light of Law most of the time.
Don't believe me? The Constitution is a wonderful study in logic.
The last 40-50 years, though, I get the impression that Emotion has been the major factor in the passing of Law.
Why did we temporarily ban "assault rifles"?
Logically, an "assault rifle" is woefully underpowered compared to a hunting rifle. Hell, some places won't let hunters use 5.56mm to hunt 80 pound deer because it won't kill them reliably.
No. We banned "assault rifles" because some-bloody-idiot got on the TeeVee with her lower lip trembling and started whining about how "scary" black assault rifles looked.
Same thing with switchblades.
A switchblade sucks as a fighting knife compared to a fixed blade knife, but some-bloody-idiot got up in front of the Texas Legislature -- no doubt with a trembling lip -- and started whining about them uppity minorities killin' everbody and Grandma Frickert with switchblades and we're stuck with a silly-assed law.
Emotion is a piss-poor reason for passing laws, and it's about time that someone with some testicular fortitude got into politics and pointed this out.
Unfortunately, I don't see this happening as long as Hollywood has a deathgrip on the mind of John Q. Public.