Richard Cardwell wrote:
Worryingly enough, that isn't the case in areas in my town (not Belfast, incidentally, but nearby). There are knife/knife fights fairly frequently on a Saturday night- I really don't know why. Absence of police, some deeply shady types, and a super-abundance of alcohol, I suppose. However, that's just a bizarre recent trend, and the police will hopefully get a handle on it soon.
However, I have to agree with the above sentence Ledyard sensei- thank you for injecting some realism!
It's a bit different in the Britain and Ireland... guns are of course fairly rare, but any altercation whether at a soccer match or at a concert or pub could easily inlvolve an edged weapon. Security people at those venues have to be very careful. There is very much a tradition of almost formalized brawling in the UK and that can include knives.