people don't in general do that
Oh, but they do. People are violent. You're old enough to remember that we had to be constantly reminded in mass media and by the stewardesses to not try to wrestle with hijackers; to do things the "civilized" way. People followed the rules until it was clear the rules didn't apply. Then they acted. And they've acted many times since. Sure, it wouldn't hurt to have a few more air marshals, but what good are four air marshals compared to a plane full of passengers with knives? Pen knives used to be carried by everyone everywhere. Now they're scary terrorist weapons.
In the same vein, why does an armed robbery in many states carry an "enhanced" sentence, or even become a different crime, because a gun was used? Would a crossbow or a big knife have been any different? They're all deadly weapons.
Armed robbery includes any deadly weapon brandished as threat of force during the robbery, not just firearms. Branding a weapon while robbing lends insight to the mindset of the criminal; that he or she is willing to cause bodily harm or kill in their commission of a crime. Killing (even accidentally) in the commission of a felony is usually considered murder, so planning to kill in commission of a felony is like planning to murder.
As usual: I am not a lawyer, mileage may vary, void in the Commonwealth of Oklahansas.
Are you serious?
Perhaps you missed the CIS:Miami meme/joke at the end of my post. The serious tone was a necessary counterpoint.
Some of the same writers on the other hand spent a lot of time making sure the stars go by in the right direction on the ship in Futurama, as they were trying to make the layout of the ship there a little more sensible, most of the time.
Despite the ship be nonsensical. FYI, it's not just the stars that move. The ship moves the entire universe!
Pretty difficult to conceal a broadsword.
Scabbard, cloth over the hilt. Done.
As long as we're going to reinvent the wheel again, we might as well try making it round this time. - Mike Dennison