Background check? No problemo, pal. Think Obama wants to take away your . . . sword? Bwahahahaha, if you'll pardon a bit of unseemly mirth. No, think about it: no waiting for background checks, no need to register it, it's perfectly legal, probably permissible to carry into schools theaters, malls, airports, the Kentucky Derby (particularly if it's the old "cavalry" model) . . .
. . . possibly something that could pass as an antique, one of those heirlooms that's been in your family since the days of Uncle Anaximander . . .
What came to mind when I saw that bumper sticker was how passing strange is our fixation on guns, as though they must be the only arms we have a constitutional right to bear. I mean to say, a sword is an arm in any accepted sense of the term, and yet nary a National Sword Association (NSA) protecting that right; no legislative agendas to introduce concealed carry for swords; no modern-day member of Congress striding into that august chamber with a sabre strapped to his side. And no bumper stickers portraying a particularly lethal blade and the challenge to "Come and Take It."
Come and Take It
Admittedly not a compelling bumper sticker, but my point stands. If carrying a gun is a right granted by God to all God-fearing American patriots, then a fortiori it would seem that carrying a sword is an equivalent right, since God also carries a sword.
Sharpening a Sword (Haung Ji)
Admittedly they sometimes dressed oddly, but then gun owners don't set a high mark either . . .
These guys, on the other hand, didn't wear puce shirts. And when they were done with each other there were arms and legs everywhere.