Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Of course, officially it IS a weapon. . . .

The bagpipe, I mean. In 1746 after Culloden, Jamie Reid was tried for bearing arms against the king. His defense was that he did not bear arms; he only played the pipes. The pipes were adjudicated a weapon of war and Jamie ended his life at the business end of a rope. (As the trial was in York, the decision is only English precedent, not Scottish.)

So it seems only fair that the high-tech version of the pipes that caused the kerfuffle related here should be held to the same standards as its larger and louder predecessor.