1.) Go to Wikipedia.
2.) Click on “Random article.”
3.) Report on the outcome.
The crossbow often has a complicated legal status due to its lethality and its similarities with both firearms and other archery weapons.
This is really a very strange Wikipedia entry. There’s no general content whatsoever. After the single sentence I just quoted, the article proceeds to give some sketchy details about the legality of crossbows in a handful of countries—from Australia to Denmark. If I were thinking about buying a crossbow(!) in one of those jurisdictions, and I’m not, I don’t think I’d feel confident in the information provided here…. For instance, the section on the United States provides specific information only as to Georgia and Ohio. Are those states the crossbow capitals of the nation? Somehow I doubt it. (Hi, Texas! Hi, Arkansas!)
Where are the crossbow-legality experts, and why haven’t they found Wikipedia?
This entry is bound to draw some creepy traffic to the blog via search engines…. If you’re a crossbow fan, creepy or non-creepy, leave me a message, ok?