Re: Use a sword
"My guess would be we would see a significant drop in armed conflicts."
Richard Gatling had hopes his invention would lessen the slaught of armed conflicts, too. "It occurred to me that if I could invent a machine – a gun – which could by its rapidity of fire, enable one man to do as much battle duty as a hundred, that it would, to a large extent supersede the necessity of large armies, and consequently, exposure to battle and disease [would] be greatly diminished."
"Like an old knight once said: A sword... an elegant weapon from more civilized days."
That knight probably never saw actual battle, then. Swords leave horrific injuries and are usually wielded with very uncivilized anger.