Would we use lightsabers?
Yabuturtle wrote: In the near future, I'm not sure about them showing up in the near future...
Just because someone has a gun doesn't mean they actually want to shoot you with it. In GTA terms its like the difference between 1 star and 3. Guns are used mostly for protection and to intimidate the other person.
I don't know how folk use guns in other parts of the world, but in my experience the difference between drawing a gun and firing it to kill (a person) is around 5-6 seconds - The time it takes to given the legally mandated warnings in a loud clear voice.
(I'm not going to get mired in a discussion about what could happen in those 6 seconds - Obviously if a threat is moving towards you, or a protected party/object with plausible intent or capability to harm, that time can be as short as you'd like)
As for all the people with vague comments on the reflexes and skill required to safely use a lightsabre - I do fencing, and I have never fallen on my own sword or hit myself.
Yes they would be dangerous, and as Obi points out - possibly more like a laser pointer than a sword, so without that "feedback" of the moving mass, you may very well be more likely to slice off your own limbs - but wild speculation and reference to arbitrary "levels" of skill or dexterity are pretty useless.
To go back to the gun thing, this more or less holds true, there are lot more accidents with short barrelled weapons (ie - pistols) as people seem less able to "imagine" the line where the bullets go.
magnus97 wrote: I don't get what you mean Arisaig.
It's a design by Disney, supposed to be the 'most accurate saber ever'. If you go to this link ( www.slashfilm.com/disney-lightsaber-patent/ ) you'll be able to see the design for the internals.
The question then becomes... if we have something that realistic that doesn't kill (or, at least, would be extremely hard to)... why would we, as Jedi, want anything more?