[A]ll baptised Sikhs (Khalsa) must wear a kirpan [sword or dagger] at all times....It is a shame that none of them were able to bring the kirpan to its proper use today. Perhaps we shall learn that some of the fallen were trying. In any case, they are a fine and noble people, and I am terribly sorry for their loss.
The kirpan is both a defensive weapon and a symbol. Physically it is an instrument of "ahimsa" or non-violence. The principle of ahimsa is to actively prevent violence, not to simply stand by idly whilst violence is being done. To that end, the kirpan is a tool to be used to prevent violence from being done to a defenseless person when all other means to do so have failed.
On the Occasion of a Sikh Massacre
There are few religions in the world that I admire more than the Sikh faith. These are my brothers, at least in one of their most sacred concepts.
By Grim on Sunday, August 05, 2012