Today, archery is practised only by a few, and even then, it is considered to be a sport. Very few people nowadays would consider a bow and arrow to be their primary weapon-of-choice.
But did you know that archery practice used to be law? or at least statutory. (The law was revived in 1543 in case the French invaded.) You had to practice after church on Sundays. Not sure how I would reconcile that with 'thou shalt not kill'... Every man between the ages of 16 and 60 had to own his own bow, and it had to be as tall as he was.
A note here: so that men were not distracted from archery practice, certain sports were declared 'unlawful'. The main one being football. Honest.
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