I don't have a link, . . . but I read somewhere, . . . years ago, . . . that there was a move afoot in Europe to ban the cross bow.
It was such a savage weapon, . . . no sporting purpose, . . . designed only to kill.
Actually what it did was put the foot soldier with it on an equal footing as the knight in his armor on his horse. There were even some "home made" versions that allowed the peasant to hold his own against the lords.
In that article, it sighted the true long bow as pretty much bringing an end to the "knights in shining armor" but the cross bow was the exclamation point.
Our AR's, AK's and M's of different flavors are the direct descendants of the cross bow, . . . and still stand needed to keep the elite from riding rough shod over the masses.
May God bless,
If you can breathe, . . . thank God!
If you can read, . . . thank a teacher!
If you are reading this in English, . . . thank a Veteran!