9 months, 4 weeks ago
We’ve discussed the ongoing attempt to hold states accountable via a boycott and also relocation of gun and ammunition companies from inhospitable states. But amidst the hubris of New York’s response, this sentiment was almost missed.
“To tell you the truth, Dave, we’re not worried about it,” John Grebert says. He is the executive director of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, a group that supported the new gun law in New York State.
But, he adds, “I think it’s pretty unfortunate that any business thinks they can bully us.”
Because people in law enforcement deal with criminals every days, Grebert thinks they have, “a greater right” to weapons, “to deal with potentially violent situations.” And Grebert says he’s confident police will still have access to the equipment they need “to get the job done right.”
He could be discussing the popular progressive notion that the militia doesn’t exist today because it’s an antiquated idea, or if it does, it consists of law enforcement. Thus, the second amendment gives them rights that it doesn’t give us, or a “greater right,” if you will.
But even though this takes on the trappings of erudition, it’s still ignorant and illogical. There were constabulary officers in the eighteenth century America that produced the constitution. And besides, if the second amendment applied only to constables, then we would have no right at all, not less right to weapons.
The reason he did give was that they deal with violence. You don’t, or if you do, it isn’t as necessary for you to be capable of dealing with it. Don’t ever forget this sentiment, and how it leads to an “us versus them” mentality in law enforcement. This is rich and wonderful because of its honesty. I’m thankful that he brought it up.