2 weeks, 4 days ago
Someone named Bob Cesca wrote as idiotic an article at Salon as you will ever read. That’s not what interests me. What does interest me is the comment thread, in which Jason Koskey says this.
Because we empower them to take lives. They are one of the few professions entrusted with such an awesome responsibility.
It’s simply a matter of fact that guns are offensive. Yes, you may successful shoot someone before they shoot you. That’s still offence, not defence. Guns have no defensive properties.
He’s referring to LEOs here with regards to his comment. We “empower them to take lives!” Forget for a moment that if guns have no defensive properties (?), LEOs would have no business carrying them to begin with.
Or perhaps that presupposes the consequent, or begs the question. Perhaps Jason believes that cops need guns not for self defense, but only in order to do society’s bidding to take lives. Forget due process, forget equal protection. LEOs take lives. That’s their purpose according to Jason.
This is a stark reminder concerning what collectivists think, and how far they’ve gone down the road to statism and serfdom. That in Tennessee versus Garner the Supreme Court said that LEOs can only use firearms in self defense (and not to fire on someone like an escaping prisoner) is irrelevant. That the SCOTUS said that cops have weapons for the very same reason civilians have them, i.e., personal protection, doesn’t matter to Jason.
Cops are empowered to take lives according to Jason. Pity the fool who turns to the state for his well being. The state cares nothing for him or his life.