Originally Posted by dadinblue
Ridiculous assertion, that a police officer carries a gun to threaten people. And then to mention taxes? When did someone get shot for non-payment of taxes?
As a trained officer, I can tell you that I do not pull my gun to wave it around in an intimidating manner, as if to encourage someone to obey the law.
If I have my gun out, it means that the situation warrants it -- I am in danger, my partner is in danger, the suspect is in danger or a member of the public is in danger -- and my job is to protect those lives.
Anti-police attitudes are so pervasive in this thread -- but few people seem willing to step up and explain why they feel that way, why their husband was tasered etc. They're just content to sit back and bash away at the police...
I wonder who they will call when their car is stolen by some meth-head. Or when they are in the 7-11 and a gunman walks in and takes hostages. Or when the next Son of Sam, Green River Killer, Charles Manson, or Jeffrey Dahmer starts stalking their neighbourhoods.
No doubt cops have a tough job. But the police are the "arm of the law". They carry guns to protect themselves who might threaten them. But they also carry guns as agents of the state to enforce the state's laws.
The state participates in these constantly, every day. With no knock warrants, false arrests. Why did those three "rapists" from Duke get arrested? Fear of the state, perhaps? How about Corey Maye, when his house was busted into late at night with a no knock he thought burglars were at his door, picking up his gun he killed one officer, then he realized who they were and went willingly. Then he was put on death row. How about Ed and Elaine Brown who are not paying their taxes and their house is under siege? Neither Ed nor Elaine have harmed anyone, yet armed to the teeth "soldiers" surround their property threatening them.
Cops have a tough job. Typically I don't blame them when they shoot. Either way they are agents of the state and do the bidding of the state whether or not someone is a threat to others or not.
All laws are enforced with the threat of violence. The gun is part of that violence. I despise violence.
One more thing, who comes when I call the police? Typically, no one!!! They don't respond, or come, in any timely fashion. Three times in the last year I have called them. Once they showed, over an hour after the call despite the fact I had the suspect in my kitchen.
If you want something done...............