and kill a man wearing a “Guy Fawkes” mask, seemingly without any actual cause to shoot.
Here is something you probably haven’t heard about the debacle in Ferguson, MO, USA.
I am of the firm opinion that this was a totally predictable event. The seeds have been sown since September 11, 2001. It started with the USA Patriot Act. This is what happens when government lawmakers make decisions based on FEAR.
With the deaths of nearly 3000 people on 9/11 our government lawmakers learned that the US was vulnerable. The proof was on every news station, every website, every radio station in the country. The immediate reaction was shock. Every citizen in the country was asking, “How did this happen HERE?”
Our lawmakers went from shock to fear. They feared their own constituents. The prevailing mood in Washington, DC, can best be summarized as, “We need to be seen trying to do something and it needs to be fast! The result was one long series of legislative missteps made under the assumption that “any action is better than no action.” USA Patriot – illegal wire taps – NSA data mining – TSA airport security screening. It was all ineffective, because it was all reactionary.
Now we see on the news yet another by-product of that fear. Local police forces confronting local citizens with military-grade hardware – equipment that was either given or sold to the local police department under the justification that if al-Qaida attacked, we’d need to be ready for an effective, local response anywhere in the country. FEAR. Guess what? That which they feared never happened.
As I’ve said before, it is my considered opinion that any weapon or protective armor that the government can justify equipping the police with should legally be available to all law-abiding citizens. It’s called the 2nd Amendment – which is just as much about enabling us to resist the abuse of power by our own government as it is about hunting or crime.
So, I have a solution for the current problem of police departments having military-grade equipment. Hold a raffle, and give away half of all the equipment they have received from the military to law-abiding citizens. Nobody with a violent crime record would be eligible. Provide the winners with specific training in the safe use of their weapons, along with 10,000 rounds of ammo and a lifetime membership to https://www.frontsight.com/ that covers training/practice on the weapons they win. Then appoint them as the Citizen Militia, and let them worry about protecting their communities from al-Qaida. Let the police go back to doing what they were supposed to do – enforce the local laws.
My wife sent me this advice for women who drive alone in their cars, knowing I could pass it on to many other women. It could easily apply to anyone who happens to be driving in their car with a policeman in an unmarked car trying to stop them. Sounds smart to me.
It was about 1 PM in the afternoon, and Lauren was driving to visit a friend. An UNMARKED police car pulled up behind her and put his lights on. Lauren’s parents have 4 children (high school and college age) and have always told them never to pull over for an unmarked car on the side of the road, but rather wait until they get a gas station, etc.
Lauren had actually listened to her parents advice, and promptly called *677 on her cell phone to tell the police dispatcher that she would not pull over right away. She proceeded to tell the dispatcher that there was an unmarked police car with a flashing red light on his rooftop behind her. The dispatcher checked to see if there were police cars where she was and there weren’t, and he told her to keep driving, remain calm and that he had back up already on the way.
Ten minutes later 4 cop cars surrounded her and the unmarked car behind her. One policeman went to her side and the others surrounded the car behind. They pulled the guy from the car and tackled him to the ground. The man was a convicted rapist and wanted for other crimes.
I never knew about the *677 Cell Phone Feature, but especially for a woman alone in a car, you should not pull over for an unmarked car. Apparently police have to respect your right to keep going to a “safe” place. You obviously need to make some signals that you acknowledge them (i.e. put on your hazard lights) or call *677 like Lauren did. Too bad the cell phone companies don’t generally give you this little bit of wonderful information.
*Speaking to a service representative at **Bell** Mobility confirmed that *677 was a direct link to OPP Dispatch. So, now it’s your turn to let your friends know about *677. Send this to every one you know, it may save a life.
Alright, it’s time for me to climb back onto my soap box. I’ve done gotten all riled up on another topic.
It’s the idea that we need police and laws to protect us. Protect us from what? Having to work things out between each other? Heaven forbid – we might actually have to talk to someone!
Here is my take on the “there ought to be a law” idea. I think it’s really very simple – before proposing another law, ask yourself these questions:
1. Would you be willing to empower someone else to kill over this issue?
2. Would you be willing to be killed because of this law?
Let’s face it, our legal system is so huge, so vast, that even seasoned veteran lawyers don’t know every law on the books. Congress, state governments, counties, and city governments add countless new laws every year, and rarely repeal an old one. The net result is that it is a virtual certainty that EVERYONE is guilty of breaking the law in some way – and judges love to point out to the condemned that “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” That only means that the police state wins any time you give it a reason to challenge you.
So, do we need laws? A few, sure. But, I believe that most laws exist to keep the lazy and corrupt in a position of influence over the honest and moral. If we did away with the bulk of the laws, we wouldn’t need parasites – oh, I mean lawyers. Do you know that the US has 1/8th of the population of the planet – but over half of the lawyers? Those lawyers produce nothing to better the economy – they live off of the earnings and production of others.
Oh, I drifted away from my main points. Sorry. I was talking about the use of lethal force to uphold a law. Let’s take a look at an example – the stop sign.
So, this guy is driving along and totally doesn’t see a stop sign, but a cop sees him run it. At that point, the cop knows nothing other than that the stop sign has been run. What the cop doesn’t know is the guy is driving on a suspended licence, has outstanding warrants, and has drugs in the car. Still with me?
So, the cop flips on his lights and gives chase. The sign runner sees the lights, and begins flight in earnest – he doesn’t want to be caught because he knows there is a warrant, his licence is bad, and he has drugs in the car. So, the chase is on.
The sign runner crashes his car after a bit, gets out and starts running on foot. The cop yells for him to stop, but the sign runner doesn’t – and the cop is faced with a decision that cops across the country face hundreds of times a week – how far do I go to enforce the law? The cop gives chase, calling for backup if he hasn’t already. So far they aren’t near any “civilians”, but the sign runner is headed towards a school yard. So the cop draws his gun and yells again for the sign runner to stop. Remember, the cop still doesn’t know anything about the sign runner except that he ran the sign, and tried to avoid capture.
If he fires, that stop sign law has authorized the use of lethal force to enforce it. It doesn’t matter if he kills the sign runner or not, the use of lethal force was applied. That is the bottom line. EVERY law ultimately authorizes the use of lethal force to enforce it.
So, are you willing to be killed because you think there should be a law telling someone else how to live their life?
Are you willing to authorize someone else to use lethal force when your kid is in a car with friends from school, and the driver doesn’t realize how fast he’s driving until it’s too late?