Why arming our Police is not such a flash idea
When the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre suggested that the “solution” to mass shootings in US schools was to arm teachers, the response of trhose with more common sense was one of (a) disbelief (b) dismay and (c) disgust. (See previous blogpost: NRA response; more guns. Common sense sez otherwise. )
And rightly so. Escalation of America’s internal arms race could not be viewed by any sane human being as anything other than compounding the madness that is part and parcel of their fixation on guns.
New Zealanders generally shook their collective heads at the sheer stupidity of Wayne LaPierre’s suggestion.
But it seems that we, ourselves, are not above knee-jerk reactions when it comes to crime, drunken mayhem, Police, etc.
As is usual now with the de-regulation of the booze industry and our laws on alcohol (courtesy of the “free market” and the Cult of the Individual), theend-of-year “festive season” now includes a routine plethora of out-of-control parties and public displays of alcohol-fuelled violence.
As if we should be surprised that the easy availability of cheap booze would have any other consequences?
This year was no different, with several instances of Police having to deal with alcohol-fueled fights and other public dis-order.
The intensity of the violence has taken a new turn, with Police themselves coming under direct attack.
One was particularly nasty,
In one, big, reflexive jerk of the knee, Police Association vice-president, Luke Shadbolt, repeated the call to routinely arm police,
“Increasingly, members are calling for general arming. And we know, amongst the staff … more and more are leaning toward general arming as well.”
Thankfully, though, others in the Police force were able to exercise a modicum of common sense. Whangarei area commander Inspector Tracy Phillips stated the blindingly obvious,
“I don’t know what would have happened [if he’d been armed] but firearms are easier to use than Tasers.“
That’s right, folks; one of the drunk partygoers had taken the constable’s taser and had tried to use it on the unconscious police officer.
The complexity of the weapon defeated the drunk idiot.
Now replace the taser with a handgun.
Instead of two bruised and battered police officers, we would have at least one – probably two – dead police; grieving families; and two more names to add to a sad list at the Police College of fallen policemen and women,
In this case, the lack of guns probably saved two lives.
Meanwhile, as if we needed to emphasise the point, in 2010 seven American police officers were killed by their own weapons that had been taken from them. (See: FBI Releases Preliminary Statistics for Law Enforcement Officers Killed in 2010)
We have a problem in this country, but it is not with unarmed Police.
Our problem lies with the ubiquitous availability of dirt-cheap booze; a gutless National “government” that has kowtowed to the liquor industry; and an attitude in this country that alcohol abuse is someone elses’ problem.
Anyone who seriously thinks that giving guns to police will solve this deep malaise in our society has probably had one too many.
The Press: New liquor laws ‘dog’s breakfast’ – Dickerson (12 Dec 2012)
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