Thursday, May 1, 2014

Chief & Guns

"...A gun is not a defensive weapon.”  “A gun is an offensive weapon used to intimidate and show power,”  Recently a police chief made these two statements.  A gun is a weapon.  It can be used in the offense, or in the defense.  This is true for most weapons.  It is the circumstances and intentions of the user of the weapon that determine it's nature.

Police officers in his city carry firearms.  Do they carry them for the purpose of intimidation?  Do they carry them to show power?  If one of his officers was forced to use his firearms in a defensive manner to stop a criminal, would the chief go to court and testify that the officer used his firearm as an offensive weapon to show power?

This police chief was speaking at a political meeting and was in uniform.  I believe it is inappropriate for police officers to wear their uniforms when performing political actions.  It gives the impression that the speech is an official pronouncement from their agency.  This seems to be a poor showing by this agencies head; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.


Protect_and_Serve said...

Most Chiefs and Sheriffs are politicians not Cops.

Mike Creek said...

Yes, too many.