RoccoRacer wrote:"Furthermore, I can't see any moral distinction between a policeman and a law-abiding citizen. Policemen are drawn from the ranks of law-abiding citizens. They are not bred in hydroponics tanks. They are expected to show restraint and use their weapon as a last resort. Millions upon millions of citizens, a crowd more vast than entire armies of police, do exactly this every day."
This was my favorite quote. The Sheeple like to say that regular citizens shouldn't carry guns because they 'aren't trained.' Most states that issue permits require some form of training, and there are plenty of other gun schools around. One thing I thought was appalling was why bother with drivers licenses when the test is open book?
I will typically out shoot my LEO friends. They may carry a gun every day, it doesn't mean they train with it every day (or even every month for that matter).
I too have never liked the argument that police should carry the guns and not the citizens. It starts to set up a class of individuals who now have different/better rights than another class. This is the subtly of a "Praetorian Class" that I was referring to in my earlier post. This reclassification doesn't have to revolve around firearms either. I can only describe this anecdotally and this personal experience is the best way to describe it.
While in another conservative state, where there are tons of military and LEO families, I was waiting in line to board a plane. I was right in front with only an elderly couple ahead of me. The man was in a wheel chair and the woman had an oxygen tank.
Just before we were about to board, a young soldier in full BDUs came rushing to the front of the line, knocked the oxygen tank and almost tripped over the old man’s wheelchair.
Rather than saying “I’m so sorry sir” or “can I help you with that ma’am” his simply looked at me and the people behind me and said “Military gets to go on first”.
He was right, this was South West and they allow military to board before those needing assistance, business class, and families. I don’t have a real issue with this policy, but I had an issue with the way this young man handled it and his whole attitude towards the rest of us.
I was dumb founded. I figured he could have cut in front of me and said the same thing and I wouldn’t have had an issue. But to run over an elderly couple so he could be first in line was unacceptable.
But leonidas, why pick on him? Just after his comment to the rest of us, the couple behind me walks up to him, hands him some cash for a drink on the flight, and thanks him for his service.
I wanted to scream. To add insult to injury this soldier was completely out of shape, which also bothered me.
Before anyone accuses me of being anti-military and LEO, I’m not. In fact I have 5 family members in the military and two extended family members in LEO. They all agreed with my thinking on this. They all agree that we the people should be armed to the teeth; it makes their jobs easier in the long run.
Wow, this got long winded. Sorry about that!