Earlier this month, Emeryville, Calif. Police Chief Ken James argued that a gun is not a “defensive weapon” but rather an “offensive weapon used to intimidate and used to show power.”
He has a friend in Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank.
But open-carry is different, he adds. For example, a law enforcement officer openly carries a weapon for its “intimidation factor. In law enforcement, that’s the message you send.”
Intimidation. Fear. A Show of Power.
These are the police that are there to protect you. These are the reasons why they say they are carrying guns.