GWU Police Department is UNARMED? Are they the only police department in the USA that does not carry firearms?
Police have far less need to be armed as a matter of course than do average citizens. Let's face it: police have an infinitesimally small chance of being present while a crime is actually being committed (if for no other reason than criminals expressly avoid committing crimes in the presence of police).
And even when they respond, the odds are good they'll just wait until the action's over in the name of "officer safety", which is of course far more important than the public safety they putatively exist to protect.
This notion that armed police are in any way an efficacious, reasonable, or necessary response to school shootings is a product of, well, public schools (the primary source of the hero-worship directed at the entire profession of Law Enfarcement). It sure ain't a product of logic.
Last edited by marshaul; 07-13-2013 at 10:48 AM.
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ETA: AHA! Now, I got him! Putative means assumed to exist. Thus, he's got a redundancy in his sentence. He's essentially saying police assumed to exist exist to protect. Heh, heh, heh.
Last edited by Citizen; 07-13-2013 at 11:53 AM.
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Last edited by marshaul; 07-13-2013 at 12:17 PM.
Well think about this, it's only been maybe 5 to 7 years ago that the police officers at the Veterans Administration Medical Centers were allowed to carry firearms. Prior to that is was mace and a baton.
Now think about the people they could run into and the training these people may have recieved with firearms and explosives.\
There were several VA Police who were killed in the line of duty. Many were shot and all they could do is throw stuff.
Correctional officers do their job around dangerous felons without firearms. It makes sense that police could do the same. Instead the pendulum has swung to more heavily arm police officers. IMO police as well as citizens should be allowed to be armed, but police probably would be killed less if they were not.
Originally Posted by Primus
a lot of european police dont carry firearms either.
Kinda miss the Mayberry days when Andy was an unarmed sheriff and Barny would carry a pistol (unloaded) with one round in his shirt pocket.....
Right Hitler, Stallan, Ceaser, Mussialine?, Sadam, Edy Ammen?, Noriega, and all the other would be dictators out there. Right Obama.
Why would they NEED to carry firearms?
DC has some of the strictest firearm 'control' laws in the US.
There would be no need for them to carry one.
In fact DC police shouldn't need to carry firearms either.
Unless they think the criminals might ignore the laws.................. like the REST of us have already figured out.
If DC cops get busted at such a rate, but always for unambiguously criminal behavior, how often do you think they get away with the sort of boundary-pushing cops all over the country routinely get away with?
i have always felt that LE should not carry firearms. they already have the color of law protecting them. they should only have non-lethal carry. then maybe a lot of citizens would not be shot and killed.
we did have a sheriff here in Mayberry, named of Taylor. got shot in the butt one time with a shotgun. the only thing is he didn't have a single hole in his britches
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i you call a CHP a CCW then you are really stupid. period.
they love our milk and honey, but they preach about some other way of living, when they're running down my country man they're walkin' on the fightin side of me