Why should I have to "lose"? Carrying a holstered weapon is (according to the courts) nothing to be alarmed about and isn't against the law.Resist a cop in the performance of hiss duties and you lose.
The courts have ruled that for police to detain a person for even the briefest moment of time, they must have achieved the legal standard called reasonable suspicion . Courts have ruled that merely carrying a gun is NOT cause for alarm and certainly does not satisfy reasonable suspicion, which is reasonable belief that a person has committed or is about to commit a crime, based on a very specific set of facts (not a hunch). Even a 911 call reporting a person walking around with a gun would not satisfy this legal requirement.
As a very peaceful, calm citizen, I think you are looking at the situation the wrong way. The police are starting a confrontation by drawing upon, disarming, detaining, etc. people whom they have no right to do so. As I said, being detained for the briefest moment of time requires specific reasonable belief a person has committed a crime -- which possession of a gun does not provide! Therefore in the vast majority of these stops, the police are not respecting constitutional rights, which is clearly initiating a confrontation.
I would ask you to investigate a little bit the issues involved in these encounters, in particular reasonable suspicion and probable cause and suspect rights. The case law is also useful. If the police are behaving properly and respecting citizen rights, all of us should have solely consensual encounters with police, which do not include pat down or disarmament.
If any other citizen approached me on the street and tried to disarm me, it would clearly be a conflict he started. The police have specific laws that allow them to disarm, arrest, etc. in specific circumstances. As an entirely law-abiding citizen, I can assure you they will never have cause to disarm or arrest me. To have such cause, they need a specific reasonable belief that I am about to commit a crime -- carrying a gun is not sufficient to have such a belief. Thus, should the police do so they are beginning a confrontation with me. Agreed?
I hope you are not suggesting that the police should get to violate my rights just because they are police -- there are specific laws that describe what police can do. If you agree that police are bound by the law, then you agree that the police have started confrontations in many stories described on these forums.