_Patriot wrote:Perfect example of an appeal to emotion falacy! It shouldn't matter if the person carrying the gun is in the premature baby ICU at the local hospital. Rights are rights and the bystander's age and gender have nothing to do with the logic behind it.I agree but where do we really draw the line? Would you put your life in the hands of a dispatcher or your family's life? I would love for every law abiding citizen to be armed and be able to protect themself but let's say your 12 year old daughter is at the gas station from the first part of this post; should the cops respond to check out the guy with the gun and make sure your daughter is safe since you aren't there?
I don't have children, but I have a 14-yr-old sister I'm rather fond of.
Arm yourselves but let the police do their job. Give them a break and hope they respond to help your 12 year old daughter from the deranged rapist with a gun in front of that gas station.
The job of police is to investigate criminal activity, not bring peace of mind to hoplophobes at the cost of personal liberty for the rest of us.
I'll say it again: I think that dispatchers should screen 9-1-1 calls, but police should respond if the caller insists. In cases where the caller is abusing the 9-1-1 system, they should be the ones the cops investigate, not the peaceful, innocent bystander.
Having the police harass every person with a gun will undoubtedly prevent some crimes... so would door-to-door searches of homes and random vehicle inspections on the street. The bottom line is that our country was founded on liberty, not safety.