with vallejo's crime rates (http://www.cityrating.com/citycrime....o&state=CA) who can blame the citizens for wanting to defend themselves?
and with the cops getting paid so much (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...d=atl3yFmV508A) how can you blame them for not wanting their jobs to be taken by average citizens?
quoted from the second link above:
Police and firefighting salaries, pension and overtime consume almost 80 percent of Vallejo's $89 million general fund budget. Cities in California on average spend about 60 percent of their budgets on firefighter and police salaries, according to the League of California Cities.
and from CNN:
But the real nail in Vallejo's coffin was the city's labor costs. Under the current labor agreement, the average police officer walking the beat in Vallejo will be paid $122,000 this year before overtime, according to city documents. An average sergeant will make $151,000; a captain, $231,000. The average firefighter, meanwhile, will bring in $130,000 before overtime.