Let us begin with a little quote from the Chief of Police of the city of Emeryville, California:
One issue that always boggles my mind is that the idea that a gun is a defensive weapon. That is a myth. A gun is not a defensive weapon. A gun is an offensive weapon used to intimidate and show power....Wow. I don't quite know what to do with that statement.
First of all, a little geographic context is needed. Emeryville is in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is sandwiched in between Berkeley to its north, and Oakland to its south, and is the last community you pass on the I-80 Freeway before beginning your trek across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. What other kind of person would you expect to be hired to run the police department of a city with that kind of location?
To shamelessly use a gun metaphor, the Chief's comments are a prime example of what can happen when you speak with your brain half-cocked. Is the Chief actually saying that his Emeryville police officers are going around intimidating and showing their power to the citizens of that fair city? Is he saying that is what all armed police officers around our nation are doing?
That comment should easily justify the termination of this man's employment with the city of Emeryville, and woe to any other city who would have the gumption to hire this man as their chief of police.
For the record, it is estimated that guns are used defensively somewhere between 800,000 and 2.5 million times per year. Apparently, no one thought to mention this to the Chief, or he doesn't want to hear it.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson