Monday, 5 December 2011

Takes more than combat gear to make a man, takes more than a license for a gun

The one image that keeps crossing my mind over the last couple of weeks is the one of police officer Pike, put in charge to withhold peace, spraying peaceful protestors with pepper spray in their face. And oh, did he do it ever so nonchalantly!
Now let’s think back a minute. We keep on being told that police needs weapons along the lines of tasers in order to have a non-lethal option, so as to avoid having to shoot people down when they don’t really need to. Sometimes we relent and we let them have their way; then we look up and see what the likes of Pike here think about it all.
Remember Pike and his colleagues at the force the next time you hear the police, the army or any other source of authority complain they need more peaceful weapons to do their job with. When you give someone a weapon, of any sort, they will eventually use it; the chances of it being used the intended way are more or less random.

It’s my personal voice of experience that’s speaking here, too. When I was in the Israeli army I used to carry all sorts of Call of Duty grade assault rifles. Most of the time I had an M-16, but I also had an AK-47 and a Galil. Not settling with that, I had the ultimate status symbol: my very own pistol.
Let me put it to you this way: I have found there are plenty of things one can do with a rifle or a pistol, and only a minor portion of those has anything to do with defending the good cause. Let me just say that my own personal experience clearly indicates the chances of very bad things being done by one’s firearms are vastly higher than the chances of them being used to serve and protect. It took me too many years to realize that and to eventually get rid of my pistol in disgust, but in between I tended to derive an ego boost from this lethal piece of metal I was carrying. No doubt Pike feels the same.
I therefore extend my conclusion. It’s not only police forces and their likes that have no business messing around with weapons; the same message applies to normal people just the same. As far as I am concerned, you have to be a loony to want to mess with them. Listen to the voice of experience.

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