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Response to yagotme (Reply #103)

Fri May 21, 2021, 05:46 PM

111. Many Democrats favor at least to some degree the spirit of "defund the police".

Some folks view the police as having a special status such as the unquestioned ability to carry firearms and a greater degree of assumed respect. I have read about some folks that had special status in the mid 18th century. They carried guns and became progressively more unpopular as time went on. These folks were British soldiers.

I have read also that the term "soldier" meant one who serves for pay. The redcoats, as they were disparagingly called, were sent by Parliament and the King to fight in the French and Indian War. These soldiers remained after the war and in 1765 the Quartering Act required the colonies to feed and house these soldiers. In 1774, this act was expanded. This and other punitive actions brewed the Revolution.

This isn't a perfect analogy but it's worth considering. Redcoats were housed and provided for by local governments. Law enforcement is a paid occupation and due to cops being allowed to carry without question and having qualified immunity, it's basically a special status. I think Orwell that all are equal but some are more equal than others.

This is the sort of situation that inspired the Third Amendment.
Today there are calls to defund the police.

This is the kind of thing that develops from having a group with special powers and rights.
Making guns less available to the average law abiding citizens or taking away certain guns while passing on to the police M-16s and APCs at a discount makes sense how?

Forget defining what qualifies as an assault weapon. Where is the line between cop and soldier?

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