by Frank Schaeffer
It seems to me that NRA/open-carry/gun lobby AND de-fund the police activists are BOTH mistaken. We think of these movements as opposites. They aren’t. They both express individualistic impulses from people who ignore the human evolution of community.
The greatest social advance was creating community-based rules on the use of lethal force. We don’t live in forts or have to wear armor or carry weapons when we shop for groceries ONLY because humans evolved laws, courts, and cops.
Before that in tribal cultures violent death was 500 per 100 thousand people. We now have 5 violent deaths per 100 thousand people. Duh!
What we need is to reform BOTH the racist police-and especially their horrible unions that protect racist violent cops at any cost-AND destroy the nihilism of the gun lobby. The racist police culture must be changed AND the gun lobby must be destroyed.
We can respect the 2nd Amendment, and own guns AND regulate them: No high capacity magazines. No military-style weapons. Strict background checks. No “open carry.” No “stand your ground.” No domestic abusers allowed to own a gun-ever.
Police unions must and can be reformed. Police must be fired and prosecuted for abusive and all racist behavior. No more prosecutors “investigating” the police they work with. No more pretending many cops aren’t racists.
The idea that we should go back to every person for themselves with us all carrying weapons and/or with no cops to call is absurd. The paranoid fantasies of the Wild West of the NRA/gun lobby, and the paranoid fantasies of the Wild Left are no place reasonable people want to live.