Idiot/Savant gets all hyped up about arming police.
An unarmed police force polices by consent; they have no option but to seek the active cooperation of the citizenry. An armed police force polices by fear, using the omnipresent threat of lethal force to “induce compliance”. Oh, they might not be sticking the gun in your face right this second, but its visible presence means the threat is always there – a fact that Key himself acknowledges when he calls armed police “intimidating”.
This is not a good move for our police force, and it is not a good move for our society. And our Prime Minister should be doing something more about it than just wringing his hands and calling it “inevitable”. He has a Parliamentary majority, and if necessary, he should use it to bring the police to heel.
While I agree with Malcolm’s unquoted earlier point about arms no solving the latest assault, the incident does demonstrate the increasing brutality of the criminal element of our society – not just in terms of the brutality of the assault, but also that it is senior, experienced staff who are on the receiving end, not just some rookie who’s no idea how to deescalation a situation.
To people who don’t live among fairies in a hole in the ground that suggests that the “escalation” argument (that is, if police arm, so will the crooks) is null and void – the crooks are arming themselves anyway. And while a machette is not as dangerous as a firearm, no one should really suggest that we ask the police to face one with anything less than lethal force.Do we bring the police to heal, or the criminals?
Seriously, is that even a question?
Of course, Malcolm would be the first to whine about “politicization of the police” if Key did come down hard on the cops.
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