Right but let’s ban guns and define the police right guys?

Protests against police brutality and racism have forced a rethinking of how guns are used in law enforcement.With few exceptions, every sworn police officer in the United States carries a pistol, according to Tracey Meares, professor and founding director of Yale Law School’s Justice Collaboratory.Many other countries, like the United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway, Iceland, and New Zealand, do not arm cops. “I believe that the better way for police to think about the need for arms is to consider what kind of incident they will be attending, rather than visiting locations where somebody might have a gun.Is this the kind of occurrence where you’d expect to have to use a gun to deal with it?” she asks.“And I believe that once we start asking those questions and truly considering them, we will come to the conclusion that not every officer has to be armed.” She claims that when policing began in metropolitan areas in the United States, night-watch officers carried a stick rather than a pistol.According to her, many of the earliest forms of policing in the United States were “informal relationships with municipalities,” such as those who patrolled seeking for enslaved persons.She claims that these patrollers were not sworn in by the state and carried their own weapons. Meares believes that there are now too many armed police officers in the United States.She claims that police officers are called upon to do a variety of jobs, many of which do not necessitate the use of deadly force.“I get the impulse,” she adds, “but it’s kind of like requiring everyone to drive a four-wheel SUV because it could snow in an environment where it’s seldom even cold, much alone snowy.”


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