Fear promoters

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Why do we insist that our police must prove that they are facing imminent danger before they can use lethal force? Why do we allow our policemen and -women to be injured and maimed in violent confrontations while attempting to enforce the law? Why do we prefer that our police have degrees in criminal justice and undergo rigorous training before they are allowed to wear a gun in defense of the populace?

Why do we insist on higher moral standards for our police and a higher ethic? Why can’t they just shoot anyone who seems threatening, or someone who is approaching them in a threatening manner? Why do they have to endure the wounds they suffer from drug- or alcohol-affected individuals when they could just shoot them when assaulted with force?

Why can’t they be judge, jury and executioner, just like the individuals who have been given those rights by legislatures under the guise of “stand your ground”? Our courts will be filled with these kinds of cases if we continue to allow our legislatures to pass these kinds of laws, every one of which is designed to scare people into buying guns.

The American Legislative Exchange Council and the National Rifle Association promote these bills; they help to sell guns, lots of guns, and they promote discord and fear.

DAVID REESE
New Castle


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