We’re living in an era in America where police officers are increasingly protested against, seen as the bad guys, and, in some cases, targeted with anti-police violence. And that’s why one Democratic leader is saying that it’s time to solve the problem by taking guns away from officers.
Minnesota state representative Raymond Dehn has been making that suggestion as he’s running for mayor of Minneapolis, according to FOX affiliate KMSP. And you have to see what he said to believe it.
On Twitter last Friday he wrote, “We must divest resources, disarm officers, and dismantle the inherent violence of our criminal justice system.”
He later elaborated, releasing a statement that said, “I support demilitarization of our force. I support rethinking whether every officer needs to carry a gun. I believe public safety will be best served if fewer officers carry guns. I support shifting our culture away from use of guns and lethal weapons and moving towards de escalation training and providing access to non-lethal weapons. I am not advocating against officers having access to a gun in situations — such as when encountering a deadly weapon — where they need to be armed to keep themselves and others safe.”
What was made clear in Dehn’s wording is that he sees guns, not criminals, as the biggest safety concern in Minneapolis, even when those guns are in the hands of trained police officers. It’s a classic liberal argument applied in a way that is putting it under harsh criticism.
He added that “I would believe they would still have access to their guns in their cars,” but did not address that danger posed by an officer’s response time in having to run back to his or her car for a gun if something occurred. Neither did he address the danger posed to an officer’s personal safety if someone pulled a weapon on them while their gun was in their patrol car.
It was also clear Dehn feels Minneapolis police officers are trigger-happy, adding that, "I think as we look at how to change policing and how we get officers to not react to use their gun in situations, but learning skills around de-escalation training I think are important."
Dehn’s words have sparked a massive outcry of disagreement, but few critics have said it as well as police union leader Lt. Bob Kroll, who exclaimed, “I don't think the people in Minneapolis are logically ready for anything like this. Who would ever do the job of policing again? It's absolutely an absurd thought.”
What do you think of this? In related news, tougher gun control is among a number of liberal issues President Trump’s new communications director Anthony Scaramucci has worryingly supported in the past.