Monday, October 8, 2007

All of us, or none of us!

This was on the 13 o clock news over here in Belgium for crying out loud:

Cop Kills six at party!

CRANDON, Wisconsin (CNN) -- A 20-year-old off-duty sheriff's deputy shot and killed six people at an early-morning party

Peterson was shot to death after opening fire early Sunday on a group of students and recent graduates who had gathered for pizza and movies on their high school's homecoming weekend. Peterson was off-duty from his full-time job as a Forest County deputy sheriff; he also was a part-time Crandon police officer.

Still think only law enforcement officers should have access to guns? They are no less prone to violent behavior than anyone else, they can make mistakes like every other human being.
If they are no different, why treat them different? Why should they be excluded from gun legislation if they too occasionally abuse their right to harm other people?

Note that I do not think police officers are bad people, I have little besides respect for our finest who do their job and keep people safe, but some police officers, just like some civilians, are prone to criminal behavior. This doesn't mean that they all, police and civilians alike, should be stripped of their arms. As a matter of fact, I've never believed for one second that taking a gun away from somebody would render him/her harmless. But for the love of all which has a determinable pattern, stop claiming that law enforcement officers are in any way better than your average citizen.

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