Originally Posted by A.Nonymous
I don't think law enforcement has a monopoly on absolute power.
You can believe what you want, but the fact remains that US law enforcement agencies are trained and equipped like armies, and allowed to act like gangsters. They have an "us vs. them" culture that widens the gap between them and the people who they're ostensibly supposed to serve. "To Serve and Protect" has been replaced by "we take care of our own" and zero tolerance. Of all of these, the zero tolerance part is by far the worst.
As it relates to the gun issue, the police want to be the only ones to have weapons, so that they can have absolute power, and be able to wield their absolute power with absolute impunity. The problem with this is that absolute power corrupts absolutely, and rapidly degenerates into totalitarianism. And that's the exact opposite of what America is supposed to be about. Doubleplusungood.