From the tax-devouring maw of a contemporary tyrant and spokesman for unionized tax-feeders comes the unvarnished truth about guns, as they are perceived and used by members of the State's punitive priesthood.
"A gun is not a defensive weapon," insists Emeryville, California Police Chief Ken James, who claims that his mind, which most likely boggles easily, is "boggled" by the idea that guns could serve a defensive purpose. "That is a myth. A gun is an offensive weapon used to intimidate and used to show power. Police officers do not carry a gun as a defensive weapon to defend themselves or their other [sic] officers. They carry a gun in order to do their job in a safe and effective manner, and face any oppositions [sic] that we may come upon. If it was a defensive measure, why did we lose 55 officers nation-wide last year to gun violence -- and unfortunately in just the two months of this year so far, we've lost two officers to gun violence in the State of California alone? We deal with gun violence on a daily basis."
What this marginally verbal embodiment of arrogant privilege meant to say was that police deal out gun violence on a daily basis. The institution he serves does not exist to protect lives and property. It never did. As sociologist David Bayley put it: "The police are to the government as the edge is to the knife."