The facts in
those cases are not disputed, yet Miller has not been charged with
a crime. However, he is being sued by Jason Anthony Graber, one
of his victims. In light of Miller's documented history of criminal
violence, the plaintiff's attorney has demanded that the assailant
not be permitted to bring a firearm while being deposed.
Operation Manual requires that officers be "armed at all times"
– a provision that poses some interesting challenges for officers
who choose to bathe, assuming that there are any who do. "Requiring
a uniformed or non-uniformed police officer to disarm when he is
compelled to give a deposition at an attorney's office, or at any
other unsecured location, presents a significant officer safety
issue," whines an affidavit provided by Lt. Dikran Kushdilian of
the Denver PD.
most likely wouldn't choose that approach, he is sensible enough
to recognize that the State's agents of armed coercion are the most
dangerous element in society, and prudent enough to act on that
Owing to the
tireless efforts of the organs of official indoctrination, a large
portion of the public assumes that the opposite is true, and as
a result can be easily convinced that only those commissioned to
commit violence on behalf of government can be entrusted with the
means to do so.
example of this deadly agitprop is offered by the "Toy Gun Bash,"
which was first inflicted on Providence, Rhode Island seven years
ago by the criminal clique running the municipal government.
Each year around
Christmastime, children living in Providence are compelled to line
up and feed their toy guns into the maw of the "Bash-O-Matic,"
a device described
by the Boston Globe as "a large, black, foam creature
with churning metal teeth and the shape of a cockroach spliced with
a frog." In exchange for feeding their toy guns into this recombinant
monstrosity, each child is given a substitute toy that is deemed
to be suitably "non-violent." They are also forced to endure a harangue
regarding "the dangers of playing with guns, real or fake."
David Lane, who is representing Graber, quite sensibly insists
that some precautions must be taken in deposing people who are "defendants
because they have acted illegally and violently toward others in
that the deposition take place in a setting in which neither side
is armed. Denver's municipal government demands that the examination
should take place at the federal Courthouse, where Miller and other
officers in similar cases "would surrender their weapons to the
custody of the U.S. Marshall [sic], and would be unarmed during
In other words,
it's not quite the case that Denver officers have to be "armed at
all times"; the critical issue is the preservation of the government's
monopoly on the "legitimate" use of force in all circumstances.
Lane should counter Denver's demand by offering to permit Miller
to carry his firearm to the deposition, while specifying that he
and his associates would also be armed. The official response to
that counter-proposal would be instructive.
event, continues the Globe, is "a version of the gun buyback
program in which adults trade firearms for gift certificates."
In fact, gun
"buyback" programs are a form of what Dr. Edward J. Laurance
of the UN’s Register of Conventional Arms calls "micro-disarmament"
– or, more to the point, civilian disarmament.
"buyback" assumes that government has a monopoly on the
use of force, and that only duly authorized agents of officially
sanctioned violence should be permitted to own guns and other weapons
– and thus the State is taking back from Mundanes a privilege
to which they’re not entitled.
and turn-in programs are a common feature of military occupations,
both here and abroad. U.S. military personnel in Haiti, Somalia,
the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan have employed that tactic (as
Kramer notes, this helps the occupiers to acquire a useful hoard
of "drop guns" that can be used to frame innocent people
as "terrorists" or "insurgents"). The same approach
was used to disarm
American Indians as they were cattle-penned on reservations.
Over the past
decade, UN-aligned activists in several countries have staged events
in which guns confiscated from civilians have been destroyed, a
ritual sometimes called the "Bonfire
of the Liberties." This is in keeping with UN-promoted
dogma (expressed most forcefully in its 2000 agitprop film Armed
to the Teeth) that the only "legal" weapons are
those "used by armies and police forces to protect us,"
and that civilian ownership of firearms is "illegitimate."
Annan was actually
an accessory before the fact to that genocide: Informed in early
1994 of the impending slaughter by Romeo Dallaire, the Canadian
officer commanding UN peacekeeping troops, Annan ordered Dallaire
to pass along his intelligence to the same government that was planning
had been ordered to disarm the future victims, was ordered not
to raid the government arms caches that were later used to carry
out the murder rampage.
Most of the
killing was carried out by machete-wielding mobs acting as government
subcontractors. But it would have been impossible to butcher hundreds
of thousands of armed people, nor would the mobs have been
able to round up and annihilate the targeted population without
the active support provided by the regime’s armies and police forces
– you know, the armed agents of state violence who were there to
"protect" those who were hacked to pieces.
learn what happened in places
like Germany, Cambodia, and Rwanda (as well as places like Sand
Creek and Wounded Knee) when people willingly surrendered their
guns to their rulers – but a government school classroom is no place
for lessons of that kind.
One of the
cases used to promote the Toy Gun Bash in Providence actually underscores
the reliably fatal consequences of a government monopoly on force.
The Globe points out that as children were herded toward
the Bash-O-Matic, they were told the cautionary tale "of a
14-year-old boy who police nearly shot after they confused his air
pistol with a real gun." For rational people, this incident
illustrates the compelling need to disarm the police, rather
than swipe toys from innocent children.
Those who insist
that religion has no place in the government-run school system aren’t
paying attention: The entire purpose of "public" education
is to catechize youngsters in the worship of the Divine State. Rituals
like Providence’s Toy Gun Bash serve a sacramental function; they
are the equivalent of a child’s first communion in the government-sponsored
church of collectivist self-destruction.
While the little
lambs are taught to be docile, submissive sheeple, the Regime is
honing the lupine instincts of those supposedly tasked to protect
As Las Vegas
Police Officer Wil Germonsen – who, like a large and growing number
of local police officers, has a military background recently
told police academy recruits: "We're fighting a war."
What this means,
of course, is that the state-created armed tribe to which Germonsen
belongs is an army of occupation – primed to kill, given broad discretion
in the use of lethal force, and trained to consider all of us who
don't belong to their tribe as potentially lethal enemies.
illustration of the martial law mindset in action is found in the
murder of Seattle resident John T. Williams by 27-year-old Seattle
Police Officer Ian Birk, who joined the Seattle PD two years ago.
artisan with a troubled but largely non-violent history, was carrying
a carving knife and a block of wood. No more than four seconds passed
between Birk's demand (it wasn't a lawful order, because Williams
was threatening no one) that he drop the knife, and the first of
several gunshots fired by the officer. The entire encounter lasted
roughly eight seconds.
A peace officer
in this situation would have taken at least a little more time to
resolve the situation without drawing his gun, let alone discharging
it. But, as we've seen on numerous occasions, contemporary law enforcement
officers are on a war footing, which means that their default setting
noting that one of the officers who responded to Birk's "shots fired"
report tells him that he did the "right thing" – even though the
official review subsequently ruled that the shooting wasn't justified.
After all, from the perspective of the police, this was a combat
situation. Birk was on "contact patrol," in which the
rules of engagement dictate that "any person encountered, armed,
is to be considered hostile and killed at will," as a
decorated Iraq War veteran summarized. With Iraq and Afghanistan
serving as training grounds for an increasing number of domestic
law enforcement personnel, those rules of engagement are becoming
more commonplace here at home.
enforcement officers called up to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan
are finding it difficult to readjust to their jobs once home, bringing
back heightened survival instincts that may make them quicker to
use force and showing less patience toward the people they serve,"
reports the AP.
report compiled last year by the International Association of Chiefs
of Police and the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Assistance
"warns that the blurring of the line between combat and confrontations
with criminal suspects at home may result in 'inappropriate decisions
and actions – particularly in the use of ... force. This similarity
... could result in injury or death to an innocent civilian.'"
Military makes increasing use of Guardsmen and Reservists whose
"civilian" job is domestic law enforcement, and domestic police
agencies increasingly recruit from the ranks of combat veterans.
We really should dispense with the illusion that contemporary law
enforcement is anything other than the
domestic branch of a seamlessly integrated military apparatus.