Here’s local news coverage from Mesa, AZ about a pair of armed government workers – all kitted out in their Tacticooled gear – who have had serial complaints of excessive force lodged against them by people Hut! Hut! Hutted! over trivial (non-criminal) infractions such as jaywalking and cutting through a park.
The AGWs seem to have a lust for enforcing the law – whatever it takes.
Leaving aside the specific complaints in this case, let’s consider the general case of kitting out armed government workers like special forces soldiers. Does this not encourage the Hut! Hut! Hut! mentality? Help attract exactly the wrong kind of person to a job that is supposed to be about keeping the peace?
What normal man wants to play soldier – against his neighbors?
AGW apologists will claim the Tacticooling (and Hut! Hut! Hutting!) are necessary because of the “times we live in.” This is diseased nonsense; gaslighting and cart-before-the-horse-putting.
In the first place, AGWs such as these two are objectively more of a threat to the “safety” of “civilians” – as these ersatz soldaten regard us – even though they are also civilians, just like us except armed to the Adam’s apple and suffering from a kind of fear-rage psychosis against the rest of us. They kill about 1,000 people annually. Some of these are summary executions. About 50 AGWs were killed by “civilians” last year.
Even if 90 percent of the “civilians” slain by AGWs were slain in justifiable self-defense, the number of questionable AGW executions is still much higher than the number of AGWs who “fell in the line of duty” (or because of one-too-many roast beef hoagies).
In the second, because dressing up like a Star Wars stormtrooper encourages stormtrooper behavior – creating the “necessity” for dressing up like a Star Wars stormtrooper.
There may be inner city war zones where body armor and Glocks strapped to the legs, utility belts with multiple mags and so on are necessary. But to deal with jaywalking and patrol parks?
America is becoming a war zone because it’s patrolled by dangerous geeks who think they are at war – with us.
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