Reader H. writes:
The anti-gun crowd – Bloomberg, Obama, Feinstein, the Brady bunch, Watts and the rest, with the help of the liberal legacy media – should step up to the plate and take ownership of the results of their efforts in demonizing ‘the gun’ to the point where it is becoming culturally unacceptable and downright dangerous to even be associated with a gun – any gun – even toys, in public. That wasn’t always the case; it wasn’t until recent years that ‘guns’ have fallen into such widespread evil repute. By whipping up unwarranted hysteria at the mere sight of any sort a gun . . .
the antis are influencing social norms to the point that everyone, cops included, are becoming intolerant of the sight of any gun, real or toy, and jumping to the anti’s desired conclusion that the gun holder must be a sociopathic demon out for carnage without giving logic and judgment even half a chance to clarify the moment.
This has been and is the antis’ intent – to demonize that inanimate gun-shaped object, and the holder of that inanimate object, so that arriving to the conclusion of an imminent threat is instantly reached. When cops are conditioned this way, not only with their training, but also by the expected societal anti-gun norms that are evolving because of the antis’ efforts, it’s not surprising to see officers more often shoot first and ask questions later.