As Emily Miller chronicled, it’s nigh on impossible for an average citizen to receive the District of Columbia’s permission to carry a firearm. DC cops, of course, are routinely issued guns for their own and the public’s safety. As they should be. But it’s worth noting . . .
That reserving the right to keep and bear arms for government officials has a tendency to encourage corruption.
Now I’m not saying that the 15-year-old prostitute who serviced DC Cop Chukwuemeka Ekwonna — and then faced the business end of his handgun and a demand to return payment — wouldn’t have suffered the same fate if DC residents had their gun rights restored.
Officer Ekwonna is an irresponsible gun owner, cop and human being. He would not have been deterred by the notion that his victim might have been armed. Which she might have been regardless of her age and local gun laws. Perhaps justifiably.
But I am saying that gun control creates a culture of arrogance amongst big city police in those municipalities where civilians are denied their firearms freedom.
I have no scientific evidence to back up that conclusion. But as someone who’s lived in numerous pro and anti-gun rights cities, I see a link. If nothing else, common sense says that the expression “an armed society is a polite society” encompasses police – public interaction.
It’s the responsible position, yes?