You summed that piece of junk up very nicely, Robert. So much suck and fail involved, it’s almost beautiful.
What pisses me off the most is the part of his sales pitch where he says, “Just because someone is having a bad day or is mentally ill, doesn’t mean they deserve to die.”
You know what? He’s right…but therein lies the problem. I’ve never pointed my gun at anyone because they were mentally ill or having a bad day. I did it because I genuinely believed that lethal force was going to be the only option for me to stop someone. (Or, in some cases, to prevent them from initiating a deadly force assault upon me…best to be proactive, methinks.)
I get what he’s trying to say, but these mentally ill types or people having a bad day are, at that moment, trying to kill me or cause me serious bodily injury. Ergo, deadly force is the appropriate and legal response.
Michael Brown wasn’t mentally ill. He might have been having a bad day, but it seemed to be going his way when he was beating on a police officer. By all accounts, he had won the fight, if you want to call it that. The only part where he started to have a bad day was when he got some bullet holes punched in him. Unfortunately for him, that was a result of his own bad decisions.
I fail to understand the aversion people have lately to the use of deadly force by police officers, even when justified. We had a shooting here in Texas before Christmas where a police officer shot a guy college student who was drunk, or high, or both, who charged the officer with an axe. People in the paper were outraged that the officer was “so quick to use deadly force against an unarmed person”. That’s correct…you read that right…people claimed the axe was not a deadly weapon.
My personal favorite, though, was a commenter who asked why the police didn’t use a Taser, or a cargo net. A FUCKING CARGO NET!!! REALLY!!! Oh, wait, sir…I know you are attacking me with a weapon similar to that used to lop off enemies heads since medieval times, but current community standards require me to shit out a cargo net real quick and capture you with it. Give me a fucking break.
Thank God I’m not in patrol anymore…I’d lose my mind.