Just when you thought the gun control debate could not get any crazier, now we have Emeryville, CA Police Chief Ken James making a statement last week that would be hard to believe, except that it is coming from California. The following is the transcript of his quote, with the 1 minute video below.
“One thing that always boggles my mind is the idea that a gun is a defensive weapon. That is a myth. A gun is not a defensive weapon. A gun is an offensive weapon used to intimidate and used to show power. Police officers do not carry a gun as a defensive weapon to defend themselves or their other officers. They carry a gun to do their job in a safe and effective manner and to face any oppositions that we may come upon.”
Amazingly, he starts by claiming a gun is not a defensive weapon, but then contradicts that with his last sentence. The only way a gun could make officers more safe is because it enables them to defend themselves, which makes it a defensive weapon. Besides that, his statement contradicts the common sense definition of what a gun is.
Regardless of how stupid his comments are, this has to be taken seriously because if enough people believe it, then it threatens every American’s right to bear arms. If a gun is only an offensive weapon then we are much closer to banning gun ownership because self-defense is the primary justification for the second amendment. Citizens do not have the right to assault other people.
So we must be on guard, not only against the threat of being assaulted by hoodlums and the threat of being enslaved by a tyrannical government, but also against seemingly stupid remarks made by anyone with any credibility.
Author: James Bailey
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