3/27/2006

Quote of the Day

Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
--Sir Robert Peel, founder of London's Metropolitan Police Force, generally acknowledged to be the first "modern" police force.

There is no moral distinction, in the abstract, between taking violent action in self-defense or in defense of others, and expecting the police to do so on your behalf. There is considerable moral cowardice in believing that you must not act violently in self-defense or in defense of others, and the police must act violently to keep you and yours safe. And there is great hazard in the unsupportable belief that the police will always keep you safe, and that you have no responsibility for securing your own safety or the safety of those around you.

(Hat tip: Kevin at Smallest Minority.)

1 comment:

True_american650 said...

I Totally Agree. People need to learn that you must be able to protect yourself and others. This comes back to gun control. Many people want to take away our rights to own firearms. Aside from their use for hunting, they are also valuable for our defense. People also pass laws or make rules that say if someone is attacking me,I can't fight back. In local schools they have a "no tolorence" policy that if a student is being attacked, they CAN NOT fight back. They are forcing students to rely on staff of the school or the resource officer. There are many opportunities for someone to be attacked with no staff around, and that student knows if they defend themselves, one of their rights as an American, they will be suspended for at least a week and removed from sports teams etc. I strongly support police, but believe that people need to be allowed to protect themselves without the risk of being persecuted.