A large percentage of our population is not very fond of Police Officers since the Ferguson shooting. Most cops I know personally are really good individuals, but I'm sure there are a few bad cops. What do you think would happen if our streets were bare of police for say a week straight? Who would you call when someone was trying to kick in the back door to your house? Many cities already have a very high crime rate. Imagine what the crime rate would be if there were no Police Officers on duty. I would not want to be living in a high crime area if this really happened.
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Excellent observations, twayneking. We MUST ask these questions. What lawful purpose does a highly-militarized police force have?
Outstanding answer. There is a huge difference between Military and Police training. Their jobs are somewhat parallel but not precisely related. I would not be surprised if there is a real shortage of applicants for police jobs very soon.
Chris, I have a feeling that very few have even thought about what it would be like if we had no police protection. That would not be a place I would want to be. As you said, most cops are really great people that love to help people.
My point exactly. Without police protection the criminals would take over this country within days. It would not be safe to even leave your home to go shopping. The only thing keeping the creeps in check is the risk of going to jail.
The criminals already have control of this country...most of them wear suits and hold public office. In the absence of police, I think the millions of gun owners who open and concealed carry would present some deterrent.
Great points. I happen to be one of those with a concealed carry permit and would agree with you. I would howevery feel sorry for those anti-gun people with no means to protect themselves or their family.
I might feel sorry for them to a point, but those rabid anti-gun types need a wake-up call. Stop trying to take peoples' rights away! Sadly, blind devotion to an ideology often hides the facts from view for these people.
Even 100 years ago most men in the West carried a gun because there was little or no law enforcement to protect them. Isn't it odd how most things like this go full circle? Now in many cities only the bad guys have guns.
That they would.
I asked this question to get others to think about what it would be like without any police protection at all. I also don't agree with the growing Police Power you mentioned. Abuse of power by any agency can be a serious matter.