Don’t get all self-righteous about firearms

Discussions about policing make more sense than tough-guy approach

The Abbotsford Police Department’s Christmas card to known repeat offenders has its chief constable dressed as Santa sporting tactical attire and assault rifle.

We get the gamer appeal and comic-book tough-guy approach to crime. In light of the gun violence in the province, it’s difficult to follow the APD’s logic.

Even when firearms are not used as murder weapons – destructive morons can concoct new ways to end a life – when they are used, they are used to murder 27 people at once.

I understand that Bob Rich is paid handsomely to deal with the lowest common denominator of our society’s idiocy. But if he truly believes this approach to fight crime is clever, then it is plain to see why the politicians of various colours do not like to actually talk about the problem of gun violence in this country and our default setting on policing.

It is because they literally have nothing constructive and accountable to say.

We do not hear calls to change our approach to policing, that at present, promotes violent reactions. I’m assuming that law enforcement, generally, understands the difference between accidental deaths and cold-blooded homicide.

If the gun proponents, the duck hunters and their political cheerleaders want to have a rational discussion, make it about policing. It is long overdue.

Until then, I suppose we will have to endure the poor logic and reasoning skills of police chiefs and the fans of their idiocy and waste.

William Perry

Victoria

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