As we pro-rights activists are fond of frequently reminding the "gun control" fetishists out there, the Bill of Rights – and, for that matter, the Constitution as a whole – is not a Chinese take-out menu; you do not get to simply pick and choose which Amendments you will respect and observe and which Amendments you will trample all over at the earliest possible opportunity.
Imagine my surprise and disappointment, then, at seeing a supposed fellow pro-rights activists gleefully tossing the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments into a bonfire simply because they suited his particular… well, bloodthirstiness, to be perfectly frank.
Make no mistake; iff the alleged LAPD-cop-killer did all of the things he supposedly did, I would not shed a tear about his body being unceremoniously dumped in an unmarked grave… after the state had proved its case, proven him guilty, and abided by the state and federal laws, including the Constitution itself, regarding the prosecution of a suspect. But none of that happened.
Instead, the LAPD had absolutely no intention of allowing the shooter to surrender, and [updated] the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department [/updated] engaged in tactics that are not even approved for use by our military in Afghanistan. Think about that for a second. In every way but its actual name, we are engaged in a war in Afghanistan, against some people who are known for using some particularly underhanded, despicable tactics, even allowing for the flexibility imparted by exigent circumstances. But even in that combat zone, the first, second, or even third response to a person holed up in a building laying fire on your troops is not to torch the building, especially when you knew there were innocents/hostages in the building not too long ago.
And yet some of the most ardent defenders of the Second Amendment have absolutely no problem with our police forces treating their fellow American citizens worse than our military forces treat their armed-and-dangerous foreign combatants.
I have noticed that my RSS reader has been getting a bit unwieldy of late… maybe now is a good time to exercise some judicious pruning.