Keep the Guns; Abolish the Police
by William Grigg
July 30, 2012
On July 23 New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the most implacably totalitarian figures in American political history, suggested that police nationwide should go on strike until the law-abiding public disarms itself.
“I don’t understand why the police officers in this country don’t stand up collectively and say, `we’re going to go on strike,” Bloomberg blurted in an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan. “We’re not going to protect you unless you – the public – through your legislature do what’s required to keep us safe. After all, police officers want to go home to their families.”
Bloomberg sheepishly revised his comments a few days later – but not before an unidentified cop in Portland, Oregon acted on his suggestion, thereby offering a splendid illustration of the fact that given our choice, we should keep our guns and abolish the police
Rob Anderson, who owns a computer software store, sauntered over to nearby Central Drugs to buy some aspirin.
“I didn’t notice anything until the pharmacist behind the counter yelled for us to `Get out of here! We’re closed!” Anderson told the Oregonian. “I thought that was kind of weird.”
A few minutes earlier, a robber – later identified as Jocelin Olson – had entered the store with his hand concealed in a pocket.
“I have a gun!” he bellowed, demanding money and various drugs. He fled with a bag of prescription drugs.
By this time Anderson – who saw enough to recognize that a robbery was underway – had spied a uniformed officer in a marked police car. Anderson told this valiant defender of the public weal that a robbery was in progress a block away. The heroic paladin of public order replied that he was off duty and told Anderson to call 911. He then rolled up his window and drove away.
“We all expect a little better from the police in this situation,” Anderson later recalled, expressing entirely appropriate disgust – and entirely unwarranted confidence in the character and competence of government law enforcement officers.