There was something I couldn’t help but notice about the recent manhunt in California for Christopher Dorner. Mr. Dorner was a heavily armed former police officer and Navy reservist who shot and killed police officers and other innocent people. In my view a very unstable and dangerous man. What got my attention was the size and scope of the manhunt and the standoff which finally ended in Mr. Dorner’s death.
I’m not saying it wasn’t warranted because of the danger Mr. Dorner posed particularly to police officers. The only way to deal with a lawless lone gunman with a wish to do harm is with overwhelming force. Still he was only one man. The large number of heavily armed officers with high capacity semi and possibly fully automatic weapons with most likely thirty shot magazines was to insure the officers safety. Their ability to defend themselves is the most critical concern.
As a citizen of NY state the best I can do against a lone armed crazy is five shots from my heavy hard to handle hunting rifle. I don’t mean to deny any police officer the ability to defend themselves as needed nor can I fault them for doing so. I can only wonder why the same government that employs them, and provides them the means for their protection would want to deny me the right to supply myself the level of protection I feel necessary. To me the lives of my family and myself are worth every bit as much as theirs are to them. It seems it’s not seen that way in the world of politics.