"Only persons in authority should carry firearms"
This video reminded me of a comment made a few months ago by Dante Jimenez, founding chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC). Mr Jimenez believes that only persons in authority should be allowed to carry firearms in public.
Around the time of the extended gun ban debate, Jimenez said, "Let us put a stop to this stupid idea of giving special treatment to special citizens. It should be the police that should carry firearms."
Anyone with half a brain can spot the the logical inconsistency of this argument: police officers are by definition special citizens with extra powers. However, my main dispute with the comment is that it propagates the myth that those operating under an official capacity, such as a policemen, are automatically immune from the faults that plague 'normal people'.
Watch the video and see what happens after the cop proclaims that he's the only one in the room professional enough to carry a firearm.
Policemen are not super-beings and should not be treated as somehow naturally imbued with special traits. They are human like the rest of us and are prone to the same mistakes. In fact, I would say that by virtue of their authority over other citizens, police officers should be given a stricter mandate. Good people can turn bad when given power.
If only policemen are armed, quis custodiet ipsos custodes? ("Who will guard the guards themselves?"). An armed citizenry is vital to a free society.