The Thick Black Line

In the aftermath of the Virginia Tech debacle, much has been said and written about the police response. Or lack thereof. Vox Day had a rather thought-provoking little blurb about the phenomenon over on his blog a while back.

Without detracting from Vox's blog entry on the subject, one cannot help but wonder which the SWAT teams are more afraid of -- the nutcase with a weapon, or the idiot bureaucrats and their penchant for playing Monday morning quarterback? When every move by the police is removed from context and placed under a microscope and examined ad nauseam, it should surprise no one that they second-guess themselves into paralysis.

There was a case some years ago of some kook who was standing on a street corner, brandishing a Japanese sword. Naturally, the police were called. (Imagine that!) The usual nonsense ensued until ELEVEN HOURS LATER, he was brought down by a bean bag round from a shotgun. Eleven hours. Had any of us normal people been there, that stand-off would surely not have lasted eleven minutes. At any rate, no longer than it would take to load the aforementioned shotgun with a bean bag round while issuing ONE verbal warning.

Perhaps the great tragedy is that Americans have allowed themselves to be cowed into submission to the point where they're terrified of doing the obviously right thing.


At 3:22 PM, April 29, 2007, Blogger Galt-In-Da-Box said...

As usual, you said what I always wanted to say and did it better.

At 4:09 PM, April 29, 2007, Blogger Master Doh-San said...

Of course, as long as you feel safe, that's enough for the bureaucrats. :-)

At 6:13 PM, April 29, 2007, Blogger Galt-In-Da-Box said...

Chalk up a lot of the problem with SWAT teams to the ACLUnatics and other weirdos' rights gimme-groups that did nothing but interfere with law enforcement during the Peanut Farmer's reign, to protect the "rights" of the freaking criminals.

At 7:26 PM, April 29, 2007, Blogger T. F. Stern said...

Thank God somebody agrees with me; thought I was alone out there for a while until reading your article.

I posted similar thoughts this past week after my comments over at The Liberty Papers brought out the police complainers and nit pickers union. They never bother to leave comments on my articles, instead sticking to their own blogs and comment sections. I guess they only comment within their little blog community.

At 1:24 PM, May 01, 2007, Blogger Master Doh-San said...

Galt, you're right. That's most likely where it all began. But when did anyone have a right to do what is wrong? That's what's wrong with this society. (Of course, telling you that is "preaching to the choir".)

We'll definitely have to check out that Liberty Papers site. Hadn't heard of that before.


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