Minneapolis Mayoral Candidate (a Former Burglar and Cocaine Addict) Wants to Disarm Police. Here's Why He's an Idiot.
One of the hallmarks of being conservative is the concept of doing your due diligence, hunting for facts and gaining experience in any given area before suggesting an idea for change. That way, you don't inadvertently suggest changing something you know nothing about.
Of course, leftist State Representative Raymond Dehn is too busy running for Mayor of Minneapolis to bother with things like facts and research. No, he's decided we need to take guns away from our cops.
There's just something about the law enforcement profession that makes ignorant leftists declare themselves competent to dictate policy on.
Dehn has zero experience in law enforcement and has never spent a single day patrolling the streets— in fact, by his own admission he was an alcoholic, addicted to cocaine and at one point arrested and convicted of burglary. Perhaps being arrested counts as field experience in law enforcement?
In Minneapolis, you can't be a police officer if you have a controlled-substance conviction, and any misdemeanor conviction (even if it's expunged or pardoned) could disqualify you.
Dehn isn't qualified to work as a cop, but he believes himself qualified to dictate law enforcement policy. Moreover, he believes he should be the Mayor of the largest city in Minnesota. This is leftist hypocrisy at its finest.
Here are the most idiotic things about Dehn's position:
"I'm not saying they don't have access to that, just like they have access to more lethal weapons in their cars, I would believe they would still have access to their guns in their cars"
Besides immediately walking back his initial position, this is stupid. What would a police officer do when he or she gets ambushed? Call a time-out? "Hey, hold on guys, let me get my weapon real quick!"
Dehn says there needs to be drastic changes in how officers are trained.
Says the guy with zero expertise and zero experience in law enforcement. 'Nuff said.
"He would be open to officers using other means to protect themselves like a night stick or pepper spray."
They already do. Police departments nationwide train in the use-of-force continuum. Batons and chemical agents are fine intermediate force options. What are cops supposed do with a stick and hot sauce when a gun is shoved in their face?
"I think as we look at how to change policing and how we get officers to not react to use their gun in situations, but learning skills around de-escalation training I think are important"
So do cops need more training? Or do we just take their guns away? Is he implying guns should never be used— even when a situation involves deadly force? Make up your mind already.
Also, Minneapolis police have already changed their use-of-force policy and implemented de-escalation training in their police academy curriculum— a year ago. Could it be that Dehn said all of this without doing any research?
Raymond Dehn is just one of many ignorant leftists out there, villifying our law enforcement because they make easy targets. We must be vigilant in spotting them, and we must call them out on their hypocrisy without hesitation. Given their way, civilization as we know it would crumble into ashes.
Stay alert. Stay alive.