Many people on both sides of the political aisle have expressed concerns about the increasingly aggressive tactics that some law enforcement agencies have been taking in their efforts to enforce laws. One side of the aisle is concerned about what they would describe as the “militarization” of police, while the other side of the aisle is more likely to be concerned about privacy issues and rights overreach. What is clear, though, is that many people think that certain parts of the law enforcement community (or, at least, their tactics) go too far.
Which brings us to one tactic that, if you have followed the news over the last few years, seems to be on the rise (whether it is actually on the rise or if it’s just that the mainstream media has had a recent fixation on it, I don’t know.).
What is that tactic? No-knock raids, sometimes called no-knock warrants.
Now, maybe you’re saying to yourself, “Hey, what does that have to do with me? I’m a law-abiding citizen (like the vast majority of legal gun owners are), so, why should no-knock raids even be a concern to me?” It’s a good question. The answer is that law enforcement officers, like everyone else, make mistakes, and those mistakes can cause legal gun owners huge problems when they happen to you.
Colion Noir is a lawyer and a pro-gun activist, so, he has some thoughts on this type of raid that you may want to hear. You can watch his video about this below.
See, the issue isn’t whether or not most law enforcement officers are good guys trying to do the right thing (they are). The problem is that if they raid your house (instead of your crack-dealing neighbor’s house) looking for your (crack-dealing) neighbor, that sudden burst into your door may have you drawing and firing your gun in self-defense. And in the heat of the moment with all its confusion, those law enforcement officers may fire back.
Someone could get badly hurt, and, yes, someone could die just because a law enforcement officer did what humans do: make mistakes.
It may be in your best interest and in the interest of the safety of both private citizens and law enforcement officers in your community if you urge your local law enforcement officers to stop doing no-knock raids (if they are) and to never start them once they stop (or if they aren’t doing them, now).
“Rise of the warrior cop” is a great book by Radley Balko.
Here’s a thought: sans an 18A amendment, the drug war is a 5A property rights violation. Conservatives prove themselves to be little more than gun controllers with a different agenda who didn’t learn anything from history. It’s been used as the excuse for the supreme court to ignore every single item in the BoR. Karens are plentiful on both sides of the aisle.
Absolutely! Far too many government agencies have nothing but contempt for the Constitution and are willing to fabricate reasons for tighter restrictions!
When our Founders wrote our Constitution they worded it to ***Protect The Innocent*** from ***unwarranted prosecution***. They also knew that there would be an occasional price to pay for that but determined – correctly – that it would be a price worth paying in order to protect the ***innocent***. Apparently, organizations like BATF are more interested in power than justice. I have not forgotten, for example, how BATF tried to define a “machine gun” as anything they say it is and they showed their true colors in Ruby Ridge and Waco. They are an outgrowth of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Unit of the IRS, known as the “Revenooers.” Their concern for the rights of innocent persons has decreased since then.
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