And this is also a response to people who say passing a counterfeit $20 bill shouldn’t be a death penalty offense.
Most importantly, we must never make any law we are not willing to kill to enforce, for that is the final civilizational choice in law enforcement. If we are unwilling to back up our choice of laws with the force necessary to secure them, including deadly force when necessary, we find ourselves facing cries to defund, abolish and reimagine the police.
If we wish to have police forces—we all know about D/S/C ruled cities that don’t—they must have the authorization to use force, up to and including deadly force. So yes, the police may end up killing someone over a traffic violation. But if they do, and if they acted lawfully, they used deadly force because all of the elements necessary for the use of deadly force were present, not because someone ran a red light, which was merely the probable cause predicate for the police to stop them. It was only when they drew a weapon and threatened the police with imminent seriously bodily injury or death that the police were authorized to use deadly force. However, if there were no laws against running red lights, that person would never have been killed by the police. Do we therefore eliminate all traffic laws because of the possibility someone stopped for violating one may provoke the police into shooting them?
The same applies when a criminal steals a $5.00 pink flamingo from someone’s yard. The crime would generally be petty theft, a misdemeanor. Conviction for that crime would never involve the death penalty, but only a small fine, occasionally restitution, and maybe a short jail sentence in a county jail if the criminal has a previous record of convictions. However, if confronted by the homeowner in the commission of that crime, the criminal pulls a knife and menaces the homeowner, the elements for the use of deadly force may be present, and they may be shot and killed. One may whine the criminal died for stealing a plastic flamingo, and no one should face the death penalty for misdemeanor theft, but that’s not really what happened, was it? Do we make theft legal to avoid the possibility a thief may be lawfully injured or killed?
On 12-03-20 I wrote Reimagining Reality, which was an article about what defunding and abolishing the police really means. Because this reality is so little known and appreciated, this excerpt was of particular importance:
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