To the editor:
According to studies, 25 per cent of any population supports authoritarianism such as excessive police enforcement.
Tom Maxted (Police Must Take Report of Any Kind of Gun Seriously, May 1 Capital News) denies the fact that police are routinely busting kids for playing with toy guns. Moreover, he believes that all taxpayers expect police to do so.
He thinks that the gangster killed in Kelowna was the exclusive target, as if he knows something police, media and the public don’t know. He foolishly argues that automatic weapons that fire 600 rounds per minute are easier for the untrained to operate than pistols, when the exact opposite is true.
The truth is that real gangsters in B.C. do not wave their guns around in public like kids playing would; that fear-mongering and a paranoid public is within police self-interest.
Justifying excessive police response, Kelowna RCMP Supt. Bill McKinnon argued with me that police must take all reports of gun sightings as if confronting a terrorist or experienced gangland hitman.
Heavily armed paranoid cops going Rambo on kids? And Maxted supports this without question? Wow!
The point is that police are routinely seizing legitimate toys to assuage a paranoid segment that is so terrified of the very idea of an armed citizen that they uncritically support authoritarianism and excessive police enforcement. Over toys no less!