On Monday, there was a shooting in Nevada middle school. A student brought a handgun from home, shot two of his fellow students and a teacher. The students are expected to make full recoveries, the teacher, Mike Landsberry, was killed. The student with the gun then took his own life.
As tragic as this event was, I’ve come to the conclusion that events like this are just unfortunately, a fact of life, and there’s nothing we as a country can do about it. Some people have no business owning firearms, but thanks to the absurd gun laws in this country, those people will continue having access to weapons that will be used to kill our fellow citizens. It’s just the way it is.
What caught my interest on Monday was not so much the shooting itself, but a photo taken at the school by AP photographer Kevin Clifford. It shows sheriff deputies standing in a parking lot at the school:
If you didn’t know this photo was of civilian police officers standing in a school parking lot in Nevada, you’d think they were members of SEAL Team 6 about to raid a terrorist compound in Yemen. They’re not wearing police uniforms, they’re wearing actual military, camouflage uniforms.
Why do civilian police officers dress like they’re in the military? The police should only wear police uniforms. If civilian police officers are going to wear military uniforms, why even have a civilian police force? Why not just have the military as our police force?
I’m fairly certain that would be unconstitutional, but that fact should illustrate just how inappropriate it is for civilian police to dress up like they are in the military.