Perhaps some clarification is needed. As private individuals, I think cops should have guns but not ever when they are on duty, at least beat cops who are interacting with the public.
Cops also need to have it pounded into their heads that they are servants like bellboys and chambermaids who need to show respect to their superiors, the taxpayers. And no, they are not taxpayers themselves, they are net tax consumers. They consume more taxes than they pay therefore they don't really pay any taxes.
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