Recent events have made it painfully obvious that murderous trouble can
erupt at any time and in any place. It is a clear and present danger.
We can no longer afford to pretend such dangers do not exist.
It is irresponsible to continue to imagine that police can be everywhere,
or that they can respond with sufficient speed to prevent a homicidal
Police are second responders. The first responders are always we, the
people, on the scene as events unfold.
The time has come to insist upon robust restoration of our right to defend