… to push the conversation a little farther left. “Why when we’re responding to mental health crises do we need armed police officers rather than social workers or medical workers?” they said. “Do you actually need a police officer to come when you’re in a car accident that’s not lethal? Why are we criminalizing these behaviors, rather than helping the people that are in need?” Aboliti…
You would think this would be an appealing argument to people on the right, who often reflexively push back against state power.
The idea that armed agents of the state need to show up at a fender bender so grown-ups can exchange insurance information is something we’re used to but that doesn’t make a lot of sense if you think about it. There are other perfectly sensible ways of going about things.
We ought to be able to frame this issue to appeal to elements of the right with libertarian mindsets.
Nobody wants to live in a police state unless they’re so privileged that armed police are always their agents. And that kind of privilege is probably rarer than it might seem.