Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Radley Balko reports on The Police State Comes To Arkansas:
"[Police are] going to be in SWAT gear and have AR-15s around their neck," Stovall said. "If you're out walking, we're going to stop you, ask why you're out walking, check for your ID."
Stovall said while some people may be offended by the actions of his department, they should not be...
Stovall added that he realized there was little difference between what he was proposing and martial law--and that he didn't much care.
Hey, gun control groupies?  When your Starbuck's medium nonfat soy vanilla causes a random neuron misfire and you mouth opens up to spill out some canned tripe like "No one needs this type of weapon to protect themselves!"


Tell me.  Who's going to protect us from megalomaniacs like Boss "I figger Ima gonna have me my own PO-LICE STATE right here in Arkansas!" Stovall?

You know, the guy who decides that he's in charge, outfit his friends with all those deadly rifles, and does things like stop people for daring to be out on the the streets without his permission good reason, and throw them in jail if he doesn't like their looks they can't prove that they're not a criminal.

Who watches the watchmen?

And who will protect you when "The Chief" decides that you're not one of the "good people"?


Terry Pratchett summed it up in Men At Arms:
"But that's not right, see? One man with the power of life and death."
"But if he's a good man-" Carrot began.
"What? What? OK. OK. Let's believe he's a good man. But his second-in-command-is he a good man too? You'd better hope so. Because he's the supreme ruler, too, in the name of the king. And the rest of the court… they've got to be good men. Because if just one of them's a bad man the result is bribery and patronage."
Bad men, bribery and patronage.  Say hello to Boss Stovall, gun control advocates... because if you get your way, he is certainly going to get his.

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