Judges and arms
Alan Corwin forwards to me a discussion between him and another relating to the arming of judges. (To be more precise, proposals to exempt judges from various firearms regulations, in the same way that LEOs are generally exempt. There is an attorney general's opinion in AZ, where a JP asked if he was a "peace officer" and thus able to carry concealed (back before there were permits for it). The AG ruled that a JP is only a peace officer when he is responding to a riot (one of their duties under law). Anyway--
>i am doing a paper on if judges should be allowed to carry guns. i
>was wondering if u had any info on possible specifics when it comes
>to judges. i know law enforcement has seperate policies regarding
>guns versus the public. are the judges treated as pubic persons? can
>they carry firearms? in all states? i am from california. thank you
>for any information u may have.
As a matter of principle I would generally be against giving any
group special privileges that the American public at large does not
enjoy. The idea that a judge needs personal protection more than you
or I, or has a right to keep and bear arms that you or I do not have,
or has more justification for self defense than other people do, is
blatantly elitist and simply unacceptable as a standard for the
American way. This would apply to many other groups that also seek to
exempt themselves from laws that constrain the rest of us.
That said, it's obvious that many groups, especially government
employees like judges, prosecutors, officials of many descriptions
and more are seeking to lift themselves above the rest of us, with
privileges and 'rights' we don't have and cannot get. This helps
destroy the American Dream, and is increasingly popular. California,
where you are from, leads the way nationally down roads such as this.
It's a shame, and an affront to everything that has made America great.
Should judges be allowed to exercise an uninfringeable right under
the Constitution to keep and bear arms? Of course, just like the rest
of us. If judges are somehow granted this privilege, and you and I
are not, tyranny has increased.