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Response to jody (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 09:13 PM

2. It is mostly a matter of resource management.

Currently, the task of defending the individual is the responsibility of the individual. The police protect society as a whole by investigating crimes after they occur and arresting the suspects for trial.

The way you have defined "defend society" is really just a variation on "defend the individual". It is mostly a resource problem. There are not enough cops to be able to protect/defend individuals from criminals. The same holds true for small groups of people, not enough cops. Large groups of people do get a number of cops assigned to them. However, the number assigned is usually far too low to effectively do the job should trouble break out.

In places of guaranteed conflict, like a court house, the cops disarm everyone entering the building and have the responsibility of physically defending everyone they have disarmed. In these types of environments the cops are present in sufficient numbers to do the job of defending the individuals and groups in the controlled environment.

The easiest solution to cover both "defend the individual" and "defend society as groups" is to let the individuals carry the tools needed to defend themselves both when they are alone and when they are in groups, should the individuals choose to do so. Those who are unarmed by choice or disqualification get "heard protection" from those present who are armed.

Then it is just a matter of controlling who is trustworthy enough to carry the self-defense tools and who is not. For example, today's standards for concealed carry slightly vary from state to state, but mostly match the following:
- 21 years old
- no felony convictions
- no misdemeanor convictions for domestic abuse
- no mental illness (defined as involuntary commitments)
- some states have tests for knowledge and ability (some states do not)

The second easy option is to increase the number of cops/guards so that they are present in reasonable numbers at these high density locations (schools, malls, theaters, etc). If the guards are not cops, a system will be needed to determine who is allowed to be a guard. However, this option is resource intensive, which is why it is not usually used. This options does not solve the "protect the individual" goal, just the "protect the group" goal.

A third, and most expensive, option is to remove the criminals from society, or at least greatly disarm them.

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