The first time a policeman shoved his pistol in my face in a wholly successful effort to terrorize me I was eleven years old. Half a century latter, having disembarked from the subway at the station that served my new office in Brooklyn, I inquired of a nearby policeman which stairway was best for my destination. His response was to widen and square up his stance and place his hand on the butt of his Smith & Wesson pistol before asking me to repeat the question.
It's civics lessons like these that make me want to take everyone who advocates for "common sense gun control", a collection of policies which leave criminals and the police with a monopoly on deadly force, and have them enjoy similar civics lessons. And in the spirit of that clown at The Nation who wants concealed carry holders to be shot, I want them to stand by helplessly while their children are treated this way by the police, multiple times, and then explain to their children the necessity for everyone to obey authority if civil society is to succeed.
To be clear, I am not faulting the police. Having succeeded in aging out of the cohort where the primary threat to my health was other black men, I can't imagine how you police these same black men given that the police are under no obligation to provide safety to the neighborhoods they police, their primary concern is their own safety, a policeman is shot every other day and, based upon murder rates as opposed to arrest rates, young black men are dangerous.
If one objects to the animal husbandry approach to policing employed by the Greensboro police or the "stop & frisk" approach the NYPD used to employ then you have to find a fundamentally different approach to policing. Rather than deploying a standing army of exogenous soldiers policing has to become the responsibility of the inhabitants of these neighborhoods. And those performing this function have to be able to deploy deadly force in support of their police activities. It's not simply the race or ethnicity of the people doing the policing versus the people being policed, as witnessed by the recent murder of an NYPD policeman in East Harlem. The people performing this function have to be in and of the communities they police. In other words, they have to be a local militia, not in the sense of the National Guard which the president can dispatch to any foreign country chosen at his or her whim. It has to be a militia in the sense of "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."