now, i'm not suggesting anything to anyone, merely presenting an open question or thought. why shouldn't protesters or any one being harrassed by the police fight back in self defense? what do we have to lose? oh, maybe we'll get arrested? that happens regardless. maybe we'll get shot or beaten? that is pretty much guaranteed too, resisting police or not, as we have seen in sacto, seattle, and our home town. the pigs don't care about us. they are out to get us, period. sure, they may be nice people if they are not wearing a badge, and you meet them in a social situation. cops can even be friendly if you are in the good citizen role, but as soon as you show up at an anti-establishment rally, they see you as the enemy, even if they personally don't see you as the enemy, they are ordered by their masters to, and like good nazi foot soldiers (after all, they were just following orders too, right?), they do as their told and ignore their conscience.
when they put on the riot gear and start swinging, i see that as a direct physical assualt. as such, perhaps we should consider defending ourselves. i think the Black Panthers had a great idea. show up to marches legally carrying rifles and weapons. after all, that is a guaranteed constitutional right courtesy of the republicans, right? and carrying a rifle is different than carrying a pistol. you have to get a permit for carrying a handgun, but any redneck with a pickup can have a gun rack. i wonder how differently police would treat a group of protesters when they see a bunch of people carrying shotguns and hunting rifles? the cops fuck us over because they know we won't do shit about it besides bitch and moan and maybe have a lawsuit which will never win, and if it does, will never indict the actual cops themselves. if the cops actually see that we are armed just like they are, i think it would level the playing field. they won't be so quick to come out swinging if they see that they may encounter serious resistance. i mean, come on, locking hands and forming lines to take over intersections only works till the cops show up, then its broken skulls, pepper spray and paddy wagons. they may be a little more polite if they see a few rifles or swords or baseball bats or sharp gardening implements, whatever. i believe as long as you are not weilding them in a threatening manner, than you could legally bring possible self defense implements to a rally. after all, non-violence is just getting our asses kicked. i'll look into the laws on carrying weapons more closely and write a follow up to this.