As it happens, there’s a healthy debate in Utah about how law enforcement conducts drug raids. Public scrutiny of police operations is a check and balance against potential overzealous police operations and policies. But taking this general issue all the way to the other end to codify justifiable shooting of officers is craziness.
Police already have a frightening, dangerous job. Holding out a potential free pass for gunmen to shoot first is only a recipe for making some officers trigger-happy. Indiana defense attorneys are drooling.
The National Rifle Association worked through its flunkies in the Indiana Legislature to pass the shoot-a-cop law. Gov. Mitch Daniels, touted as a Republican vice presidential nominee, signed the bill into law. Thanks, NRA. I’m sure similar laws will be sprouting in other states now. The gun lobby apparently won’t be happy until it’s Tombstone on American streets.