I don't feel I'm being played by the media. I just have a different opinion than you. I don't like guns. I don't want to see people carrying them in public. And I don't think police need them for most of the work they do. The best evidence I have to back up my p.o.v. is the graph from prison policy initiative which I included in the original story showing how many people are killed by the police in the U.S. compared to other countries. (A lot.) Meanwhile, this morning, I read this story in the San Francisco Chronicle about how it is costing close to $2 million a year to lock up a teen for skipping school. https://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/Costly-nearly-empty-juvenile-halls-force-Bay-15563778.php

Do you agree that our criminal justice system could use improvement? What makes sense to you?

I understand guns are important to you. I don't mind if you keep them in your home. But do you require the right to brandish them in public to feel satisfied with gun policy?

Do you honestly think every police officer needs a gun when 95% of the crimes they respond to are non-violent? Large numbers of people have been released from jail in San Francisco due to Covid, with no concurrent increase in crime.

We lock too many people up, period. And the systemic racism that runs through the system means communities of color suffer most from this mistake.

How do you suggest we fix these problems? The solutions that seem obvious to me are to decriminalize non-violent crimes (meaning come up with punishments less extreme than incarceration) and demilitarize and defund (reduce funding for) police.

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