Law enforcement exists to save citizens time and money. Half of Texans carry a firearm and can protect themselves if necessary, but if a bank robber initiates a heist, how many of us have the time or the training to respond? Certainly though, as citizens we have the legal right and responsibility to do so, in the absence of any alternative. Thus it is important to remember that law enforcement officers are civilians that bravely step forward and take the responsibility to deal with the ugliness of society head on, day after day, so that we rarely need to. Nevertheless, it is important to recognize why we have law enforcement: because some people are bad people, and because most of us don’t have the proper training. We must have suitably trained and staffed law enforcement in our cities and in our counties. It is our responsibility to stand behind law enforcement.
While it is the case that many municipalities pay more than they should for most everything because wasting money is what we have come to expect from government at all levels, the current effort to de-fund the police is an assault to our way of life and to the rule of law, which is the hallmark of Western Civilization.