The Hon. Tom Alciere
In the fifth century, Attila and the Huns would attack a peaceful city-state to take people prisoner and loot their houses. In the twenty-first century, cops carry out drug raids to take people prisoner and loot their houses.
Attila wanted to intimidate people into giving up gold. Some voters want to intimidate people into giving up some drugs. Neither desire is an excuse for the desirer to resort to violence. Permission from some voters (or their elected representatives) confers no more authority to cops than permission from Attila conferred to Huns.
It would have been a complete waste of time to reason with Attila about why he should respect the inherent natural rights of the peaceful inhabitants of a city-state, and it is a complete waste of time nowadays to reason with most voters and legislators about why they should respect the inherent natural rights of drug consumers and the merchants who proudly serve them. Aint my job to change their minds, their opinions, their laws or their underwear.
If Attila did not want his men to get themselves killed, he should not have sent them into battle against a peaceful city-state. If you dont want cops to get themselves killed, you should not vote for candidates who send them into battle against innocent drug dealers.
I dont blame inhabitants for fighting back, wounding and killing as many Huns as they could, and I dont blame drug dealers for fighting back, wounding and killing as many cops as they can.
The biggest difference between the fifth century and nowadays is that Huns faced death if they deserted or disobeyed rather than risking their lives in combat, but cops that dont want to suffer the consequences of drug enforcement are free to get a job.