Do I need to be on close to equal terms as law enforcement? YES!!
Now that is a statement that will get some irritated responses from calmer more civilized members of the urban community.
I have been irritated by the hero status given all law enforcement for years. Some are dirtbags just like the rest of us dirtbags. Others are ambulance chasers and arsonist and drunks etc. just like the rest of the population. Some are noble, calm, exceptional human beings, just like the rest of the population. I am with you in your statement, I reserve the right to determine the status of the guy with a gun(cop)in front of me, not assume he is a hero and depend on him for my rights, needs, protection, and liberty. In my youth, I thought they were highly trained and schooled in mediating and resolving conflict. Ahhh, the ignorance of youth! Law enforcement should not be elevated to lofty status's until they achieve the status through public acknowledgement of and by their actions. Just like everyone else. Lack of this creates a superiority complex I have observed in many Barney Fife's. This is so common that movies have made light of it for years. Small town cops nation wide are rife with it. Not to say some great cops don't exist at the lower levels, just that the bar is lower and they are fewer and further between.
The Liberal's would have you believe if you would just give up your guns, a little at a time, we could have Bobbies like the UK instead of armed guards. Statistics show how that is working out. The homicide rate is higher in countries with gun bans, they just beat you, cut you, or otherwise mangle you to death. As the FBI charts show for this country, you are more likely to be beaten to death or stabbed by almost 3 :1 ratio over being killed with a rifle or long gun. Yet they keep cherry picking the numbers and coming up with Harvard studies like the one on Meet the Nation this morning. Lies and damn lies sucked up by an unarmed population in the cities being led to believe the country people are preventing them from attaining a more civil and safe society. Obama even stated it.