Crime scenes are one thing ... an entire political jurisdiction. Several entire political jurisdictions -- Boston, Cambridge, Watertown -- is another. Populations in the millions directly enjoined to house arrest. Hundreds of thousands of commuters directly enjoined from entry of places of employment, education, recreation. A significant part of the Northeast Urban Agglomeration unable to participate in regional, national and international economic activity during a "lock down". It wasn't a snow emergency. It wasn't an outbreak of SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV). It wasn't ... It was the possibility of a short sequence of firefights between the armed, armored and coordinated, and one armed adolescent. It was the capacity to engage a met target kinetically with hundreds of rounds of standard infantry ammunition with unlimited follow-on fire capabilities, and the capacity to engage a met target kinetically with tens of rounds and one unit of exit ordinance upon failure of evasion. As a rate of fire statement it was the capacity for a sustained high rate of coordinated fire vs zero or more bursts of planned fire plus zero or more bursts of unplanned fire plus zero or one 10 meter radius area denial explosion.
Data on engagements by symmetrically armed forces in urban areas is everywhere. Data on escape and evasion by armed actors in urban areas is also everywhere. Restated as a public health problem for the political executive(s) of one or more urban political jurisdiction(s), the risk to sworn peace officers presented by attempting to take into custody any intentionally armed actor is indistinguishable from the risk presented by the more numerous incidentally armed actors, as is the risk to others consequent to the attempts to take into custody. Firearms in the commissions of felonies is a given, independent of political jurisdiction, political theater is not.
Mortality and morbidity arising from pollen will occur today. The same arising from air pollution for private profit will also occur today. The same arising from building and safety code violations and structural failure or fire will also occur today. The same arising from ordinary, and exceptional errors of motor vehicle operator judgement and design defects will also occur today. The same arising from historically unprecedented resource disparity will also occur today. The same arising from illicit economic activity will also occur today, and the same, arising from sworn peace officer pursuit of lawful warrants of arrest or reasonable suspicion, will also occur today. The distribution of the aggregate of these over the political jurisdictions that form the Northeast urban Agglomeration is unremarkable. The convulsions of political executives, suspending the right of free assembly, the right of free speech, over all persons presently within, or with an interest in entering, or transiting, entire political jurisdictions, overreaching all rational contours of risk, is not unremarkable.
Sworn peace officers were at risk of injury, were injured, and one died in the line of duty Thursday. The executives of police bargaining units are likely to support the momentary contraction of first and fourth Amendment protections of the entire resident and incidental populations of these political jurisdictions, ordered, or "advised", by the executives of these political jurisdictions. However, the executives elected to advance bargaining unit economic interests, and the executives of inferior political jurisdictions elected by cyclic paid media buys and incidental accumulated earned media messages do not have a fundamental interest in the first, or fourth Amendments to the Constitution. That interest lies in the Article I, II, and III branches of the government of the United States, incorporated to the governments of States, and their electors.
The retail arm of the gun lobby didn't do so well yesterday, but the wholesale arm of the gun lobby did very, very well, and as always, there are many eager to surrender the first and fourth Amendment rights obtained by at cost by men and women facing the gallows and bayonets.