When my Congresswoman, then an Assemblywoman, gave an over the phone television interview several years ago regarding gun control, the conversation turned to her concern of setting forth the potential for “a police state.” I remember this interview because it was with me, a journalist at the time conducting the interview. The same perils the then-Assemblywoman pointed to then exist within this very concept. While no one wants to see anyone, police or civilian attacked, assaulted, or otherwise harmed, this seems as though it opens the potential for those same Police state concerns. If a member of law enforcement oversteps their boundaries, should that person defending themselves be charged with a federal crime as a result? If a law enforcement official’s word is put up against someone and skews the truth to make it seem like a defense was unprovoked, does that person now face a federal charge because the officer’s word is taken more than the civilian? In a protest setting, if even one person gets out of hand, do all protestors then risk potential of a federal crime charge while exercising their right to protest? As much as I don’t wish to see harm come to anyone, just as that assemblywoman, now congresswoman stated then (and who would be voting on this herself now, by the way, should she actually read these messages and not have a staffer send a form response), it seems like the foundation of a possible future police state.