Sponsored by ABC and PBS, it sought to provide an open discourse from both perspectives with former police chiefs on one end and victims of police brutality on the other.
The main source of contention was no-knock raids; those involving utmost secrecy in the name of 'strategy'.
Complete darkness, early hours of the morning, and without announcement, a SWAT team breaks open your door and begins tearing through your house.
Sometimes it's the wrong house, often it's against a non-violent offender, and sometimes the homeowner fights back thinking the police are a burglar. People die.
When questioned as to why police feel the need to perform these raids at 3am, the consensus was that the police are scared shitless of a heavily armed populace.
This is easily the most egregious and nonsensical argument ever made in this debate, but the moderators failed to challenge this claim.
SWAT stands for "Special Weapons and Tactics".
So if the police are so scared of an armed populace, why are they raiding people in their homes where all those guns are readily accessible?
Why are you willfully taking the fight to an enemy that you consider strategically superior in firepower and defensive posture? And most importantly, why are you risking all of this while failing to openly declare that you are the police?
The homeowner is being awoken from a sound sleep to loud banging sounds and someone in their house.
If they uphold the 2nd Amendment, they are likely armed and now ready to defend their home against this unknown assailant.
So why risk this scenario where lives may be lost on both sides of the spectrum due to nothing more than confusion?
They are likely unarmed or lightly armed, with whatever potential weapons they have mostly inside the residence. They are awake and able to distinguish between burglar and police.
This offers the SWAT team a strategically superior position by being able to fully surround the suspect instead of hunting him through his own home in the dead of night, in unknown circumstances, and in the deadliest form of armed combat: Close Quarters Combat.
It is painfully clear that SWAT is all "Special Weapons" and no "Tactics" since the Reagan Administration's War on Drugs began to pervert what was supposed to be a tool of last resort.
Welcome to Police State USA.