In recent days, a number of Sheriff’s and some Police Chiefs have made public service announcements, saying that they want their constituents to carry their firearms. This is somewhat unusual (especially in NY), especially considering that most LE Admin types are usually liberals, and don’t like the idea of citizens being able to carry at all. In a related event, Liberty University’s President urged students to carry on campus if they had a permit, and to get one if they had not already done so. I bet their student enrollment goes up!
Here is a brief essay, from a Sheriff in Florida, that gives a valid, realistic take on why you should carry as a citizen. I know, I know, they’re all bad,,,right? If you truly believe all or even a majority of LE is bad, you might want to get a breathing tube installed. Breathing through all that sand is hard on the lungs, and will probably cause serious health issues.
Fallacies of Gun Control
December 8, 2015
Earlier this year, President Obama and his predictable following of sycophant, liberal media types were promoting the notion that law enforcement should be demilitarized. Objects of criticism were armored vehicles, tactical uniforms and weaponry, along with suggestions that a kinder, gentler law enforcement officer was somehow needed in response to Ferguson, Baltimore, and like uproars. Yet, at the same time thousands of malcontents were rioting, burning, and looting cities because some lives apparently mattered more than others; rhetoric about demilitarization of the cops poured forth.
As I see it, bullets are bullets and bombs are bombs; whether they are encountered by our Military on the hostile ground of a foreign country, or our Law Enforcement Officers at let’s say the Boston Marathon, San Bernardino, or in the murder Mecca of Chicago which happens to be home base for the Illinois Senator turned President. Suggestions to demilitarize law enforcement are about as shallow as the “gun control” fallacies that would serve only to disarm law-abiding citizens in this country.
Law Enforcement, the Fire Service, and the Ambulance are typically referred to as first responders but are they? The fact is that in nearly every crime against a person or persons, those individuals are in fact the first responder. The innocent folks that died while praying in a Charleston Church were first responders. The moviegoers killed in that Aurora theatre were first responders. The government workers enjoying an office party in California last week were first responders. When these episodes break out in split seconds, efforts to minimize the carnage become paramount. Regrettably, examples of first responders abound and in virtually every instance, these innocents were left to cower and just hope that they were not next to be shot because they were not in a position to defend themselves or others. It is a well known fact that many active shooters actually stop to reload their weapons during the incident and 2nd Amendment naysayers should read this sentence twice.
It’s no secret that elementary, middle, and high schools along with college campuses continue to be popular targets for active shooters. The question is not so much if another campus incident will occur but when and where. Millions of unchecked book bags and lunch boxes everyday traverse the higher education hallways across our country, and we simply hope that they contain books and lunches while many scoff at the notion that a (21) year old student with a concealed carry permit should be allowed to do so on campus. Virtually anyone can enter a college campus at any time, park their vehicle, and walk the grounds uncontested.
Law enforcement at large does a remarkable job in the face of unprecedented challenges and a growing trend of being vilified in whole for the rare misdeeds of an occasional bad actor. Still, we can’t be with everyone at all times and most of the citizens we serve do not have Secret Service protection around the clock like our President who touts gun control as the remedy for the myriad of real threats that face us. I doubt he would condone those that guard him and his family being disarmed or demilitarized, and I believe our citizenry deserves no less in protecting itself.
The criminally insane, the violent offenders, and the mounting number of terrorists within our borders do not give a damn about gun laws or gun free zones and make no mistake, they will always have guns. Few will dispute that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. I salute the good guys (and gals) and their right to legally own and possess firearms, be they for sport and peaceful purposes or for self defense…after all, they are likely going to be the first responder!
-Sheriff Mike Scott
American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE