So I was getting post info together for my thoughts on the Dallas shooting last week, and I read this headline, “BREAKING: 6 Police Officers Shot – 3 Confirmed Dead In Baton Rouge, LA”. I find the irony of “Patriots” who look like SWAT or Delta “Operators” on their FB profile pic, and who continual echo the mantra “The police should not be militarized!”, ridiculously ignorant. At a minimum they are hypocritical and not just a little bit disturbing.
Let’s look at some of the situations in the last week. We have the situation in Dallas last week where twelve people were shot (11 Officers, 1 civilian), and five of the Officers died. There is the event in Baltimore, where a guy started shooting at police with an AR pistol when the police pulled up to his location (they had heard gunfire coming from that area). And finally, the unfolding situation in Baton Rouge. These events are similar to what I experienced in Iraq (especially Dallas where the guy was using groups of civilians to hide behind, and is a similar ambush type). If you are acting like an effeminate apologist by denying these facts and making lame excuses, it shows less than stellar analysis on your part.
The same people who “Gun up” for an “Active shooter” scenario from the civilian side (yes, cops are civilians, but I’m making a distinction in career choices not “Us vs Them”) , have a problem with cops preparing in the same way for a similar situation. What do you think the odds are that a Police Officer will be involved in an active shooter/ambush situation like the ones mentioned earlier, compared to the average civilian? keep in mind that their chosen profession generally implies that during practical application, they will to go into harms way (this was proven in Dallas last week).
What, you believe that because of what a court said in some ridiculous precedent/ruling that says the police are not required to protect civilians, that that is the case and how most of them feel? Then I guess we should make some assumptions about you based on what some vague demographic or career choice info says, huh (You’re a postal worker, therefore you’re gonna create a workplace active shooter situation)?
If you believe that (following the court’s ruling of no required protection of civilians) about the majority of cops, , I’d say you only know a few cowardly fucksticks wearing a badge, or you don’t know any cops, your’e getting your talking points from anti cop FB posters, the MSM, some blogger who has an ax to grind (rightly or wrongly) against the police and spouts anti cop rhetoric all day long, or some guy who needs a “domestic enemy” so he has an excuse to “Gun up” against “The threat”.
Do I like that the police are being “militarized”? No. Do I think they need to be able to address the threat imposed on them? ABSOLUTELY! Just like any war we fight is not like the war before, and the evolving threats require forward thinking people to prepare for it, cops are in the same boat. As a Survivalist, I believe in preparing for the threats I could face, not just the threats possibly imposed on me in 1920. A Police Officer who is not able to have an optically sighted carbine, a rifle plate carrier, and a serious IFAK (first aid) in his cruiser in most jurisdictions is being set up for failure in the real world.
Why would a bad guy choose to use a semi auto carbine when committing criminal acts? Because he has correctly assessed the threat of the police, and realized most don’t have the means to gun it out with him at ranges (beyond 35 yards), and they don’t have the means to protect themselves from the round his weapon fires. Of the two, which is more important for the Officer? I believe the plates are a higher priority for them, simply because their exposure to hostile fire is greater.
Why are rifle plates more important? It’s simple. In an Infantry context, the rifle team or squad would lay down a base of fire to keep the bad guys heads down. The police should not and generally do not “lay down a base of fire” simply because of the “innocents” and background,(especially in an urban environment) and needing to account for every round sent downrange (unlike the military). From what I’ve seen, the Officers in Dallas were not aware of the proper method required to safely move from cover to cover as a “Buddy” or “Fire” team, while still only sending accurate rounds downrange.
In an environment such as the Dallas situation, you should never be without at least a “battle Buddy”. The footage I watched of the Officer shot at the pillar was proof of that (if he’d had a “Battle Buddy” covering his movement, he probably would still be with us). This is the simplest of combat concepts (maneuvering as a Buddy Team, this is what is taught in MDT’s RBTEC), but although the police departments (some) have militarized from the equipment aspect, they haven’t learned the most important part, which is what’s in your head (they either knew it and didn’t apply it [Vets], or they just were ignorant of the concepts involved). This is not a “Monday morning quarterback” session, it is looking for answers that will save lives.
So now we’ll talk about the excuses made for the murder of Police Officers that had not committed any individual acts to warrant being shot or killed. By all means, if they did something to warrant it, please show us. Don’t be a hypocrite and say all police should be stereotyped as “jackbooted Goons”. If you do, that can easily be turned around and used to give reason for preemptively shooting members of several demographics (that’s not how it works in any legitimate measure of use of force).
The shootings of Castile in Minn., and Sterling shooting in La were the “excuses” made for this, and that’s exactly what they were, excuses. At that time, no one had any legitimate info on those shootings, and even now info is vague, but they are pointing to the possibility of the shooting having some legitimacy. I won’t speculate on them, simply because I don’t need to impress anyone with my “prescient” ability to read facts (because it doesn’t exist) that haven’t been submitted, or can’t be proven to be accurate yet.
To the account of Sterling being an ExCon with a long rap sheet, I say “So what.”. The individual’s actions on site are what decide where you go with use of force, not his having a “Pedophile” conviction, or multiple gun and drug violations. You dumb asses that want to assume the cops were at fault need to reflect the last time you made an assumption like that based on “eye witness” accounts like in the Brown/Wilson shooting. How’d that turn out?
There was no excuse for the shooting and murder of cops who were in Dallas or Baton Rouge. It’s that simple. If you believe there is one because of the whole “Cops shooting blacks” thing, I guess you also believe you need to start shooting black men too, right? Black men kill more blacks (racial fratricide) in the United States than any other demographic or profession (if you did not know that fact by now you are purposefully ignorant). Cops kill more whites than blacks in any given year, and the killing of two black men was only something these screwed up people use to justify their twisted thought process and actions.
Let’s say only five percent of people in Law Enforcement are good guys, and ninety five percent are thugs (a ridiculous notion, but just a “what it”). Do the five percent deserve to be gunned down in the street because of the ninety five? Of course not. I know what I believe is the percentage of good and bad cops based simply on what I’ve seen as a Law Enforcement Officer. Are there bad guys in LE? Most assuredly, but I challenge you to show a profession that doesn’t have it’s sadistic “bad eggs”. To the good guys in Law Enforcement out there I say, “Keep it up, and be an example.”. To the bad guys in Law Enforcement I say, “Your time is coming, you’ll be held to account in this life or the next.”
My friend Doc at Maingun decided to do something about the “Lack of Rifle Armor” thing. He has started a “Go Fund Me” site that is geared towards giving 100 Police Officers rifle plates and plate carriers for on patrol. If you think that Police Officers don’t deserve to be gunned down simply due to their profession, by all means go check the GFM site out. If you do believe they deserve/deserved it, I feel sorry for the warped sense of “justice” you espouse, and I also realize that you ARE THE PROBLEM! Be a sane example, not a sensationalist provocateur.
American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE