posted on Jan, 18 2013 @ 11:37 PM
Look at the picture. Any police officers with a comment on this particular incident?
I know that many people here on ATS equate the police as the tools that will knock down doors when the government passes laws dictating that guns of
one type or another are illegal and as such, must be removed. Similar to prohibition, when law enforcement entered businesses and homes to remove
stockpiles of then illegal liquor. Some people resisted, and both citizens and police officers were injured and killed.
Laws against possession on certain firearms already exist, and these guns are taken when law enforcement is aware of their location, and suspects are
arrested. Of course, the same thing happens when officers enforce laws regarding other illegal physical items like drugs, stolen property, etc.
Officers enforce laws that they may disagree with every day; from seatbelts to marijuana and abortion protestors to posession of fully automatic
weapons - they arrest people that violate the laws related to these issues, even though personally they strongly disagree with them.
Why? Because they took an oath to do exactly that - enforce the law without favor or prejudice, regardless of their personal feelings or opinion.
Why? Are they like the Nazis, who enforced law, even though they knew the laws were murderous and against all human concept of compassion or reality?
NO - they are not Nazis - automotons that blindly follow dictates made a madman. The difference is the way America works. They enforce the laws
We elect people by voting. (Lots of people are unhappy because the person we backed did not win.) Those that are elected then represent our vote
then passing laws using a majority vote in the legislatures from city hall on up to the Senate. Those laws are then judged as to their adherence to
the Constitution by the courts. (Lots of us read the Constitution differently than the Courts, so we are again unhappy). However, the result is a
law that has been created and vetted by people we voted for, and is therefore a result we the voters created.
Which means the laws now exist because a majority of "us" put it on the books. We hire people to enforce those laws without favor. Those people,
are sometimes injured and killed trying to do the job of enforcing the laws, and therefore trained in methods to try to keep everyone alive and well
during the process of enforcing the laws we created.
Most of the methods that officers use doing their job are based on history of other officers actions while enforcing laws. (Many law enforcement
agencies are clamoring for the currently unreleased details of the Aurora mass murders so that they can develop training for their officers that will
keep people alive if they are unfortunate enough to respond to an "active shooter" incident that is similar to it.) Keeping everyone alive means
you have to learn from others that do the job.
Look at the picture. Many of you see a patriot, or a man standing up for his rights, or an example for us all, and might shake his hand for and say
Now - put on a uniform, gun belt, vest, and a badge. Go to briefing, where you have already heard many other incidents described where a shooter has
killed multiple people. In fact, you used to only carry a pump shotgun in your unit's gun rack - now, because of large amount of bad people that are
well armed with a semi-auto rifle equipped with a large magazine of high velocity bullets and a high-power scope, you also slide a "long gun" into
the rack in order to sort of level the odds if a bad thing happens. Of you go, alone in the patrol car.
You receive a radio report of a "man with a gun - possible assault weapon". (I know, I know, its not REALLY - get real) Other units respond to
back you; again, history tells you that any "gun" call increases the probability of your death. People point you towards the cash registers in the
store at the incident location. Back-up is still 5 out. Columbine changed your training about this type of call; in the past, you followed policy by
hunkering down and waiting for plenty of help to arrive before anyone goes in. Thats exactly what the cops did at that school, and kids died that did
not have to. So, right now, your updated training - if there is a gun, especially a long gun, mandates that you make contact right now, taking that
risk to try to save lives. Fortunately, you brought your long gun too. You turn the corner and look towards the counter.
Look at the picture.
Thinking about "gun rights' right now? Hard to think about them under a sweaty vest.
Regardless of your stance on the issue, remember that the pepole that enforce your law - even if you don't like it - (we voted for the people that
passed that law) - are there in the real world, facing a person with an assault weapon. Stuff your enraged ego away for a minute and really put
yourself in his/her shoes.
Look at the picture...