I am a follower of your post and I find it informative as well as a required necessity in a world that all too often slips into corruption. I know officers sometimes complain and voice opinions that the blog should be avoided, but I believe that men and women, especially the cop that walks a narrow and honest beat has nothing to fear from your blog.
Let me start my written rant by admonishing anonymous March 1st 1012 am and posing a question to him or her. You elude to the fact that a man that would pick up a gun is lacking in their manhood. Did you mean literally? or figuratively?
I want to take a second to tell you a quote from John Wayne "Courage is being scared to death, and climbing into the saddle anyway" I want to remind you that every day millions of red blooded Americans both in this country and deployed overseas climb up on that proverbial saddle. A lot of those men and woman are comprised of military and law enforcement.
I am one of those individuals that you carelessly and needlessly hurled stones at with your childish and immature post.No apologies needed, my brothers and sisters have grown used to it. It seems to be the norm of today.
There's three types of people in this world. SHEEP... the individuals like yourself that believe that nothing can or would ever happen to them. WOLVES... that's the criminal element in society that preys upon sheep like yourself. They are committer's of crimes against their fellow man and I wont mince words when I say they don't care one bit about yourself, your values or your perceived rights that are safe guarded my the next type of person. SHEEPDOGS... I fall into this category. We are the protectors of you and the rest of the sheep. The wolves hate the sheepdog, we stop them from doing whatever they want to the sheep. The sheep don't like us all the time either because we look an awful lot like the wolf. I guess sheepdogs are a necessary evil "If the sheep want to survive" because there is nothing, no law, no sign, no proclamation or public act that's going to stop a wolf.
I've made a living carrying a gun for the better part of half of my life. I can tell you that the word reassurance doesn't begin to explain the feeling that a man that steps into harms way gets when he holds a firearm in a situation that could result in the loss of human life due to a wolfs actions. I've carried a gun since I was a young boy and learned how to use one out of necessity growing up on my families farm. I learned firearms safety and responsibility at a young age and have turned it into a way of life.
Im disappointed by the fact that I often hear folks that want to strip my gun rights from me say "only cops and the military should have guns." I have to pose the question "what's the difference between me as a cop and a good hearted man guided by a morally correct compass?" The answer is simple... nothing. One day I will retire and now all of the sudden overnight im not to be trusted with the guns I have carried and protected with for the better part of three decades because i'm not a police officer?
Its ridiculous. Im a good man and will always step toe to toe with a bad man to stop something wrong from happening, now and after I retire.
Anonymous at 1012 what is your feeling on innocent people that have stopped violent crimes against themselves or other innocent people? Are you in support of them for having exercised their U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT in legally obtaining a firearm and defending themselves? or would you rather they were a victim?
Let's be realistic there is nothing, NOTHING your going to do to get criminals to turn in guns. Because we cant disarm the wolf why should we disarm the sheepdogs that CHOOSE not to be sheep? Please remember that the threat of a gun held by good guys across the country is what keeps you safe. In your travels in this country, at home at night in your bed and every where in between.
In closing I want to say how dare you make a comment insinuating that Police Officers need to join your sensible gun laws. your an idiot for insinuating that cops are too stupid to understand which way to vote. WE TOOK AN OATH TO UPHOLD THE CONTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, NOT BREAK IT! A well regulated militia was NOT the military! it was the farmer, the blacksmith the school teacher! The same constitution that stops me from taking your keyboard and throwing it out the window is the constitution that protects my gun rights! It was written into the fabric of our country's heritage to protect the aforementioned people from a government that could possibly strip all of our other rights from us! Do you even know why the revolutionary war was fought?
I still believe everyone should choose to protect themselves and learn how to properly and safely use a firearm. I can list hundreds of circumstances where a firearm has saved a homeowners life. It happened in October of last year right in Hartford during a home invasion!
I cant stop you from living with your head in the sand, I can however tell you that I've sworn an oath to lay down my life if need be to protect yours. No matter how much I dislike your way of thinking I love you as my brother or sister and will always be standing by, waiting for the wolf that's lurking in the shadows.