"It's not a fluke," Richard Roberts, a spokesman for the International Union of Police Associations, told MSNBC.com. "There's a perception among officers in the field that there’s a war on cops going on."No kidding? I've got news for you, Mr. Union Rep, the things that these criminals all have in common are: Long histories of criminal violence, Not in jail due to lenient parole boards and a revolving-door "justice" system, and Felony Possession of a gun which was illegally acquired (and which they are constitutionally protected from having to disclose, if asked).ETA: And, since they are criminals, by definition they are trying to thwart authority, you dimwit.
...While all the shootings don’t appear to be connected, Roberts says they have one thing in common.
"We don't have any data, but there seems to be a type of criminal out there looking to thwart authority,"
Mr. Roberts, your union is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, whose stance on firearms is "disarmament of the citizenry". As the last 24 hours have shown, you are outnumbered by the criminals, and they have nothing to lose. Wouldn't it make sense for your member police chiefs to, instead, drop their authoritarian stance and embrace having the citizens available to defend your officers? I ask, because there is a perception among the citizenry that your officers have been waging war on us for decades now, civil rights be-damned.
Every response by law enforcement to criminal misuse, by long-established criminals, is to clamp down on the non-criminals in an effort to do something. It is way past time for this to change. Because, while the criminals have you outnumbered, we--the law-abiding-- have THEM outnumbered. And, you could use us as allies instead of treating us as adversaries.