Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The One Thing They Have In Common

There is a STORY on about a recent rash of shootings where the targets were officers. 11 officers have been shot in the last 24 hours.
"It's not a fluke," Richard Roberts, a spokesman for the International Union of Police Associations, told "There's a perception among officers in the field that there’s a war on cops going on."

...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,"
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.

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.



ViolentIndifference said...

Apparently criminals hate cops, not. Stop the presses - or what passes now days.

ViolentIndifference said...

"now" Apparently criminals hate cops, now. I made a snarko.

ViolentIndifference said...

I suppose posting a third time is in bad form, but "Something Needs to be Done"

Old NFO said...

Concur with ALL THREE of VI's comments...

Anonymous said...

IF there IS a War on Cops, they deserve it!

They're the ones that started the Us vs Them policy.

Officer safety trumps citizen safety = REALLY?

Frankly I can't condemn such a war until such time as the War on Drugs is abandoned, the LE ranks are reduced by half or more and LE returns to being "peace officers" vs quasi-military assault troops.


TheOtherLarry said...

Very well said! I wonder if they will ever figure it out.