Our law enforcement is under attack. Groups are using the recent shootings of civilians, which are still being investigated, as an excuse to disrespect and even brutally attack officers and deputies across the country. Some media are saying that there is no war against the police. I do believe that this is the beginning of that war. Not all of the attacks are with deadly force. Some are restaurants refusing service to police officers. Others are the taunting and being disrespectful towards them. These officers have done nothing to deserve this abuse. They are being targeted for just wearing the uniform and driving the police car. Now I am not going to go into the debate about if the Police use of force was justified or excessive. But punishing all of law enforcement for the actions of the few is excessive and just plain evil.
In larger cities, officers are paired up while on duty. They have their partner to watch their back. But in the smaller cities and most Sheriff’s departments, they do not have that partner to help them when they need it. They ride alone. Their backup is often miles away. You may have seen some ordinary people, offering to keep an eye out to assist the deputies and officers. Like when they are getting gas, or eating their lunch. We all need to do this.
“Backing up the Blue”
Here is what I am asking. That we offer to assist officers and deputies that are working alone. I am not talking about pretending to be cop. What I am saying is that if you see an officer walking into a gas station, offer to keep an eye their car. When they are getting gas, watch their back for them. If you see a deputy eating lunch, offer to sit with them. You can see what’s going on behind them while engaging in conversation. Be that extra pair of eyes. If you see something, you say something. Follow their directions. If they ask for help, help them. If they are struggling with a suspect, watch the area. That “suspect” may have a friend. Again, be that extra pair of eyes and assist if you are asked to. Above all, be a good witness.
Jumping to conclusions. Seems way to many are making judgement before all the facts are in. Before the investigations are concluded, media, politicians and a lot of ordinary people are making judgment.
The most recent shooting of a black man, people are already saying that he was shot after being pulled over for a broken taillight. That he did nothing wrong, and that he had a legal permit to carry a pistol. Even the Minnesota Governor is saying that the man would be alive still if he were white. How does the governor know this? The investigation had just barely begun, but yet Governor Dayton knows that race was the issue and nothing else.
Within 12 hours of Governor Dayton, making those remarks, during a protest in Dallas, 12 police officers were shot. 5 died from their injuries. A man, a black man, stating that he hated whites, attacked the police during protest.
So by using Governor Dayton’s logic, Governor Dayton’s words caused the attack on those officers. Is it true? Most likely no. Just like saying that the motivation of that St. Anthony PD officer was race. We don’t know do we?
What do we know? A black man was pulled over by an Asian cop. For reason unknown to the public at this time, the cop shot the man. The woman in the car recorded the aftermath of the shooting. Stated that he had a permit to carry. In Minnesota, the carry permit information is not public. We do not know nor has it been released to the public by the state if he did have a permit to carry.
So lets let the the investigators investigate. Let them do what they are trained to do. If this cop messed up, prove it. He would be tried and convicted. If he did not, the evidence will show he was justified. Police officers, deputies and other law enforcement are human. They are not perfect. Some have made mistakes. However, most cops are the good guys and we should respect them for it. Lets not punish all cops for the possible mistake of another cop. Lets not punish all blacks for the possible mistake of another.
This past weekend a fun and educational day at the gun range turned to tragedy. While shooting at an indoor range, hot brass ejected from a fathers .22 pistol, bounced off the partition next to him and down his collar. In the chaos of the brass casing burning him, he flailed, with gun in hand, pulled the trigger. The round ricocheted off the ceiling, and struck his own son. Killing him.
Now, I could go into the fact that he should have dropped his gun. This is true. But what I really want to talk about is his reaction, and the Internets reaction to those tragic events. First, a lot of people involved with negligent discharges, always blame either the gun or someone other than themselves. This man, the boys father, stated that he is to blame for the death of his son. Not the gun, nor the gun range. He blames himself for not dropping the gun. Some say that he was not being safe. It is true that he should have dropped the gun when he got burned. This is not a case of someone carrying in their pocket without a proper holster when the gun “went off”. We are not talking about someone using Tannerite unsafely. This was a bad reaction to a not so uncommon circumstance.
What I am really appalled of is the reaction in the media, and online. There are authors that are calling this father stupid, careless and unsafe. They are demonizing him for a mistake. A mistake that he will have to live with for the rest of his life. He has to live with the fact that his mistake killed his own son. There are others saying that by him taking responsibility for his actions, and not blaming the gun, that he is saying that his guns are more important than his son. What a crock of crap. For once a man takes responsibility for his actions. The same website also was picking on his faith, for saying that his son is now in a better place, on a beautiful lake with his ancestors. So I will call out the website for their trash it is. http://www.wonkette.com. A quick look around and you will learn fast that this is a liberal trash site.
For the authors of Wonkette, I say you are trash for picking on this grieving father and trying to make a joke of his faith. You really show how ignorant, biased and heartless you really are.
P.S. Wonkette, you can kiss my Conservative, gun carrying ass.
As for the rest of us, keep this father and his family in your prayers.