Sometimes it's easy to lose track of how
important law enforcement officers are in our everyday lives.
Unfortunately, losing track of police importance seems to be easier for
those of us who carry our own guns. Why? Because, we see
ourselves as more independent, and we love those silly signs that
We Don't Call 911.
- I will)
I happen to carry a gun, but if my life
or that of another is in danger, I will not hesitate to call 911.
If I'm going to call 911, anyway, why do
I carry a gun?
Because I realize that there are
fewer police than there are bad guys, who need police attention,
Because I realize that, while the
police are taking my Emergency Call, they are probably taking calls
of equal importance from others,
Because it gives me a few extra
options, while I'm waiting for the police to respond, and
I AM THE FIRST RESPONDER.
Conversely, if I carry a gun, why do I
need to call the police?
Because I'm hoping they will bring
more good guys, more guns, and more ammunition to the fight, and
Because I carry a gun to protect Me,
not You, your chances of surviving a serious social encounter could
be greatly enhanced.
What problem, then, is caused by losing
track of how important law enforcement officers are in our everyday
When we forget what a tough job they
perform (for us), it gets too easy to accept the talking head narrative,
"Most cops are good, but ..."
To what seems to be a growing number of
people, who find it necessary to insert the "but" qualifier in that
sentence, I have 2 questions:
Will you name ANY cops that you know,
who are other than good cops? and
Will you tell me when you, as a law
abiding, concerned citizen, initiated any action to have the bad
In the meantime:
To the law enforcement officers who are
there for me, if I need help, and even to those who have occasionally
been there to remind me that my family will be safer, if I just slow
down to the speed limit: