Monday, August 9, 2010

Law Enforcement

I have been challenged on my blog space about my sporting a gun in a civil scenario. There is a difference between being a victim and being a victor. There is a difference between the average denizen of the state, legal or illegal, and the rest of us.

If you have not experienced this, your time is coming: some criminal will try to do a bad thing to you, and you will not like it. This is the product of living in society. It goes way back to biblical times. When some scumbag wants your money, it’s nothing personal; you just happen to be a convenience to the scumbag.

So, “Who do you call?” as they said in “Ghost Busters.” The immediate problem is that we are not there on the scene to stop the bad guy. We have tried it, and it is not possible. The next best thing is for you to call 911. We respond, but it may take time. Usually it is too late to stop a bad situation, but we are there eventually to mop up the scene.

We, the police, are here to show presence, and to some extent deter crime. But we cannot prevent crime. Some people resent our presence, but that is their problem. The best we can do is to catch the perpetrator after the crime and turn him over to the courts for just disposition.

If you never do anything that would justify someone calling 911, then you should consider us the good guys, for we don’t go looking for schmucks to arrest even when they deserve incarceration. We serve legal warrants rightfully issued by judges. If you are an average citizen, and we don't catch you in a crive, you have nothing to fear from us. You should actually feel good seeing us and be around us. We serve and we protect you. On the other hand, if you are a criminal, we will get you, and we don’t care how you feel about us. This is not politically correct, but we really don’t give a shit. We will see you in handcuffs. Then you can deal with Bubba who wants to explore your nether regions during the lights-off hours. It comes with your chosen territory.


appy said...

You are a good cop. But do all cops have the same attitude as you?

In Holland several convicted people were freed after several years of imprisonment in a new trial. Police at best had been suffering from tube vision or had neglected evidence and the judges didn't ask further.

But I like to stick to the old slogan when I was a kid (65 years ago): Police are your best friends.

Susan's Pet said...

Not all cops have the same attitude. We also get tired and make mistakes. By the way I retired a while ago, so now I have a lot of time to think about these issues.

OnHerKnee said...

The Supreme Court of The United States recently affirmed the natural right of the individual for self defense.

This, in the wake of previous decisions that the police do NOT have a duty to protect an individual, but the community as a whole.

Accepting responsibility for your own safety and the ones you love is not something to be taken lightly, yet far better than assuming someone else will always be there in time to do it for you.

Far too often first responders can only call the coroner and tell them how many bags to bring.

There are many of us who support you and your previous profession yet have no false beliefs in the Police being able to swoop to every situation like some sort of imaginary super hero.

Sometimes help can only be there in minutes, when seconds count.

appy said...

"By the way I retired a while ago, so now I have a lot of time to think about these issues."

So now you have more time to serve your wife? :)