‘To Protect And To Serve’…Whom?
Who are our police officers loyal to?
As with any large group, which is by the nature of it’s size means that you will get a diversity of opinions and thinking, that question is not easily answered.
But we can, based on our knowledge of how people in general act when in certain situations, make some educated guesses.
There is a certain type of policeman – Britain is rife with them, as are many of our own big cities – who is really just a bureaucrat in uniform, more concerned with making his own life easier than in living up to the sometimes difficult, messy challenges of upholding the law in a genuinely free society – after all, a society that is cowed is easier to police, and there is no population more cowed than one that is disarmed. Not all policemen – perhaps only a minority – share [San Diego Police Chief William] Landsdowne’s smug, self-serving attitude. But it’s a factor that has to be borne in mind in case the left’s gun-control mania ever gets real traction.
Beware of police chiefs in blue areas of the country. Most of them have made their way to the top by being astute politicians – being able to ‘play the game’. They have compromised any beliefs in order to obatin their position of power because they have decided that power is more important than Virtue. And they known that power resides with those who are armed. So they seek to disarm those who would lessen their power. Approach these policemen with a very cynical eye.
Long-time Paco reader RebeccaH expresses it more simply:
Fortunately, rank and file police do not often share the so-called views of their administrators (who mostly rise to the top through shameless ass-kissing). And there’s nobody more shameless nor a bigger ass-kisser than whoever occupies the top spot in LA (unless they’re based in Chicago).
However, there are many police officers who do possess Virtue.
-From NBCDFW-5, Kevin Cokely reporting, we learn that Collin County Sheriff Terry Box of Texas is one of the virtuous:
In light of recent events I feel I need to make a public statement of my views on this subject. As the Sheriff of Collin County, Texas, I have for the past 28 years served to protect and keep safe all citizens of our county, recognizing the trust placed in me with this profoundly important responsibility.
Unfortunately, the recent surge in the numbers of innocent victims who have died at the hands of unstable criminals has prompted politicians in Washington to seek to pass laws that would seriously erode the constitutional rights of innocent and law abiding citizens.
Neither I, nor any of my deputies, will participate in the enforcement of laws that violate our precious constitutional rights, including our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
As long as I remain Sheriff of Collin County, I will not participate in the actions of misguided politicians who seek to impede our citizen’s right to all of the privileges afforded by our Constitution.
Terry G. Box
Sheriff, Collin County Texas
-From KMOX St. Louis, we learn:
JOHNSON COUNTY, Mo (KMOX) – As President Barack Obama continues to push gun control proposals in Washington D.C., Sheriff Charles M. Heiss, R-Johnson County is asking fellow law enforcers to sign and send this letter to the president.
The letter expresses concern with the Obama administration and the president’s gun control laws he laid out before Congress last week.
“It appears to me and many Americans that there is a genuine desire on the part of your administration to restrict the Second Amendment rights of law abiding American citizens in the interest of curbing gun violence in our nation,” Heiss wrote. “Any attempt to restrict these Second Amendment rights through executive order is unconstitutional and tantamount to an all-out assault on the United States Constitution.”
In the letter Heiss tells the president that he has a duty to protect his constituents from incidents of crime, and has the responsibility to protect and preserve their rights and liberties.
Newly elected Sheriff Michael Dixon, R-Osage County is one of about a dozen sheriffs in Missouri to have signed and sent Heiss’ letter.
“On the same day the President is taking his oath to uphold the Constitution, he continues to attack our 2nd Amendment rights,” Dixon said. “As Osage County Sheriff, I also took an Oath to the Constitution; but unlike Obama, I intend to uphold mine.”
Dixon also announced his support of Missouri house bill (HB 170). The bill, introduced last week, would make criminals of any law enforcement official, local, state or federal, who tried to enforce any of President Obama’s gun control initiatives, whether executive orders or passed by Congress.
“President Obama should quit his attempts to take guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens and instead focus on stopping the criminals that will get them no matter what. It is imperative we strengthen the penalty for criminals who use weapons in the commission of a crime or to cause bodily harm.”
Dixon said his office will not enforce any gun control proposals that Obama passes if they violate the Constitution and points to gun control efforts and crime statistics as proof gun bans do not work.
“The President comes from Chicago, the city with the strictest gun laws and worst gun violence in the country. It has been proven time and time again that taking guns from law abiding citizens only emboldens thugs, thieves, and rapists, not stop them from committing crimes,” Dixon said.
God bless these peace officers and the people of ‘flyover country’.
Tip of the fedora to the Drudge Report for these two reports.
Be on watch.