I have been on here a while now and I keep seeingcops portrayed as having an "us vs them" mentality.
In everything we do there are always two sides where you can create an us vs them concept. The employee and the boss or even the parent and the child...
So now we can add the police vs everyone.
The police do have a "us vs them" mentality... but this is when it comes to criminals
!! We all played cops and robbers, right? Who plays cops and citizens?
Often times the cop may talk to you when he sees you doing something odd. The cop is fishing and that is his job! He is paid to go find criminals hidden in a sea of law abiding citizens. He is out there trying to find the bad guy so that the law abiding citizens can enjoy life.
Sure.... OCing is not a crime! But some cops find it odd and they feel compelled to approach for whatever their reason. Once they have been exposed a few times and met the citizen with gun.... they will get accustomed to the idea. They will knowthat citizens can and do carry guns in states that allow it and do so for protection.
Some people do not carry a gun for lawful purposes... and most criminals do not carry openly in a holster. But this does not mean they can't or don't. Everything legal can be exploited.
Cops are not out "looking for OCers" just so they can go mess with them. Most members on here have reported they had NEVER been approached by a cop who saw they were armed.
When the OCer gets an attitude with the cop and starts spouting off "I do not consent to xxx" it does not put that OCer in a positive light. If this is the cops first exposure... the copwill see every OCer as "a guy with an attitude and something to prove" instead of "a honest citizen just wanting to have some protection."
IMHO....Thisattitudeis one of the the biggest downfalls of the OC movement. You should be fostering cooperation and understanding and not viewing thecop as the enemy assoon as he or she walks up.
The OCer immediately goes intous vs cops
and prepares for the encounter. There are even threads on this here where it is discussed how to prepare and what to do.
You are not
breaking the law.... so what do you have to fear except a false arrest? If that is going to happen.... your silence, refusal, or attitudeis not
going to stop it. If it happens... you know you can sue the department and win.
So there is CLEARLY a "us vs them".... and it is the OCers vs cops at work here.
By all rights... cops are suspicious of everybody. Not that they thinkevery person is a criminal.... buta cop needs to be this way so he does not become complacent and open the door for him to be harmed unexpectedly.
This is not cops vs citizens at all..... norseeingcitizens as criminals. It is self protection at work and even OCers do it as they go out wearing 3 and 4 magazines and sometimes two handguns!
So now we could also have OCers vs citizens
since OCers carry for self defense against other citizens who could cause them harm.
So to sum it all up....
Cops are not out to get anyone but those that may be criminals.
So there really is no Cops vs Citizens.... it is actually OCers vs cops as is proven on this board.
: The views and opinions expressed hereare my own anddo not representmy family, friends, or my employer in any manner.