Joe, thanks for sharing that. But I will respectfully disagree on a couple points. We do not need that "hard blue shell" and to say otherwise discounts how America ever survived before the police departments were formed. I need nothing else besides the ability to protect myself and a society/government that not only recognizes that right, but guarantees it. There is nothing in the Constitution guaranteeing a police force for our protection and the thought would havebeen thenas today, unheard of.
As we've discussed so many times on here as of late, the police have no moral obligation to protect life. None. Only to uphold the law. And many leo's here, as have many members, said they won't
put themselves in harm's way to save an innocent "victim" because they just don't really know how "innocent" you really are and that their own lives are worth more than yours. To them.
People tend to over-emotionalize events such as these and take everything personal. Emotional responses are easy because they just happen and you react. No thought required!But logical reasoning takes effort and time. Many just don't know how and for others,it's just not worth the effort. But I say nothing is worth more effort! Here's an example:
If you were atthe scene of a crime or even a target of the criminal and your life was saved because a LEO went after the bad guy,they weren't protecting "you", they were just doing their job.Had you not been there,the LEO would have still gone after the criminal just the same because THAT IS their job! Their actions being equal, the protection of an individual that just happens to be there is incidental and therefore not part of the equation!
There ARE those that do take their oaths seriously and live lives of honorand some that have laid down their lives down for their fellow man. Not because it was their job to do it, butbecause it was the right thing to do. They are the heroes and the TRUE SHEEP DOGS. I submitthat is not because of the uniform or badge they wore, rather the type of person that they were long before ever donning the uniform. Any uniform.
I cannot honor anything that is merely incidental and played off as intentional for the sake of looking like the protectors and heroes of our society. The true heroes are in the Veterans Cemeteries both here and overseas.
It's nothing personal...it's all business.