Good Guys With Guns
Good Guys With Guns
With bullets still flying in Philly, Democrats focus was on gun control. The LEO’s being gunned down was a prop in their narrative. The misguided message highlights that every day, thousands of men and women put on a uniform with the understanding that they may never come home. Good guys with guns, they are vilified and scrutinized by a segment of the public who doesn’t want LEO’s, but can’t behave enough to survive without them.
All LEO’s are good people.
Most LEO’s are good people.
LEO’s risk their lives to make ours safer. They are an essential component in the Justice System, and without them disorder would prevail. They perform their duties under extreme scrutiny, with every split second decision subjected to months long review. The good deeds are expected, while the rare bad deeds are magnified.
The Philly PD recently investigated some posts made by their officers on social media. Reportedly racist, bigoted remarks demeaning the good citizens of Philly.
323 officers participated or commented on the page. Their force is comprised of 6,300 sworn personnel. The department released over 300 disciplinary files of the officers involved in the incident. Of the 323 cited, only 153 have ever had a civilian complaint lodged against them. One officer stands out: According to WHYY,
Of those cited in the latest release, 12th District Officer Marc B. Marchetti tops the list. The patrolman has been named in 16 different civilian complaints since 2015 — about one complaint every three to four months. In that same period, the vast majority of PPD officers received zero or one complaint.”
Officer Marchetti is the purported author of this social media comment, regarding a woman who used a firearm to fend off a home invasion.
“Would have been better to see at least one guy shot in the head”
Ohh. Yeah. It’s completely offensive to state that a person committing a home invasion should be shot in the head. Because criminals have feelings too. But even if we should care that an officer stated something akin to my feelings…. the force is 6,300. Of that number only 323 are involved in the social media incident. Then, of those 323, only 153 have ever been the subject of a complaint.
Someone needs to adjust the undies, because those numbers are crazy low.
“Why are all those Black animals in Philadelphia so disrespectful to the Philly police?”
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— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) August 15, 2019
As the bullets were flying and cops were getting shot, what did the officers of the Philly PD do? They rescued four Black Muslim women from the apartment building where the shooter had staged his standoff. Yes. The officers didn’t look at race, ethnicity, or religion before rushing these citizens to safety. They just saved them. I suspect that after a few well deserved rounds these “Good Guys” will shrug it off as just another day at the office, and prepare to do it all again.
Not all bystanders on the scene were appreciative of the LEO’s presence. Some observers taunted the officers, and threw objects at them. A barricaded criminal was firing a weapon, meanwhile a group of bystanders was taunting the police. These people were taking advantage of a highly charged situation in the hopes of causing an altercation with the officers. Camera at the ready, they were aggressively antagonizing the people standing between them and flying bullets. Explicitly to make the police look bad and go viral.
Yelling, screaming, and throwing things at officers that have PROTECTED YOU for 4 hours during an active shooting? Classy. WTH is wrong with you? #Philadelphia #Philly #phillypd #philadephiapd #philadelphiapolice #phillyshooter #phillyshooting @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/rUBmb65O9x
— Brooke (@BrookelynnML) August 15, 2019
Groups like “Black Lives Matter” view LEO’s as a bad guys. Guys who needlessly hand-cuff people accused of minor infractions. Obviously a traffic stop doesn’t warrant handcuffing the occupants.
Last week CHP Officer Andre Moye Jr. made a routine traffic stop. The driver wasn’t restrained. While Andre was completing impound paperwork in his cruiser, the driver withdrew a rifle and shot him. The driver was a felon, with a long history of incarceration. If anyone should have been restrained during a traffic stop it was this guy. Because the culture is to immediately second guess the LEO, Officer Moye erred on the side of safety. Not safety for his life, but his reputation and career. He leaves behind a wife, and parents.
LEO’s target minority youth. The kids are not criminals.
In June an off duty LAPD LEO was eating dinner at a taco stand. Officer Juan Jose Diaz saw someone tagging a wall, and ordered him to stop. The confrontation ended when the young man returned with a group of friends, claiming membership in a local gang he flashed a gun. As the group was leaving, shots were fired and Juan was killed. His girlfriend watched as he lay dying in the street. He was 24, leaves behind a devastated family and a legacy built on his dream of helping the gang riddled community he escaped.
2016 was the year of unprecedented targeting on LEO’s. Multiple states saw attacks on Law Enforcement Officers. Most notably was the ambush attack in Dallas, Texas. The most LEO lives lost in a single incident since 9/11. In a hate filled rage, the gunman was incited by recent LEO shooting incidents in Missouri and Louisiana. The media hype preceding any investigation led to riots and civil unrest. The gunman specifically target Dallas PD officers, better if they were White. His ambush covered multiple locations, and ultimately killed 5 officers.
These “Good Guys” leave behind children, spouses, siblings, and parents. Their legacy is indicative of most LEO’s. One where serving others comes at the cost of personal sacrifice.
Law Enforcement Officers serve countless roles in society. They fill the cracks in their communities. The kids who have nothing are often the beneficiaries of generous LEO benefactors. Stations hold school supply drives for kids who don’t have necessary supplies. Officers are on the frontlines in communities wracked in violence. For every gang shooting, there is an officer who officially notifies the family. The drunk driver who wipes out a family is arrested by the officer who has kids at home. Every knock on a door has the potential for bad outcomes. Sometimes the officers are delivering life altering news, and sometimes they are serving a warrant on a criminal. Every knock on the door is going to change a life. Day in and day out.
The media rarely reports on the grind of Law Enforcement. It’s not the type of story that drives clicks and revenue. Black Lives Matter doesn’t focus on the officers who sit with kids on the stoop and give them a 10 minute rest from life in a crime riddled neighborhood. Those stories don’t support their agenda.
We can support them. We should support them. Even if it’s just a “hey, thank you.” My son does this all the time. I admit, sometimes it makes me cringe. “Thank You for Your Service” is almost trite in our society. But my sweet 14 year old son still manages to pass along his gratitude to those good guys we meet in our daily travels. Maybe it’s a lesson we can all take to heart. It may offset some of the mass messaging from the MSM and protest groups like BLM. It will absolutely be appreciated by the people who put on a uniform and are “Good Guys With Guns.”