Lessons to be Learned

There were certainly a lot of lessons and takeaways from the 2016 Election, especially for cops. The platform of the liberal Democrat Party was repudiated and refuted in over 3000 counties of the total 3143 counties or parishes in the United States of America.

Americans voted as much against the last 8 years of the Obama Administration as they did for the person of Donald Trump. A vote for Trump was a vote against Hillary Clinton and her continuation and support of the policies of Comrade Barry.

Since his “acted stupidly” comment in 2009, Barack Obama and, by extension, all the agencies controlled by the Executive Branch of government have been waging a war on American cops. From the DOJ “Pattern and Practice” investigations, to White House spokesmen making blanket accusations of systematic racism, to Obama inviting the leaders of Black Lives Matter to D.C. and congratulating them, the Federal government’s war on cops has raged.

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The cost of the Obama War on Police has been dozens of murdered police officers nationwide, innumerable cops persecuted by politically motivated prosecutors, a destruction of morale from top to bottom, good cops leaving the job out of sheer frustration and anger.

And, of course, a greater rift between the people and the police.

Having your Back, Cops

If you wear the polyester uniform and badge, there was indeed a lesson for you on November 8, 2016. The productive, responsible people of the United States are sick and tired of the Obama War on Police. By taking power away from big government Democrats, the people took away most all of their power to wage war on local cops.

A huge number of those who voted to end the war on cops were members of the American Gun Culture, not gun owners, but a Gun Culture. These are the people with permits or in Constitutional Carry States who carry a gun every day.

One member of the Gun Culture just saved the life of a Florida deputy who was being pummeled on I-75. That was not the first time an armed citizen has come to the aid of a police officer in America, and we pray it will not be the last.

 

Us vs. Them

The 2016 Election message could not be more clear for American cops nationwide. It is not big government that has your back. Big government sees local cops as muscle to enforce their edicts on the peasants.

If they need to appease their criminal voting blocks, big government will happily sacrifice local cops on their political altar. Big government Democrats have demonstrated time and again that dead cops are good for their business.

If you cannot see who truly stands behind American law enforcement by now, stop reading and go about your business. However, for the rest of us, I must issue you a serious challenge.

It is beyond time to end the “Us vs. Them” mentality in American law enforcement. I am not talking about Cops vs. Criminals, I am talking about the elitist Us vs the Civilians mentality that is far too prevalent today.

Far too often have I run into cops who have the “Only cops should carry guns.” or “Only cops should be allowed to own that kind of gun.” mentality. All of the “leave it to the professionals” people in law enforcement have completely missed the lesson, and they have aligned themselves with the same group that will feed them to the lions if it will please their minions.

For the last eight years, we have witnessed scenes where cops were not being used as “law enforcement officers” but as “policy enforcement thugs”. Big government loves to use cops as their disposable gestapo to punish the errant peasants.

Eric Garner died while police officers were enforcing the taxation policies of New York City. Garner was not engaged in Malum In Se, but Malum Prohibitum. Never forget this, the moment the spotlight fell on the social Democrat, big government Mayor of NYC, he turned his back on the cops. Cops are disposable assets to big government.

Choice to Make

If you have made law enforcement your chosen career, you have a serious choice to make. Are you going to uphold your oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, the Bill of Rights, and your State Constitution? Will you support the productive, responsible people of your community? Or, will you engage in the Us vs. Them, elitist behavior? Will you allow yourselves to be used as big government muscle, a disposable gestapo that they can throw away and disavow at their leisure?

I’m sure some of you are out there saying, “I’m a cop. I took an oath to protect and serve. You cannot ask me to take sides.” Sure, in a wonderful fairytale land that might be true, but here in the real world you cannot serve two masters.

You can choose to serve and protect the people who have shown you by their actions that they want to have your back. Or, you can choose to align yourself with big government elitists, and pray that you are able to take advantage of the perks that come with selling your soul before they decide to betray you.

Whatever choice you make, know this. America is watching.

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Paul

Founder & President at Student of the Gun
Paul G. Markel has worn many hats during his lifetime. He has been a U.S. Marine, Police Officer, Professional Bodyguard, and Small Arms and Tactics Instructor. Mr. Markel has been writing professionally for law enforcement and firearms periodicals for nearly twenty years with hundreds and hundreds of articles in print. Paul is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows and subject matter expert in firearms training and use of force. Mr. Markel has been teaching safe and effective firearms handling to students young and old for decades and has worked actively with the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Paul holds numerous instructor certifications in multiple disciplines and a Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution; nonetheless, he is and will remain a dedicated Student of the Gun.

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