Washington Post Insists: Private Gun Ownership Makes Police Less Safe

By AWR Hawkins

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Washington Post Insists: Private Gun Ownership Makes Police Less Safe
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Washington DC – -(Ammoland.com)-  On December 22 2014, The Washington Post (WaPo) claimed private gun ownership makes police less safe.

With this assertion, the WaPo joined other reactionaries–like the NAACP and Everytown for Gun Control –who have politicized the heinous attack on two NYPD officers for their own gun control purposes.

According to the WaPo, “Today we should be talking about … guns not simply because one was used Saturday in the shooting deaths of two police officers, but because guns underlie the very tension between police and communities in America that voices saner than Brinsley [the gunman] have been trying to resolve.”

The WaPo expounded:

Guns change the equation in so many ways. They make it harder for police to retreat, and more likely that a stand-off that might have been resolved peacefully will escalate. They make it harder for police to give suspects the benefit of the doubt, and more likely that a suspected criminal may not deserve it. They make it easier for a mentally ill man to forever alter two families’ lives in the name of “revenge.”

Note that there was no mention of the fact that in U.S. cities with the highest levels of gun control –Chicago, for instance– guns are used criminally every day.

That is because gun control ensures that criminals are the only ones with access to firearms. Gun control literally empowers criminals.

The WaPo wants readers to believe the NYPD executions were not a reflection on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s abandonment of his own police department, nor were they the result of the recent marches held by social agitators bent on keeping tensions alive in the wake of the Ferguson and Eric Garner grand jury decisions. No, the problem is that Americans have owned guns for 225 years. (The Second Amendment was ratified in 1791).

The WaPo explained:

“After the killing of New York police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos over the weekend, it feels perhaps more satisfying to place the blame elsewhere: like protesters who’ve cried for better police policing … [or] public officials who’ve acknowledged that the protesters’ grievances are valid. But both claims deflect attention toward a vague culprit–“anti-police rhetoric”–and away from a more concrete and systematic one: the ever-presence and easy availability of guns.”

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About:
AWR Hawkins writes for all the BIG sites, for Pajamas Media, for RedCounty.com, for Townhall.com and now AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

His southern drawl is frequently heard discussing his take on current events on radio shows like America’s Morning News, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, the Ken Pittman Show, and the NRA’s Cam & Company, among others. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (summer 2010), and he holds a PhD in military history from Texas Tech University.

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OTS Preparedness
OTS Preparedness
6 years ago

Obviously they don’t have a clue and don’t pay attention to real world statistics.

John Watson
John Watson
6 years ago

The bloody fool from Washington Post who wrote this piece of crap forgot to add that armed cops make everybody dangerously unsafe.

desertspeaks
desertspeaks
6 years ago

Apparently, the washington post is IGNORANT that the courts, inclusive of the supreme court have consistently ruled that the government “ie police” can abrogate their mandate to protect the individual. The quote of the court is as follows; The police have no duty to protect the individual”
Since the government has facilitated the abrogation of their ONLY DUTY, they are no longer necessary! disarm and disband the standing army known as the police!

legal eagle
legal eagle
6 years ago

And armed police going around killing unarmed citizens is just fine and dandy ? Of course the Washing Post is being traitorous in these comments as the US Constitution is clear about it in the second amendment. What will make police safer is their stopping criminal behavior that has fostered an atmosphere of hate. They created it by their own actions, and now fear an armed public ? I suppose if I had done the things these cops have done I would be a little nervous about retaliation as well, but I haven’t and don’t and I don’t worry about… Read more »

Tom Ness
Tom Ness
6 years ago

Here’s what my Great Uncle Harry (1872-1961) had to say about private gun ownership: “Well, I will tell you some of my experience as a policeman in Genesco, Illinois, a little town of about four thousand population. It was badly over run with crime of different kinds, till the city dads were very much perplexed with the problem. They were being committed in all parts of the town and against all different kinds of people. I told the mayor that I would like to try an experiment with his town. “Well, anything goes,” he said, “if it will help.” I… Read more »

jon
jon
6 years ago

It might be true that the guns make cops less safe, but it sure does protect the citizens against the government. Maybe the cops should stop violating peoples rights.

jon
jon
6 years ago

That statement might be in fact true, but a more important fact is that guns make the people safer from the government.

dachu3
dachu3
6 years ago

so now it’s the gun fault, not the perp’s fault… Is that right, Bilderberg’s WaPo?

Ed Ski
Ed Ski
6 years ago

it is a matter of opinion that cops are less safe when citizens are armed. it is a matter of fact that citizens are more safe when they are armed. who is more important- the police, or the citizens.
without citizens there are no jobs for police. apparently the washington post thinks police are more important than citizens. clearly a logical fallacy.

Ed Ski
Ed Ski
6 years ago

first- the washington post makes america less safe by propaganda, outright lies and fascist cheerleading. second, cop safety does not trump citizen safety. this is a false narrative- a lame excuse for police crime- i felt threatened. these guys applied for a job to protect us- yet they claim their safety is more important than ours? WTF? absolutely not. they are paid good wages to ensure that our safety is paramount, and instead they choose to ignore their oath of office, and their job description and pretend that they feel threatened by homeless, unarmed women and children so they can… Read more »

Dave
Dave
6 years ago

Maybe it’s true that private guns makes cops less safe, so would throwing us all into dungeons would make cops really safe, but that doesn’t mean we should do it.
I’ll keep my guns no matter what any man, cop or kings says.

Pist-Off
Pist-Off
6 years ago

One only needs to see who owns this rag, and the motive behind this article.

john Carr
john Carr
6 years ago

Another good reason to tell the Washington Post to kiss your butt.

Darren
Darren
6 years ago

The WaPo editorial makes a good point that an armed people will come into conflict with an armed govt. In this WaPo joins with conservatives in supporting having a powerfully armed govt. The answer to the problem is to disarm the govt by shutting down police depts. They’ve failed to protect us anyway. Matter of fact, police drive crime up by making possible the war on drugs. Meanwhile, their laziness, incompetence, & corruption let criminals get away with many crimes. We had less crime before the introduction of policing as we know it today.

Herb
Herb
6 years ago

I say to the liberal BS WaPO,: What a crock!! Let’s hear it for a mentally ill scumbag who is so sick in the head that he hops a bus from Baltimore to NYC to kill some cops. He could have just as easily stolen a car once his sick mind got to NYC and broadsided a police cruiser then attacked whomever was inside with a shovel or baseball bat. Yes, guns are a game changer – they are used by the law-abiding to protect themselves from the thugs and drug users like Treyvon Martin and Michael Brown. Oh yeah,… Read more »

The Outlaw
The Outlaw
6 years ago
Reply to  Herb

Right on Herb. I agree 110%. Gotta’ have more babies too get a bigger check who cares if they are only a way to a bigger income so they can buy 20’s for the Escalade 40’s to chug and drugs, drugs, drugs, on that free welfare money check.

Eric
Eric
6 years ago

Only with the ignorant mindset that everyone with a firearm is a criminal and that the police will protect you during an altercation involving criminals.
Wake up Washington readers , only you will protect you.