Anti-Gun Top Cops Epitomize Oath-Breaking ‘Only Ones’

By David Codrea

As long as you talk to the politically-dependent elites, yeah. Rank and file not so much. And you'll note they aren't squawking about “cops only” nationwide carry enabled through LEOSA.
David Codrea in his natural habitat.

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- “We're trying as best we can as a law enforcement community to make it work so that citizens can express their 2nd Amendment rights,” former Dallas Police Chief David Brown said almost a year ago in response to armed protesters. “But it’s increasingly challenging when people have AR-15s slung over their shoulder and they’re in a crowd. We don’t know who the good guy is versus the bad guy when everyone starts shooting.”

That’s easy, Chief Brown. The bad guy is the person shooting innocents. Time was Texas cops didn’t have a problem distinguishing who needed to be stopped (and who was helping them stop him) when college students retrieved their rifles and pinned down the UT Austin sniper. And if not being in uniform is too much for his guys to handle, they’re endangering the lives not just of citizens, but of plainclothes police and state and federal agents who may be at a breaking violence scene.

So it’s not just “open carry” Brown opposes, but ALL carry if it means guns may have to be pulled in public. And you can bet – since he brought it up — the thought of We the People having AR-15s doesn’t swell his heart with pride to be a free American.

It sounds like some severe remedial training is in order for the troops, particularly as it relates to the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Either that or Brown's statement is more of the typical big “but” equivocation we hear from gun-grabbers who assure us they “believe in the Second Amendment” and then immediately start listing all the ways they’re on board with evisceration plots.

It’s the kind of weasel-wording that doesn’t surprise some of us when we hear it coming from a relatively recent Astroturf “group,” the Law Enforcement Coalition for Common Sense. That's a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mark Kelly’s and Gun-Grabby Gabby Gifford’s Opposite Day “Americans for Common Sense.” The LE contingent is focused (for now) on stopping nationwide recognition of the right to bear arms and maintaining restrictions on hearing protection. The larger group they’re willingly part of has a larger agenda that includes ending private sales, imposing prior restraints without due process, and using government tax plunder to fund citizen disarmament agenda propaganda masked as “science.”

And that, of course, will be called “a good first step” if they ever take it. New goals will be added as old “common sense” ones prove futile.  It’s what “they” do.

There’s an interesting rogue’s gallery of LEOs lending their names to the subversion. Two that stand out for me because of past reporting:

Never go full B. Todd.
  • B. Todd Jones, the guy put in charge of ATF because Democrats complained the Bureau suffered without a full-time director. Basically all he did was take point on the stonewalling of Operation Fast and Furious “gunwalking” investigations and ensured those responsible skated before deploying his golden parachute and taking a cushy job at NFL.
  • Charles Ramsey, late of the Philadelphia Police Department, who never did get face the consequences you or I would have for misdemeanor and felony violations of Pennsylvania's Uniform Firearms Act. Attorney Joshua Prince noted Ramsey “has openly carried a firearm in the city of Philadelphia but is neither a certified police officer, nor does he have a license to carry firearms. Furthermore, he wears a uniform and displays a badge, but is not a certified police officer, in violation of Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Program.”

Professional courtesy, you see. These elite establishment LEOs are the epitome of “Only Ones,” those who presume themselves to be trustworthy and competent enough to carry guns. As opposed to the rest of us who are not part of the club…

For those new to the term, it’s something I’ve been using for years, not to bash all cops, but to illustrate when those of official status, rank or privilege, both in law enforcement and in some other government position, get special breaks not available to we commoners, particularly (but not exclusively) when they’re involved in gun-related incidents. It had its genesis in a video of a DEA agent telling a roomful of school children he was “the only one … professional enough” to carry a gun,” and who then shot himself in the foot trying to holster his weapon:

The other thing these “top cops” for citizen disarmament are is even more insidious. Per Article VI. of “the Supreme Law of the Land”:

“[A]ll executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution;”

That makes every damn one of them self-serving liars and Oath Breakers, as opposed to Oath Keepers.

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

  • 35 thoughts on “Anti-Gun Top Cops Epitomize Oath-Breaking ‘Only Ones’

    1. at Heed,
      Officers also are NOT pressured to make ANY statement on the spot until all the adrenalin has left their system usually a day or 2 after. Sort of a professional reflexive expected courtesy. Especially if a few fuzzy details need a lot of “clarification”. And the qualifying narrative “for the record” can fit BETTER. Even with questionable “circumstances”. Becuz dead citizens (perps) do tell NO tales.
      One more thing. After a lot of questionable shoots THAT if the shooter had NOT had a badge that without it as a get out of jail free card-the shooter would have been arrested but got the expected pass instead. Some are more equal than others.
      I’m NOT against police. I’m just dead set against the GLARING double standard!

    2. Please give specific examples of ‘special breaks’ law enforcement officers receive when they are involved in gun-related incidents.

      1. Clark, here’s just a few: police officers don’t get frisked by other arriving officers; they get put on administrative leave, instead of being arrested; they get taxpayer paid legal help.

    3. We all know the Second Amendment, some know the Tenth, some know “full faith and credit” but few seem to have remembered the Fourteenth Amendment which includes this important provision…
      “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; …”
      So California laws, New York laws, New Jersey, Hawaii, maybe even some laws in even mostly pro-gun states may be afoul of the Fourteenth Amendment.
      That is Section 1. Section 5 says this…
      “Section 5.

      The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.”

      .

    4. “But it’s increasingly challenging when people have AR-15s slung over their shoulder and they’re in a crowd. We don’t know who the good guy is versus the bad guy when everyone starts shooting.”

      What is interesting about this line of thinking is that gun control types used this logic in the 90s to oppose conceal carry laws. I remember hearing over and over how there would be wild shootouts with the cops and armed citizens confused with armed criminals – not to mention giant increases in murder levels. Of course, the gun banners were completely proven wrong and like to pretend this era of history from politicians, gun banner groups, and the media being totally humiliated never happened.

    5. to tomcat,
      I REALLY do ATTEMT to contribute to the discussion and can and WILL defend the 2nd Amendment incessantly against all naysayers with dear gil and his treasonous crew permanently included. No sin by silence!
      But the political correctness “approval” is getting a bit OLD. My track record speaks for itself. I’m not going to tolerate a babysitter parked on my keyboard for ammoland. Unnessasary.
      Since my time is MOST valuable and there is only so much of it to go around, it is aparrent that Ammoland needs all of me and THEN all of us for the numbers. And all AGAIN for advertising revenue.
      I do NOT “need” ammoland at all. There are many other sites that could appreciate me and us as grown ups even more so.
      Kindly, without all the moderation PC krud. Again, unnessasary.
      Once my boycott begins, it IS permanent. Without remorse.
      So, once I’m gone….I’m REALLY Gone.
      To the “moderator” in new joisy- Thank God I’m in Texas! And ALWAYS WILL BE!
      When it happens……the door won’t touch me on the backside on the way OUT. And mostly my GOOD RIDDANCE!
      And I’m getting closer to a boycott implementation. And all y’all can have it!
      And the “moderator” and gil can run the ammoland show for the VPC unopposed. Sad, but so be it!

        1. Well then gil,
          it’s miller time for you to go “postal” since that is all you can think about. And no matter how fast u are, there is ALWAYS someone out there that is just a wee bit Quicker. So gil, get started. Put up or SHUT UP.

      1. And you aren’t the only one. I posted a comment, first thing regarding an encounter I had with a First Vice President of the International Association Of Chiefs Of Police. It got dumped for moderation yet again.

        1. At Vanns
          Well seems gil has NO problem with its asinine thoughts as demonstrated by lack of executive function. But a comment that is appropriate for the article as you suggested above is subject to undue scruitny. Mostly once a track record is established, there is no rationalization or reason to have a babysitter watching ur keyboard. No logic for treating you or me like 1st graders. Except for bottom feeders like gil and the VPC entourage.

      2. DJ get use to it if you want to post on this site. Only the chosen few are priveliged to say what ever they want to. I take my time to write a post and they have to moderate it or post it and delete it a short time later. I do not expect anything more from a bunch with a new jersey address. It has turned into an advertising site anyway. Bad way to treat people. Twitter is much better and you can gain more information.

    6. Let us not forget Phil King, who deep sixed TX HB 375( google: tx hb 1935 2017) (Calling for permitless handgun carry) and took so long to get alternative bill HB hb1911) before Calendars it effectively died in committee in the Texas State Legislature. This former Fort Worth police Captain Is the Chairman of the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee. LEO organizations in Texas opposed Constitutional carry and have resisted legislation to block them from engaging in racial profiling of people of Color (Black and Brown) carrying handguns openly. Opposition by top LEO organizations in Texas is part of the reason Permitless Carry (neither bill was true Constitutional Carry.) failed in Texas’ 85th Legislature. It is worth noting that top cops are not noted for their affection for the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendment.
      Perhaps they should be prosecuted for taking false oaths.

      1. If you read your state constitution you will find out that yes it is in fact a violation of law to be a neglect of one south of office whether appointed or elected but only the typical citizen who calls that official on it has the power to induce investigation by grand jury if the citizen doesn’t get off the rest you start the process the grand jury is powerless to investigate and move forward with charges.

    7. I wonder if this clown is aware that his former boss, the Attorney General of the State of Texas, signed a letter last fall specificallly declaring that the State of Texas will honour the Mother May I Card issued by MY state of residence, making my right to carry in Texas the same as I do at home and several other neighbouring states. I took full advantage of that last winter when I spent a few weeks there. So HIS own state government seems to think rather different;y than does he.

      Which leads me to posit that this guy is either utterly morally corrupt, or a paid shill.

      Whoi is it, one of our Founding Fathers, made the comment that the tree of liberty needs watering from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. I’ll leave it to these readers here to figure out which category includes HIM.

      I’d also put the name of Cathy Lanier on the same plank…. and that ugly-hearted mayoress of Baltimore during the time of the riots.

    8. “We don’t know who the good guy is versus the bad guy…”

      Easy, just assume, as you always do, that everyone who isn’t YOU, or a member of your Gang, is a bad guy. That is what you have ben doing all along. Carry on.

    9. How to identify the “killer in the crowd” begins with the need to engage brain. The active killer is probably wearing all black with their face covered. They probably are hip shooting and display zero target discrimination.
      Since this means that profiling is part of target identification and profiling is a “bad word” among political administrators, they would be unable to identify a threat, ever.
      I hope that National Reciprocity becomes law before Fall. There are some good bills. President Trump wants it, I want it.
      Street cops who learn to identify drunk drivers or gang members will be able to recognize the killer from the defendeer.

      1. “former Dallas Police Chief David Brown said almost a year ago in response to armed protesters. “But it’s increasingly challenging when people have AR-15s slung over their shoulder and they’re in a crowd. We don’t know who the good guy is versus the bad guy when everyone starts shooting.””

        My comment was just to show the silliness of the no-carry position

        1. and you poked some grat fun at one aspect of it singled out by this perjuring oath breaker. He is also oposed to any sort of national reciprocity being enacted. Whicn means that when I travel into other states, the “ful faith and credit” clause of the Supreme Law of the Land this dirtbag SWORE to uphold is stolen from me. Nostate denies me thepriviledge of driving my car across their dirt. But to carry my handgun on my hip as I do so, a RIGHT clearly named and protected for me, they suddenly take up the position that “it doesn’t apply, our silly illegal rules trump the Constitution so we’ll put you in jail for doing what you freely do at home with no problem.

        2. @Jim, Well, policing is safe and easy in a police state. Apparently citizen Brown would like his job to be easier.

          1. Be mindful that it was primarily “police units” that rounded up most of Jews that were shipped off the Concentration Camps, not the Gestapo, not the SS and not the Wehrmacht; although a few such units were used on occasion. But, it makes sense that an armed Jew would have made the Nazi Cop’s job and the Holocaust whole lot costlier. Is an armed citizenry useful? Just look at Switzerland. Hitler ordered his General Staff to create, at least, a dozen separate invasion plans of Switzerland. Hitler hated Switzerland intensely, to quote Hitler, “Switzerland possessed the most disgusting and miserable people and political system. The Swiss were the mortal enemies of the new Germany.” But, in the end, the armed Swiss citizenry stopped Hitler in his tracks.

            1. Really? Last time I looked the Nazis did their banking with the Swiss. By said reasoning the Nazis knew their gold was in safe hands.

            2. @Silence you are correct and as usual Gil is twisting history. If Hitler could have conquered Switzerland, the Swiss would have done Hitler’s banking and money laundering for free. Because the Swiss could straight arm Adolf, they charged the Germans a fortune.

            3. hey gil,
              Rewriting history can’t work out too well for you. Even when u hope so hard.
              FYI, gil, Hitler has teritiary syphilis and even as insane as he WAS, there was no invasion of the Swiss becz of their fierce neutrality right in the middle of WW2. So his war machine went around them instead.
              Also just for you gil, that there was a citizens militia requirement back then for all able bodied males in their homes to have their machine guns ready to go at a moments notice. I dare say, crime was exceedingly low.
              Yep, hitler was MAJOR insane but NOT gil stoopid.

            4. @dj, Gil is as poor a physician as he is a poor historian. Gil prescribes “brain medication” (what ever that is) for lack of typing skills. We all make typos. (note to secretary: put invective insult that rhymes with gil, here.)

    10. Some are more “equal” than others. And they use the badge like a little kid hiding behind the dress of their momma. If all these holier than thou s had to go unarmed – literally naked – like the rest of us, without a freebie pass badge, THEN the attitudes WOULD change.
      The allowance for “retired” and ” special privileged” just BECUZ a badge is or was involved is the height of flaming hypocrisy.
      And the truly sad circumstances demonstrated of all these police brass is that they no longer percieve their own deception but casually present bald faced lies with traitorous sincerity.

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