By David Codrea
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:
- 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.