This article is for my fellow law enforcement officers, retired, former, and current active duty. It is for the first responders and military personnel out there who feel the same way the police feel. There is a need for all of us because the ordinary person is not willing, able, or capable of taking care of the problems faced by society themselves. It takes a special breed of person to get up, put on a uniform knowing you are hated and at the same time, wanted and ridiculed regardless of the outcome, good or bad! Every city in America and indeed the world, is on fire right now in our world's history. Never before have we as a species been at a precipice like we are right now. As a profession, law enforcement often wonders if people realize what we do to ourselves. Only man is capable of hurting each other for no reason other than it makes us feel good or better about ourselves.
There have been many debates over the years for and against gun control and repealing or changing the second Amendment. Sure, most of them make valid sense. In fact, if you stop and think about it, 99.9 percent of the arguments make sense. There is just one thing that is being forgotten in all of the debating and political grandstanding. The second Amendment was never about gun rights. It was never meant to be for the total approval or disapproval of weapons types. It was, however, meant to be a deterrent to future leaders to not try to mess with the people. You see the second Amendment was never meant to be used as an all or nothing solution to an issue. It was always meant to be used to tell our elected leaders to watch themselves because the people are in charge and they can, and will keep you in check.
When I sat down to write this, I tried to think of the many angles to take. I am bipolar and have ADD and I deal with other issues. When my daughter was diagnosed with extreme anxiety, and my son as high functioning autism and ADHD, I admit I jumped on the pity train and tried to make it all about me. What did I do to make my children not "normal"? Why do my kids have to suffer like me? A slew of other things went through my head, but I finally realized, they are perfectly normal, and so am I.
There were two horrific shootings within 19 hours of each other this weekend. This is a tragedy and no one should have to endure this in their lifetimes. The fact that the media and the left are trying to get you to think this is an "alt-right" radicalist. The problem is they have only told you the bits and pieces that further their agendas. The question that should be asked is why are there only excerpts from the note being read on the news? Now once more let me state, I am neither left nor right. I am unaffiliated and I am more than capable of making up my mind. That being said sure I lean more right of center than left of center, but the fact remains I can make up my mind for myself.
Social Media has become a platform that most of us around the world have come to rely on for everyday news, and communication. The good news is it is effective at that goal. The bad news is, it is effective at that goal. I'll explain, there was once a time when we had to communicate at least over the phone, so we could hear what the other person was saying, or even better, face to face. Now, we can have conversations all over the world, and never have to physically know who we are talking to. Great right!? Wrong! People have become overly bold and they have no idea how to interact with real people anymore.
Allow me to start by clarifying my expertise in this matter. I am a former police officer and a medical professional. I have degrees in criminal psychology, criminal justice, emergency management, and public administration. I own a security, preparedness, and safety consulting and contracting firm. I specialize in mass shootings for schools and hospital, and medical facility and large complex safety. That being said, I have noticed there are some places that are not eager to seek the services and or training needed to make themselves better served to protect their students, patients, and patrons. They all share the common thought, that it can't happen to them. Unfortunately, we live in a time when there are no more impossibilities.