Who Protects The Protectors?
The decades long deterioration
of social mores and standards and the every increasing rancor of political
discourse has had an inevitable result in America. The phenomenon and compilation
of a myriad array of unfolding social and political trends was pristinely
showcased in the accomplishment of the 2000 Presidential elections. Pundits
of every stripe decried the "nation divided" and the "polarization" of American
politics and society. Indeed, for those who watch closely the underground
social milieu of political course and thought, this nation teeters closer
than it ever has on the brink of civil war. Beneath the thin veneer of "normalcy"
presented to American society by the mainstream press and broadcast media;
the ruling elite; the roiling anger of the commonwealth threatened to reach
In the midst of this furious
storm, the realm of professional law enforcement, especially represented
in the Local LE agency, found themselves more than ever before increasingly
isolated and pressed in to the corner. An exclusive class of people bearing
the complex and intricate task of pure objectivity and impartiality in the
execution of their duties, they were, and still are, under extreme attack,
from all quarters.
From the extremist Liberal
left, those proponents of big government ideologies, unconstitutional usurpations
of Federal power, and the subjugation of the individuals freedoms and
God given rights to the "state," this political order carries on a protracted
campaign to attack, discredit, and demonize, the Local LE agency in their
bid to undermine the publics trust in local law enforcement control,
thereby justifying their demands for Federal intervention and
Then from within the realm
of the right-wing, and further out on their perimeters, the fringe elements
of this following engages in their own prolonged campaign against the cops--this
from a "conservative" group who customarily is supportive of law enforcement
and civilian society peacekeeping; yet really they are chaffing under the
repercussions of their own apathy, complacency, and careless living. From
engaging in the same demonizing and slander techniques utilized by their
liberal left counterparts, they also have fallen into exploiting the LE
community, whipping up peoples irrational fears and emotions against
them. High profile LE events (orchestrated and inflamed by ratings mad media
outlets and self-appointed community leaders of every stripe) are capitalized
on to further their assorted varied arguments; ultimately employed to increase
memberships, subscriptions, and financial gains for their respective
organizations and "rights" groups. Especially concerning our Second Amendment
rights. Prejudicial, biased, inflammatory speech and writing is everywhere
and the order of the day. Simply irrational fear-mongering as the Conservative
community falls blindly into the Liberal trap. But hey, it works. The end
results and current status quo is evidence of that.
Its easy to target
the cops. Especially when it comes to politics. Especially when it comes
to civilian gun ownership and the Second Amendment. Even though retired Police
officer Leroy Pyle eloquently addressed the taboo subject of gun confiscation
in his commentary, "Just Following Orders," in his plea to the 2nd Amendment
community and the nation to not ignore the root causes of why we are where
we are today, he was largely derided and ignored by his civilian listeners.
Why? People would much rather "cling to their fears and preconceived notions
like a life raft," as one officer put it. Indeed, the idea being unacceptable
of losing the convenience of the law enforcement "whipping boy" to deflect
the responsibility of our own actions to another. Even more, losing such
a lucrative cash cow for the Second Amendment community a proposition too
costly to entertain.
So the men and women of
professional law enforcement are squarely caught right in the middle. Especially
the vast majority of pro-Second Amendment cops, the majority in law enforcement,
those who serve on the streets and daily see the bloody results of a disarmed
society. The LE community stands in the middle of this "nation divided,"
to keep these two warring factions from achieving the inevitable result (or
underlying motive?) of their respective campaigns: Killing each
Its easy to demonize
the cops. They stand in the valley and keep the bloodthirsty combatants apart.
They stand in the middle of the Left and the Right and represent the authority
of a father in the minds of teenagers who hate daddy because he is the authority
in their lives and they are restrained by daddy's very existence. So their
aggressors marginalize them, disparage them, ridicule, denigrate, and vilify
them. Its easier to "do things" to them when they are finally dehumanized
and stripped of their human faces. It makes it that much easier to militate
So who protects the
protectors? Who stands in defense of them as mainstream society has all but
the protectors, as they are His people and "ministers," per Romans 13. Guardian
Angels watch over them from the unseen realms of life. Guardians watch over
them from the sidelines on the streets, just out of peripheral view and notice.
They protect the innocent, from within this society of warriors, and they
are now on the record concerning their intents. One reasons with a notable
Second Amendment organizations leader....
"...I don't expect an answer but now that we are on opposite sides of the fence, if you guys think you're going to drive around killing cops standing out there directing traffic or protecting their community, please be advised I will do all I can to prevent that and all I can to inform all of national LE who its new enemies are. These new political alliances based on cop hating and cop killing leave us no choice. No revolution ever succeeded without the cops and magistrates on board. I can only guess that it is revolution you all now embrace since you are all endorsing killing the cops, many of us who were good enough to fight in our wars overseas while you politicians were safe, but now because we wear blue, you can consider us as enemies of the people?"
They now walk unseen within
regular society, nameless, faceless individuals who still "wear the
badge," certainly, never able to take it off. Men of renown within these
exclusive circles, meeting for the first time, and with a few words spoken
to each other, a few titles passed back and forth, a few battlefields in
obscure, far off places mentioned, and an immediate peer respect is established,
men of honor and like mind falling silent for a moment as they remember.
. . and know. . . and where the majority stands outside and wonders after
And today, amidst the drumbeats of civil war. . . .
"What I and most retired
LE officers will do now, since we have been forewarned by the [militant 2nd
Amendment groups] who they are making the straw dog in this issue; most of
us are veterans of Vietnam, yet we look like everyone else and like the Viet
Cong we blend in with the society. Should this scenario that so many seem
to want come to pass, we in retired LE WILL do all that we can to protect
those innocent officers simply wearing uniforms and doing their jobs. No
matter who gets hurt. Where I would have taken up arms in defense of the
2nd Amendment and the Bill of Rights, I and by fellows are being backed into
a corner that we do not desire, and will now have to be concerned about
protecting our brother officers against "heroic" freedom fighters like the
[militant 2nd Amendment groups] ."
"These paranoids have a new scenario on their hands that they didn't anticipate...."
As government administrations
change and opposing political parties continue the never ending bid to achieve
and maintain control, the underlying root causes for Americas social
turmoil continue to sour and flourish. Thats not professional law
enforcements fault, as they are simply responding to the circumstances.
Especially the men and women of professional LE who hold a Conservative viewpoint
or come from a faith background. A myriad array of factors have to be considered
on their part every day, as they adapt, improvise, and interact within this
racially, socially, and politically charged nation, as well as their politically
hamstrung departments. At this point, they dont have the support of
a vast majority of the civilian population, but are either targeted for attack
by the militant fringe and largely ignored by the rest of society who takes
their presence for granted.
Do they care what mainstream
society or the militant factions think or perceive about them? To a point,
but they dont let the hostility from the society they are tasked to
protect manipulate them. Over the last two decades the more bold and eloquent
within the LE community have sought the support of the more moderate in American
society, but received only slurs and hysterical bias and prejudice in response.
The Articles page of the Second Amendment Police Department stands as a
testimonial and defense of the best of the Constitutionally minded law
enforcement community, those who hold sacred and dear their vows to defend
and uphold Constitutional law and the Bill of Rights. The reader can take
it or leave it. Now the LE community stands in defense of the "Brotherhood"
as the innocent among them who are targeted for simply wearing the
So, tonight, like so many
other nights, a wife and mother, stands at the door and watches as her loved
one leaves into the darkness and bows her head and prays, "Lord, please,
watch over him. . . ." Nervously twirling the ring on her finger, she then
places him squarely into the Hands of Providence and turns
Rest easy tonight, maam. Surely tonight He has a Guardian Angel security detail invisibly deployed around your loved one, to protect them from the evils which haunt the streets of this nation, a powerful, turbulent nation continually teetering on the precipice of war with itself.
Your loved one is also
protected by another Guardian, an invisible individual who boasts the membership
within an unseen society of warriors. And as a warrior, he knows his
He probably carries a
Walther PPKS with half-jacketed hollow points, or a 1911 Colt Commander with
230 Gr. Full Metal Jacket Ball ammo (absolute feed reliability proven under
fire every time) and a standard supply of extra ammunition, 8 round Randall
mags (1 spare), tucked away in a Bianchi International shoulder rig or concealed
Yaqui belt slide holster. He carries an active duty or retired badge in his
pocket, and the ghosts in his mind of the specter of war in strange lands;
the experiences of walking and patrolling the same streets and decayed underworld
your loved one does tonight or today.
He fears not in the face
of the Angel of Death, having known him intimately, beating him many times.
And he will bring his weapons to bear if need be again, putting down any
cowardly murderer who would ambush an officer, any frightened wanna-be with
deluded visions of "patriotic" glory, who, wanting to initiate the next civil
or racial war, couldnt meet the man face to face.
Your loved one sees him
every once in a while, standing off in his peripheral vision, a ghost of
a vision, a tall individual, who is there for a moment, and then gone. When
there is momentary contact, he walks with a familiar self-assurance, a comfort
and ease in the presence of your loved one, addressing them as "son" or "young
lady," than moving on. He is in that obscure car that slows for a minute
as that combative subject is taken into custody, stopping for just a moment,
observing the suspects body language; the stance and demeanor of the
officer, than quickly moving on. Your loved catches site of him as the suspect
is being placed in the car. Off in the shadows, unobtrusive, silent, and
noble, but still ready and willing to defend another who also wears the
Is that ghost of a figure
a real angel, walking among the temporal realm? Or is it a Guardian of another
sort, an old man with steady hands; steady nerves; with the wisdom of years
and the knowledge of the streets and times we live in, who is still ready and
able to stand in the gap should need be?
Rest easy tonight,
maam, because his identity isnt important. Your loved one walks
in the ample company of rough, fierce, and valorous men who watch out for
their own when no one else will. Men of distinction and prestige who defend
with extreme prejudice the integrity and honor of the institution of Police
work in America today.
We just know them as a
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