October 19, 2009

An Armed Society...

The FBI says the number of police officers slain in the line of duty fell sharply last year.

Bureau statistics list 41 law enforcement officers killed in 2008. The list includes one FBI agent, Sam Hicks, who was shot and killed during a drug raid outside Pittsburgh.

Felony killings of police officers haven't been that low since 1999, although police officer support groups which use different standards to count officer killings say the number of officers killed hasn't been this low since the 1960s.

It doesn't fit any of the preferred narratives, so don't count on seeing this reported in too many places.

This is especially true considering it occurred during a year where concealed carry permit applications skyrocketed nationwide, along with the sale of ammunition, handguns, and so-called assault rifles.

Gun sales went up, and the killing of law enforcement officers went down. Just another inconvenient truth.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 19, 2009 03:18 PM

What is the number of officers killed? I used to think that they were in a risky occupation. Then found out that in respect to risk they were at the bottom. They certainly make a big deal about the risk to justify the cruelty they dish out to suspects. The reason for my ire is that I had a 72 year old patient that was roughed up after being stopped for drunk driving. The only problem was that he had not been drinking and his odd behavior was secondary to an insulin reaction. The officer was never subjected to any abuse by this man yet he refused to even remove his handcuffs so that paramedics could start a life saving IV. I feel that the police have developed a very bad attitude that is being fueled by so called "reality shows". They need to get back to earth and start treating people in a reasonable manner. Many of my conservative friends are to the point that they feel it would be wise to remove their weapons.

Posted by: David at October 19, 2009 03:50 PM

Remove guns from the cops? Are you (and your "conservative friends") completely bonkers? Wow.

Posted by: DavidB at October 19, 2009 04:41 PM

Statistically, cops have a less dangerous job than garbagemen, farmers, roofers, loggers, fishermen and construction workers. That's right, your garbageman is more likely to get killed on the job than a cop.

Cops are just a particularly annoying form of public employee. They routinely abuse disability pensions and their unions manipulate local politics to be sure to have sympathetic elected officials.

Cop unions are the first to use scare tactics when it's time to cut public budgets. Meanwhile, cops in California retire after 20 years with 90%+ pensions.

Posted by: fred suggs at October 19, 2009 05:45 PM

Re: ' assault rifles.' Did you mean 'so-called assault weapons'? 'Assault rifle' is a descriptive term; 'assault weapon' is a legal term.

Posted by: RNB at October 19, 2009 05:54 PM

That's right. Either remove or significantly reduce the firepower that cops have. I used to live in New Orleans. The cops were so bad there that you actually preferred to confront a bad guy to a cop. I know from personel experience as I was almost rolled by two muggers. They were nice once they knew I would hurt them. On the other had I accidently had some paper caught by the wind and fly over a cop car. I thought the guy was going to kill me.

Posted by: David at October 19, 2009 05:55 PM

Of course this would not be widely reported in the media. Most journos are so ignorant about guns they think Double Action Only is something offered by an escort service in DC.

Posted by: zhombre at October 19, 2009 06:22 PM

Most of you, I think your Momma still must support you. If you don't see where we going in the near future, you will be dead. Our course and current path is not hope and change. It is death and suffering. I hope you survive, We will.

Posted by: Marc at October 20, 2009 12:33 AM

All you gun huggers should move to Baghdad.

Posted by: Alex at October 20, 2009 09:32 AM

Or Switzerland. Everyone is in the military there, and keeps their assault rifles at home. It is a very safe place...

Posted by: Grey Fox at October 20, 2009 09:48 AM
All you gun huggers should move to Baghdad. Posted by Alex at October 20, 2009 09:32 AM

But we won't. We will stay here in our country defending our families, our country, and ourselves.

And all you can do about it is post witless and impotent comments. Shame about that.

Posted by: iconoclast at October 20, 2009 12:08 PM

Been to Baghdad. Been to Kabul.
I don't go to Chicago or NYC.
My Concealed Carry Permit is not Honored.
Anywhere my Rights are not honored is a place I shouldn't be.

Next silly question?

Posted by: Old Trooper at October 20, 2009 03:56 PM

Been to Baghdad. Been to Kabul.
I don't go to Chicago or NYC.
My Concealed Carry Permit is not Honored.
Anywhere my Rights are not honored is a place I shouldn't be.

Next silly question?
Posted by Old Trooper at October 20, 2009 03:56 PM

Well said sir, and thank you for going to those places so I could sit on my ass in a classroom.

The Departed:

Oliver Queenan: We have a question: Do you want to be a cop, or do you want to appear to be a cop? It's an honest question. A lot of guys just want to appear to be cops. Gun, badge, pretend they're on TV.
Dignam: Yeah, a lot of people just wanna slam a nigger's head through a plate-glass window.

Not so much the racial thing, but the fact that a lot of people join to get the pepper spray, the taser, the baton and the gun. To drive fast, to confiscate property which they then keep, to have people bow and scrape. Then you have people who really do want to hurt people with the protection of the blue wall.

It is a problem, and you don't have a whining ACLU member or a hippie to think so.

The ideal:

Can we get back to that?

Posted by: Britt at October 21, 2009 02:22 PM