First it was Ferguson and Michael Brown.
Then NYC and Eric Garner.
Now it's Baltimore and Freddie Gray.
Racial tensions are inflamed as people clash with police. In each case, claims of racism and disproportionate use of force when dealing with black suspects abound. In the Michael Brown case, even a Federal review found the police officer to have acted appropriately; yet we still hear the (complete fabrication) of "Hands up, don't shoot."
Are some of these claims legitimate? Almost certainly. I'd be astounded if there wasn't a hint of prejudice and profiling behind some of the incidents. Maybe not the ones we're hearing about, but there have been enough legit cases - like the SC police officer who shot a suspect in the back and is now facing murder charges - to support at least skepticism.
I have to wonder, though. I wonder how many who are standing with the protestors also claim that "only the police should have guns" or that police should be exempt from gun laws? How many of these same people claim that police are better trained, the "only ones professional enough" to handle firearms, etc.? I'll bet that Venn diagram overlaps a lot more than they would like to admit.
And on the flip side: How many FOP are *still* going to stand behind gun-grabbers at photo-ops? How many police chiefs are going to throw their support behind politicians grandstanding on these events? I suspect, here, that we won't see any significant shift from the status quo despite the rhetoric being tossed around.
As a supporter of the Second Amendment and the RKBA, I have to shake my head in disbelief. For years we have decried states - like Massachusetts - where the local police decide who can exercise their 2A rights. We've watched as state after state passed draconian gun bans, "assault weapon" bans, magazine capacity bans, etc. with every single one having a law enforcement exemption. Heck, the Federal ban had an LEO exemption.
And now we're watching many of the same politicians, talking heads, and "community activists" accusing police officers of all kinds of heinous crimes. Murder, assault, battery, racism; for the past year we've watched city after city burn as the media fans the flames of racial division, almost exclusively aimed at the law enforcement community.
These same police officers that for the past 20+ years we've been told are the only ones that should own guns, or have standard capacity magazines, or adjustable stocks; all of a sudden they went from Officer Friendly to persona non grata. It begs the question, does it not, of whether or not the next time gun control is brought up - and it will be - will the police go back to their lofty position of "Only Ones" despite these protests?
That's a rhetorical question, mind you...
That is all.