Skip to comments.“Would You Take Away Guns From Law-Abiding Citizens?” Readers' Poll In American COP Magazine
Posted on 07/01/2012 8:25:31 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
Would You Take Away Guns From Law-Abiding Citizens? Open Poll Causes Stir In American COP Magazine
Will You Do It?
Ive known anti-gun cops, who seriously said things like, They have no right to own a gun, its my job to protect them. If they have guns, its just a danger to me!
I ike to think my real job is as the editor of our sister publication, American Handgunner magazine. A publisher wears many hats, but what I really like to do is write, edit and interact with readers. What Ive never forgotten is we, you and I, are the same I just happen to have this job. I spent a long time as a cop in San Diego, and an even longer lifetime so far as a shooter and gun owner. I (and parent company FMG) feel strongly about the right of law-abiding Americans to own firearms, for any reason they like; from hunting, plinking, collecting, reloading, you-name-it. But most assuredly, we believe Americans have the right to own firearms for personal protection. This brings me to a sore subject for many Handgunner readers.
I get regular reader mail asking essentially the same question: Roy, as a former cop, do you think todays younger cops would actually try to take guns away from law-abiding citizens, if they were told to do so by their leaders? Keep in mind, real people and regular people just like us not crazies seriously worry about this.
Since Ive sort of crossed-over both sides of the fence being both a law enforcer and law-abiding citizen gun owner, I can see what theyre talking about. Ive known anti-gun cops, who seriously said things like, They have no right to own a gun, its my job to protect them. If they have guns, its just a danger to me! You might know someone like that too. And certainly, there are politicians out there who think the same way; and those very politicians often appoint police chiefs. Since sheriffs are elected, they can serve as a bit of a buffer on this topic. They more readily serve their voting constituent than the politically appointed chief does.
So, Ill be blunt and ask you: Would you personally, go out and confiscate firearms from law abiding citizens even if it goes against your personal opinion regarding the constitutional rights of citizens and do it on the order of an administrative leader of your agency? Would you put your foot down and say, No, thats not legal, its not right, and I wont do it all the while risking being disciplined or fired? Or would you simply do your duty, as it were? I was only following orders! And, if you dont think it can happen, just look at New Orleans after the hurricane, when the city cops did that very thing. They also lost a lawsuit brought by the NRA in the aftermath. It was found the city of New Orleans did not have the right to confiscate firearms in the interest of public safety.
I was asked to write about this a long while ago, back when I was still a cop. I wrote the article and stated: I would not do it and, yes, Id risk the consequences. I signed my name to the article, and my agency knew it. I also said I didnt feel the vast majority of my LE peers would participate if they felt they were given an unlawful order to confiscate guns. But today? I honestly dont know what would happen. Whats your opinion? You tell me.
Omar Little says: June 13, 2012 at 2:56 am
Absolutely I would and for several reasons.
1st. my job is on the line. I may not like it, but I will follow orders. If I dont and someone is killed because of my inaction to follow orders, I may be left high and dry by my dept.
2nd. I have a gun. I will get to keep my gun. Nobody will take my gun home because I am the law. I will take your gun. See #1 above.
3rd. I believe in the Constitution, but it is a living document. With the way gangs and illegals are today, I want all the guns off the street. Only law enforcement should own guns. You dont have the ability or desire to train and be profecient with a weapon. A single shot shotgun is about all you need for home defense and Im really pushing my comfort zone to accept that.
4th. I will confiscate any weapon I find. You have a gun? You have a permit? Your gun is mine. Ill let you spend a few thousand dollars with the judge to get your gun back if you really want it that bad. It doesnt cost me a thing to confiscate your weapon, but it will cost you lots of time and lots of money to get it back. If need to depending on the weapon I may add charges even if I have to make them up to keep you away from the gun.
5th. I am sick of the .gov is coming after us. I know barrel jerkers like so many gun nuts are hoarding guns and ammo. Keep it up, because when we do come for them, I already know your neighbors wont support you. Why? Because I am the law. You are guilty till the judge tells me you are not.
Sounds like the pig who gave me a speeding ticket when he misread the speed limit sign.
They absolutely would.
I don’t believe the anti-gun-cop response is legit: I think it’s troll bait. I ain’t biting.
Interesting topic for a poll in a cop magazine, though.
They absolutely have. (Katrina)
They didn’t try that non-sense in Mississippi during Katrina. Probably didn’t want to die.
Another way of looking at it: you don’t have to worry so much about your guns being confiscated by “the average pro-gun cop.”
The problem is when LE agencies self-select for the traits they desire in “special” units. It’s no problem to assemble a unit of real jackasses, and give them free rein to violate the Constitution. Fast And Furious, AKA Murdergate, is a real-life reflection of the fictional Bob Bullard and the “Special Training Unit” of the ATF in my first novel.
Don’t worry about what the “average cop” thinks. They are solid. Worry about the unit of commie gestapo jackboots that is easily assemebled by a large agency to do the personal bidding of their masters.
That’s partly what happened with F&F: the OCDETF task force felt they were above the law, and had permission from on high to do any damn thing at all to massage the numbers to please DC, and make for a great photo op for Holder at the end.
Just before Agent Terry was killed, Holder was already scheduled for a big PR-palooza in Phoenix.
And that response says it all.
And THAT is why they will be shot dead if they try this. It will be a war.
People are NOT going to put up with this crap any more.
The person (Omar Little) who wrote that post is mentally deranged. He contradicts his own statement with #3. This person is obviously unsuited for a position in law enforcement. A firearm is a tool and is not a weapon until used in that capacity. Guns do not kill, they do not grow legs, wings or have a mind of their own. I challenge anyone to set a locked and loaded firearm on say the counter, lets see if “IT” erroneously discharges.
personally I would not trust that person with any thing that might be a weapon.
The LEO’s I know fully encourage firearms, in fact are not intimidated by non LEO’s openly displaying loaded firearms (personally I think they feel safer).
I have been pulled over by cops for no reason besides they didn’t like my bumper stickers. This was in 1984, of all years. Pulled over for a silly reason last year when I was a passenger. There are too many cops on power trips and who think we are all criminals. Have plenty more stories of friends’ encounters with them... I often don’t trust them. Plenty of them will gladly trample on our rights in a heartbeat.
I would think a person would have a moral choice as to whether they were a police officer or an American first. Totalitarian governments murder their own unarmed people with all the proper paperwork filled out in triplicate and according to the law. First they need to take the ability to resist away from them for those being arrested and murdered often object. I don’t think it is possible to disarm the American people so the point is moot. Even the cities where they try, the criminals are all well armed. Illegal items that are in demand simply create profit. If the police could actually control anything there would be no illegal drugs, that is working out real well. I might also add that when I was younger and stronger I knew how to kill with a knife or even my hands if the need had arisen.
It may be troll bait, but that could have been written by my psycho crazy next door neighbor who just so happens to be your average run of the mill dirty patrol cop (and very proud of it).
I wonder if there’s a small but significant number of people who are prepared to go after the decision makers and attack dogs alike? Perhaps there’s people in positions to know intimate details who are playing along for the time being?
History repeats itself and we all know what follows gun confiscation. Now here’s a question for if/when that happens. . .If people come to harm your family, should their families be considered out of bounds? I’m talking about both the decision makers and the attack dogs.
Maybe people like this respondent might think a little different if he understood his paycheck wasn’t the only thing on the line? Let’s be honest, when the green light goes off in some people’s heads it’s going to be an animal show.
Omar, huh? How many Abduls in the bunch?
I wonder, If a cop can be sued in court to recoup legal expenses after an illegal seizure. After all, if the judge grants your weapon back, then no law has been broken and the officer’s false accusations just cost you a bundle.
I happen to be a run of the mill patrol cop. I will absolutely refuse to follow any such orders. I can’t envision anyone on my team of 7 who might follow it. Of course I live out West where we expect every citizen to have at least one gun...
Remember who did this exact kind of polling first? Bill Clinton, polling the military.
People that like hurting children and old folks are gonna suffer. Pricks that want to steal guns... We'll just say it ain't gonna be pretty.
Dance with me.
Only I should own knives.
But if you want to play with them, 'spect a bit of harsh treatment when a master shows up.