Skip to comments.Oath of duty (Police officer's letter to the editor)
Posted on 01/29/2013 5:35:35 AM PST by IbJensen
As a citizen of the United States, I am proud of the deep-rooted patriotism of my forefathers. Many lives have been sacrificed in order to maintain the liberty which we all enjoy, including those of many of my ancestors.
I was deeply saddened by recent tragedies such as those in Colorado and at Sandy Hook. However, I am troubled by the fact that our legislators are rushing to strip away the constitutional rights of the American people. The media attempts to reinforce a need for more strict gun control, yet anyone who spends any amount of time seeking the truth will quickly see that the vast majority of U.S citizens are adamantly opposed to it. More shocking to me is our presidents willingness to rule the people through executive orders and forced legislation. In light of these recent events, I took some time to think, and really reflect upon my motivations for becoming a police officer. I also spent a great deal of time defining what my oath as a police officer means to me, and more importantly, what it means to the public which I swore to serve. I have come to the following conclusion:
I swore to serve and protect the public, and to uphold the Constitution of the United States, as well as the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. My personal values, beliefs and integrity will not allow me to violate the core meaning of this oath. Because of this, I will refuse to participate in the confiscation of any firearms that are lawfully owned by U.S citizens. I will not enforce any unconstitutional law or executive order which does not respect the rights of citizens in regards to firearms registration, possession, or any other right which is granted by the U.S Constitution.
I ask that my brothers and sisters in law enforcement support me in this. Remember your oath, and please do the right thing.
CHARLES M. RICKO
Here is his local politician's response to the above letter:
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Just an easy suggestion to Officer Ricko, whom I do not know and have no idea what department or town he works for, the suggestion is this, do not interpret the laws, do not pick the laws that your so-called oath set as a standard. The presidents executive orders are law, you dont get to pick or choose, and some day this order may save you or another officers life. Lastly, if you are on Charlemonts Police Department, I will work to get you dismissed. You have no right choosing what to enforce any more than I have a right to pick and choose what I will abide.
JAMES R. GARIEPY
First of all, rights aren't GRANTED by the Constitution, they are RECOGNIZED by it. They cannot be taken away, they are INALIENABLE.
Second of all, it is apparent how things are going to go in many municipalities, as all the little leftist apparatchiks (like the local politician who commented on the letter) will seek to destroy those who refuse to enforce Obamao's unconstitutional orders.
Ah yes, the Nuremberg defense....
communists like that little martinet are destroyers from the devil
Tell that to Obama and Eric Holder you piece of poo.
Hey Gariepy, you jerk,Obama selectively enforces real laws. he set the standard.
Lastly, if you are on Charlemonts Police Department, I will work to get you dismissed.
Liberal think: if you don't agree with me I'll get you...some how, some way.
Wow, it sounds like Mr. Gariepy just threatened an officer of the law. I hope someone pays him a visit and provides transportation to the jail.
Many cops feel the same way Officer Ricko does. Don’t think we are all in lock step with the IACP and their puppet chiefs.
Gariepy, you piece of dung, tell that to the men whose committed the My Lai massacre under Lt Calley's orders in 1968...
“However, I am troubled by the fact that our legislators are rushing to strip away the constitutional rights of the American people.”
The People’s Praesidium are not legislators; we long ago ceased electing legislators.
What we have now are petty tyrants and would-be dictators, all waiting for Obama to begin enforcing his will on the proles.
A declaration of Martial Law on some pretext or other and the ensuing suspension of elections will do very nicely, thank you.