The outrage that erupted in the city of Fresno (CA) over their agency purchasing 300 rifles once again proves the limits and disdain that many politicians continue to place on law enforcement.
I agree with Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer that this equipment is needed because of the continued attacks on law enforcement and that if you wear a badge, you need a rifle to protect your community and your officers.
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We are coming up on 20 years since the North Hollywood Shootout where LAPD Officers were having to go to gun stores and ‘borrow’ rifles just so they had a chance of surviving. Why is this still seen as controversial in parts of our country?
We’ve seen officers across this land constantly murdered with a bad guy with a rifle and I won’t even go into the multiple instances where children and adults were targeted but the fact that there is still ‘controversy’ over an agency that acquires this basic tool for their job is literally maddening.
One citizen, Gerald Bill, said that “when we spend large sums of money on buying military style weapons for our police, the message it sends is something like the police are ready to go to war against the citizens of Fresno.” David Sasser called the rifles a “weapon of war.”
Are we seriously going to continue this ridiculous talk that when law enforcement prepares or trains to fight the most evil among us, it somehow is a “war” against general citizens. Just the mention that there is a “war against cops” brings out every keyboard warrior crying from their ‘safe place’.
There have been more American Police Officers killed on American Soil then American Soldiers overseas in Afghanistan since 9/11 so stop it already that our law enforcement faces no threat.
Fresno and other parts of our country needs to get over themselves. We live in a violent society where evil people prey on our citizenry and you don’t call a politician to come save you. You call a police officer and shame on all of us if we do not ensure that law enforcement has all of the necessary equipment to save our citizens.
Travis Yates is a writer and editor at Law Officer. An ILEETA Trainer of the Year, his Seminars in Risk Management & Officer Safety have been taught across the United States & Canada. Major Yates is a current Doctoral Student in Strategic Leadership and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is the Director of Training for Law Officer (www.lawofficer.com) and the Founder of the Courageous Leadership Institute (www.courageousleader.org), providing leadership consulting and training to law enforcement around the world.