Who Protects and Serves?

On June 27, 2005, in the case of ­Castle Rock vs Gonzales, the Supreme Court affirmed earlier decisions when it found that Jessica Gonzales did not have the right to be defended by police. The earlier decisions it was affirming were an 1856 decision (South v. Maryland), wherein the Court found that law enforcement officers had no affirmative duty to provide such protection and a 1982 case (Bowers v. DeVito), wherein the Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit held, “…there is no Constitutional right to be protected by the state against being murdered by criminals or madmen.”

This means that, even in the unlikely event that the police are positioned in proximity to where you are when threatened, they have no obligation to protect you.

Now, think about that.  The police, paid with our tax dollars and driving cars we paid for, emblazoned with mottos such as “To protect and serve” have no obligation to protect you.  How many times have you been in an area that made you uneasy only to see a police car and feel more secure?  How do you feel about that secure feeling now?  If the police don’t think they can win or, really, if they are just tired, they do not have to engage to protect you.  This goes against everything we are taught but it is unmitigated reality.

Why haven’t you heard about this already?  How could such an important thing have gone unmentioned?  Well, do you really think they are going to advertise that and have people re-think their support for the taxes required to support the local police, Sheriff’s department and State Police?  What effect would such knowledge have on the population?  Those are the first folks that will assure you they will protect you—even when it is demonstrable that they have failed to do so time and time again.

When your home security alarm is triggered do you still have visions in your head of the hyper-responsible alarm call center calling your local police and immediately dispatching officers to ride to your rescue?  Well, you shouldn’t because the officers don’t have to do it!

In addition to this, in most cities, the police have developed an attitude of “Us and Them”.  Guess which one you are?  This attitude leads to much more dangerous attitudes such as the “We have to show them who is in charge” attitude that has led to thousands of police brutality charges across the country.  The shocking thing is how often the police are found to have acted outside of the law in these cases.  It is a common occurrence to see the police brutally beat handcuffed “suspects” and, in several cases, even shoot them.  Just search YouTube for “police brutality” to get more than you can bear to watch.

I am a good citizen and I used to believe that cases of police brutality were blown out of proportion until a friend of mine witnessed a handcuffed, non-resisting “suspect” have four police officers suddenly just tear into him kicking, punching and using batons.  After talking to my friend, who like me was a Conservative Republican, I went out and did some searching and found the sickening number of videos on YouTube and on news websites all over the country.

“So what?” you say, “What is your point”?

I actually have two points.  The first of these is that anyone who is unprepared to defend themselves is, literally, unprotected.  Period.  If you do not have the knowledge and the means to defend yourself you are, by definition, unprotected.  That alarm may serve to bring a vigilant neighbor out to take a look and it might even bring a police response but not soon enough to stop someone intent on snatching you or one of your loved ones or, especially, if their intent is to kill you or a loved one.

So the first point: Get a gun and learn how to use it well.  After that, get a concealed carry permit and carry everywhere.

Why do you think the police do not advertise the fact that they are not obligated to protect us?  What effect would that have?  Folks would feel the need to protect themselves, right?  What would happen then?  People would go out in droves and buy guns and other means of resistance to being assaulted.  We all know it.  Once the initial shock and denial was finished they would go out and buy, buy, buy.  So, why do the police not want a bunch of folks going out and procuring the means to protect themselves?

My second point is that the multiple levels of law enforcement of this country are rapidly becoming dangerous to the people they pretend to be responsible for protecting.  From the group beat-downs of suspects to “show them who is in charge and make them respect us”, TSA’s grope-fest at the airport and the “VIPR” teams doing the molestations at football stadiums and other big events to the DHS drones monitoring your city for “terrorist activity” and the NSA’s “big ears” listening, watching and reading as much about you as they like, the agencies we thought were protecting us are beginning to spin out of control and threaten to do just the opposite.

I am not yet at the point where I am going to encourage an armed citizen to make a citizens’ arrest of an officer they see engaged in gross violations of Constitutional Rights but, if I were to see someone do that, I’d certainly step in to help them.   I’m not at the point where I think we need to protect ourselves from the government but….oh, wait…actually I am exactly at that point.  I hope that if you aren’t, this article moved you one step closer to being here with me.

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