Two simple words with a huge meaning — life or death.
When searching for a topic for today’s blog I stumbled across a series of troubling headlines, many involving the shooting of police officers by a thug with a gun who thought nothing of pulling the trigger. In fact, shooting and killing a police officer in these modern times is an act regarded by some as no more serious than swatting a fly.
When did society make this turn, where a human life is no more valuable than that of an insect? Kids can longer travel to Mexico during spring break out of fear of being gunned down or beheaded by members of drug cartels. A simple walk in a park sometimes leads to a missing person case that all too often ends with the discovery of a body in a landfill or shallow grave in the woods. Suicide bombers kill anybody they can, doesn’t matter who. They just want to kill somebody.
Police officers respond to calls of domestic violence only to be shot by the very people they’re trying to help. Traffic stops result in gun fire. Bank robberies and convenience store hold-ups end in shoot outs.
Each and every day police officers are slapped, punched, spit on, kicked, stabbed, cut, and shot. All while enforcing laws, and protecting citizens and their property.
Cops didn’t band together and write up a bunch of laws so they’d have something to do.
It wasn’t a police officer who one day decided to make pot illegal, which, by the way, was the cause of two Baltimore, Md, police officers being shot this past weekend. Officers stopped a car and subsequently found marijuana. During the arrest of the car’s occupants the driver pulled a .25 caliber pistol and fired. He shot one officer in the cheek and the other in the hand. The suspect was shot and killed by the third officer at the scene.
Each Friday I post a list of officers killed in the line of duty during that week. As most of you know, I rarely ever report a death-free week. What you don’t see are the survivors — the officers who are hurt, wounded, or involved in shooting situations during the course of their shifts. To give you an idea of what goes on, here are just a few of the headlines for the past couple of weeks.
Jacksonville, Fl. – Arrest Made After Two Florida Cops Shot During Pursuit
Citrus Heights, Ca. – California Officers Shot During Struggle With Suspect
Baltimore – Maryland Officer Shot At Traffic Stop, Suspect Killed
Salt Lake City – DA Says Officer Justified In Shooting
Hemet – California Police Tense After Latest Gang Threat (police stations and cars have been booby-trapped with explosives, gas, and other deadly weapons)
Oak Hill – West Virginia Cop Survives Shooting; Manhunt For Suspect
Atlanta – Suit Says Ga. Cop Wasn’t Certified When He Shot Suspect
Elyria – Ohio Cop Killed Responding To Disturbance
Anaheim – Off-duty Cop Fatally Shoots Violent Man
Jefferson – North Carolina Officer Dies At the End Of His Shift
Philadelphia – Pa. Gun Trafficker Gets Ten Years After Cop’s Death
Liberty County – Texas Sheriff’s Deputies Shot, Suspect Dead
What has happened to people? Why are things as they are? Are bad things influencing good people? Are people copying what they see and hear?
Bad parenting? Poor education? What????
Why do people kill? Why do the lives of police officers mean nothing to some people?
I ask you, would you want a job where going to work meant you might be stabbed, shot, or even killed? And people wonder why cops can’t trust anyone.
I’m just saying…