Laws don’t stop people, people stop people.
Nowhere is that more evident than in our crime statistics. We have laws against just about everything that society considers a wrongdoing. Not the least of which are laws against murder, the most heinous and impactful of criminal activity.
Going back to the original laws, the Ten Commandments, “Thou shalt not kill” was the first to admonish us to refrain from taking another person’s life. Since then, countless federal and state laws also prohibit the taking of another’s life. Has that stopped murder?
Of course not; if written laws were enough, some 437,000 more people would be alive today instead of having been murdered, in 2012 (worldwide, latest figures). That number is probably closing in on two million by now.
Laws, even those inscribed in stone and handed down by the highest authority, our creator, are broken every day. That should illustrate the futility of expecting that words on paper (or stone tablets) are enough to stop those who are driven by evil.
No, it takes “good guys” to stop “bad guys” from committing crime.
Yet, that didn’t stop a Chicago black community activist (Jessica Disu) from stating that she wanted to “eliminate police across America.” That statement is so ludicrous, so asinine, that it shouldn’t even require a rebuttal. It only shows the black-hole deep ignorance of anyone making such a statement.
There are evil people among us, we all know that. Are YOU content to rely solely on laws to protect yourself and your family? I’m not. Without law enforcement, to enforce our laws, there would be anarchy. Bad guys (and bad girls) would run amok; what would stop them, words on paper?
I can recall saying several times in my life, that I wouldn’t do what the cops are called on to do for what I made (as the owner of a successful business), much less for what they make. They are forced to deal with the dregs of society, with uncooperative and abusive people, some of whom are armed and wouldn’t hesitate to kill a policeman – yet, this is what we ask them to do – and we expect no screw-ups, no errors, and no mistakes. It’s asking a lot of ordinary human beings no better or worse than you or I.
Are they all saints? Of course not, and we must do better to filter out those who simply aren’t mentally or emotionally equipped to handle the situations into which they’re thrust. But the vast majorities are people just like you and I who, for whatever reason, have decided to go into law enforcement.
They are sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, moms and dads, and should have an expectation that they’ll be respected and according to law, obeyed when they tell a miscreant to do something.
We’ve all seen countless video camera captures of police stopping someone for a minor infraction and being verbally abused by a belligerent and argumentative offender. That reaction isn’t indicative of respect and obedience to a lawful order; it shows disrespect and disdain for the officer and starts the confrontation down a road that probably won’t end well.
I can remember when, as a rule, police were respected and admired by all citizens, white and black alike. They were obeyed and treated as representing law and order – you simply didn’t argue with a cop. They were welcome everywhere and it wasn’t unusual to hear that kids wanted to be a cop when they “grew up.”
But now, unfortunately, it appears that we’ve done a complete 180. At least in many of our urban cities, police are hated and treated disrespectfully.
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) group appears to embrace the concept that all cops (especially white ones) are “out to get them.” Many in the crime-ridden neighborhoods refuse to provide information to police, even when it would be in their best interest to do so. It’s an “us against them” environment and “them” are the cops.
If a BLM supporter is engaging in illegal activity, the police are indeed “out to get them” and I say more power to them. Those who aren’t lawbreakers shouldn’t have anything to worry about – if they just obey the instructions given by the police.
An episode of harsh treatment of an individual, whether provoked or not, is embraced by activists as evidence of racist police. It’s true that some police brutality has occurred and when it does happen, it should be punished forcefully – all reasonable, fair-minded people, regardless of race, agree with that.
But to continue the “hands up, don’t shoot” meme when a grand jury found that Michael Brown did not have his hands up when he was fatally shot is wrong and continues to create a negative perception of police. It serves no useful purpose and is only intended to promote an anti-police sentiment.
The murder assignation of police in recent weeks is indicative that the “all cops are evil racists” mindset is being intentionally promoted by some in the black community. A number of black activists have called for retaliation against cops, especially white ones, for past offenses – some real, some fabricated. Some have called for intentional shooting of police – especially white ones. If that’s not inciting violence, what is? Aren’t there laws against that?
The current distrust between blacks and police cannot continue.
Law enforcement officers, at all levels, need to know that the majority of Americans appreciate the difficulty of the job they do and we appreciate their willingness to put themselves in dangerous situations on our behalf. I sincerely believe that most officers are hard-working individuals trying to make a difference by standing between the bad guys and us.
How can anyone believe that eliminating police would solve anyone’s problems? It would only make them worse – for everyone. What do those attacking police hope to accomplish? A relaxation of enforcement? Call me slow, but someone has to explain to me how a slowdown in enforcing the laws will benefit anyone.
That would only benefit the criminal element, not most law-abiding people. It certainly wouldn’t be beneficial to a peaceful citizenry.
It’s high time that those of us who fancy ourselves law-abiding citizens stand up for our law enforcement officers and thank them for skillfully handling the difficult tasks that we ask them to do.
In our name, they confront thieves, drug dealers, rapists and murderers and do so, for the most part, with restraint and skill.
We owe them no less than our thanks for doing a job that most of us don’t want to do and doing it professionally. They need to know that the vast majority of the American public appreciates them and if things “go south”, that they can depend on us to have their backs.