Not necessarily true. If the person is intent on killing cops, they are not necessarily a greater danger to the general public.cdwjava;845471]A man or woman who kills a cop is not only a threat to law enforcement, but a threat to anyone and everyone. An assault upon the officer - a symbol of authority - is an affront to civil order, plain and simple.
I never said you did.I NEVER STATED - NOT ONCE - that law enforcement is the most dangerous career choice out there!
go talk to a lineman that works high power lines. You want explosive? Ever see what electricity can do?But, NO OTHER career regularly engages in high risk activity on a daily basis by being required to intercede in unpredictable, volatile, and even explosive situations. If it were easy, anyone could do it. It's not.
anarchy is a myth but that is a discussion for another day.Without these controls - without law and order - we would have anarchy.
but here you are arguing how much we owe cops. Sorry but that is part of my point right there.
isn't that odd. We have not heard how may construction workers have lost their lives in the last few months or last few years? Farmers and ranchers? Transportation workers?Yes, the officer is merely one man. But, the daily vitriol spewing forth from our politicians and from the race-baiters and others who have a political agenda are helping to fuel what has become a nearly unprecedented high murder rate of officers this year - mostly within the past few months.
each of those jobs are in the top 10 lists every year of the most dangerous jobs yet we don't make a big deal about them dying because of what they do. Care to guess what would happen if the people in those industries refused to do their jobs?
and by the way, most of them make less than the average income for a cop.
LI never even suggested that.et us suppose we offer a shrug and a, "Gee, too bad ... a cop was gunned down ... he was probably a pig," attitude.
so we need to put cops on a pedestal so they will stay working?We hire another bullet catcher and paper pusher and move on, might that be it? Who, then, will respond to your call of a prowler in the middle of the night? Who will respond to your conflict? Theft? Assault? If the citizenry refuses to be concerned with the symbolism that such an assault represents, who, then, will volunteer for a career that requires the individual officer to put his or her life on the line sometimes for little more than minimum wage? It is a calling because it still means something. The people that respond to this calling tend to do so because it is something they choose to do because they believe in the system, the job, and the community. It ain't the money (usually).
and cop pay nationwide on average far exceeds minimum wage. I think I saw $55k as the average in one of the sites I cruised through. That is about 3 1/2 times what minimum wage would be.
ya mean you are going to be subjected to what millions of people have been subjected to in the last several decades? Did you picket United Airlines when they dumped their pension onto the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation?My state is seeking to reform salary and pensions to the point that many dedicated law enforcement officers are seeking to bail out before our pensions are ripped away from us.
have you been asleep for a century or two? Read about Frank Serpico. Do you really think his city is an isolated situation? He nearly died because he tried to clean up the police force. I can only imaging how many good cops have died without it ever being realized it was due to the bad cops.And that will truly be sad because we might then see the widespread results of poor policing, thuggery, and even criminal activity by those that we look to for safety.
actually by posting what you have here, you have done exactly that.I don't ask for anyone's pity or demand them to respect or give a rat's ass for what *I* as an individual do.
it is nothing greater than that of any other citizen being killed. In fact, an average citizen being killed shows more loss of societal controls than killing a cop. A cop represents many things and are targets because of what they do represent. it is when the average citizen is killed that we have truly lost. In the killing a cop, there is a protest involved. In the killing of a citizen without cause, that is when we have reached a point of the downfall of society.But, I do hope that the citizenry understands the symbolism brought about by an assault upon the murder of a law enforcement officer.