Good Guys with Guns Down
By Jeff Knox
USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- November saw two highly publicized tragedies where police officers responding to the scenes of shootings, shot and killed the wrong man.
In both cases, the victims were legally armed. In both cases, the victims were black, as were the perpetrators of the original shootings.
Of course, the media has chosen to focus primarily on the race issue, reinforcing the idea that blacks are disproportionately victims in wrongful police shootings, and stoking the flames of outrage within the black community.
Not only does the focus on race, drive a wedge between blacks and whites, and between police and the community, it also diverts attention from the real reasons for these types of tragedies, and potential solutions.
Those of us who choose to be armed, must have a solid grasp on the real-world risks and consequences of wielding deadly force. While a gun can save lives, carrying and using one always comes with complications. Our society specifically tasks police with use of force to stop criminal violence and restrain law-breakers, and even though their authority is derived directly from “we the people,” our social structure has largely ceded the individual authority of the people, into the hands …Read the Rest