Cops and airplanes
Recently I took a mini vacation to the Outer Banks of North Carolina with my wife and two sons. During our stay, we took a day to visit the Orville and Wilbur Wright “First in Flight” memorial.
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
The birth place of flight. A couple of guys who refused to accept that man was destined to wallow in this clump of mud called earth.
But they refused to give in to fear and naysayers who said that they would surely perish by trying such non-sense.
“If god wanted us to fly, he would have given us wings,” many skeptics would say.
It’s hard to imagine a world if it weren’t for Orville and Wilbur.
The same can be said about a world without the brave men and women who we call police officers (or deputies, constables, peace officers etc..)
Without them our world would surely be like Mad Max and the Thunderdome, where deviant, marauding thugs would victimize the citizenry at will.
Many have ended up giving their lives for the protection of our people and our constitution.
And of course every cop and those who wish to become one knows the profession of policing comes with real and inherent risks.
I’m quite certain the Wright brothers also knew the dangers of flight.
It’s strange how differently we look at the lives of police officers compared to just 20 years ago.
When the “war on drugs” began in the early eighties, cops were seen in the same light as combat soldiers and Marines. Grunts on the front line protecting us from the evils of the world.
One of those evils was crack cocaine.
It was a cheap and highly addictive form of cocaine that exploded in our urban centers and cities.
Its effects were devastating.
Crime, especially murder, was through the roof.
To say it was bad would be a gross understatement. Cops who worked during this period of american policing know how bad it really was.
It was terrible.
But they had the backing and respect of the american people to at least try to eradicate the problem.
Today it is different.
The left leaning, over the top biased and insidious news media has pitted every police story and action as fodder for the reason for our society’s decline.
The birth of social media and cell phone camera’s has fueled the story line that cops are derelict monsters preying on the american citizen.
Anything to advance or sell ad space.
Playing on human psychology to get more eyes on their site is really the end game.
Add in safe spaces, gun free zones, and now cry closets and you have an american society and culture that is almost un-recognizable.
We love boxes.
It makes life easier. We have a box for everything.
We have a box for conservatives and a box for liberals.
We have a box for the second amendment. We have a box for school shootings.
We have boxes that we fill with our fears and boxes we fill with our hate.
We have a box for good. We have a box for evil.
The only box that we have that remains empty is logic.
Oh we try to put logic in the logic box but it falls apart quickly. The best example is one that infuriates me and almost every cop that must hear it.
“But cops know what they’re getting into, the dangers, the risks…”
You just can’t fit a square peg in a round hole.
Cops, in the most altruistic version, don’t wake up and hope they are martyred while doing their job. It just doesn’t work that way.
Our job is to enforce laws, uphold the constitutional rights of citizens and to help people who need and deserve justice.
And yes, most of us would take a bullet for you but only as the absolute last resort.
And one more thing.
I rarely, if ever, hear or see in social media your average Joe attempt to dole out there expert “novice” opinion on how and why a plane may have crashed.
Unlike police shootings, people tend to wait until all of the evidence has been reviewed by “experts” until they weigh in with their opinion.
I have a fear of flying.
It feels unnatural. I know the risks (oh how I know them).
But never once have I thought to think, much less utter, such a heartless, cold and all together dumb statement.
“Well, they all knew the dangers of flying so..”
Can you imagine, after the next airline tragedy, a spokesman or news outlet rendered that statement?
Just recently a Southwest airline lost one its engines and had to make an emergency landing. Sadly, a female passenger, partially sucked halfway out her window, was killed during the tragedy.
The pilot, the other passengers, all touted as heroes. And rightly so.
Imagine hearing some asshole say, “but she knew the dangers of flying, the risks, no one forced her to sit next to that window…”
But I have heard this more than a few times from people who thought I wasn’t listening or worse, didn’t care, when cops die on the job.
Fortunately, we have a box for this type of person and thinking also.
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