Sleeping ‘under the blanket of protection’

Over a year ago, inspired by one of my more insightful commenters, who pointed out perhaps the most egregious example yet of police being viewed as somehow more trustworthy with firearms than the general populace, I wrote one of my better posts–“‘Assault weapons’ vs. ‘Patrol rifles.'”

Then, in May, that post generated a bravely anonymous comment of its own. This comment, though vastly less insightful than Straightarrow’s, does pack a great deal of amusement value.

Anonymous said…

Hey LibertyPlease, you sleep at night under the blanket of protection the police provide you then you question how it is provided. I suggest you strap on a gun and do it yourself or just say thank you, either way I don’t give a damn what you think. Maby you should give out your home address so all the evil in this country can come to where you and your family live and you can hold their hands and sing kum bi ya with them. Of course the occupiers as you call them won’t be there to stand selflessly between you and them!

I had planned to talk about that “blanket of protection,” but somehow forgot about it, until a recent comment made fun of it.

It occurs to me that one of (the many) things I like about David Codrea’s War on Guns is his use of recurring themes–“Only Ones,” “Authorized Journalists,” etc. to illustrate his points. I’ve always thought I should adopt a similar technique, but never came up with anything I really liked–until now. Please join me under the “Blanket of Protection” (the link won’t point to much yet, obviously).

David’s “Only Ones” references have drawn criticism (unjustified, in my view) that he is “anti-cop,” when his point is simply that the badge is no guarantee of either competence or nobility of purpose, and to attempt to deny people–to any degree–the right to defend their lives, their homes, their families, and their freedom, simply because they lack such a badge, is well beyond misguided–it’s evil.

With my “Blanket of Protection” posts, I may well start drawing similar criticisms, despite having a goal far different from “cop-bashing.” My point is that I never asked for the “Blanket of Protection,” and ask only not to be interfered with in my efforts to protect myself.

Actually, come to think of it, I’m not asking.

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2 Responses to “Sleeping ‘under the blanket of protection’”

  1. LibertyPlease Says:

    “I suggest you strap on a gun and do it yourself or just say thank you, either way I don’t give a damn what you think.”

    That’s pretty funny. I never saw that anonymous comment replying to mine. I’d have to reply to him (at this late date), that
    1) I do strap on a gun. Police have never been of any service when I’ve been in need, and have only caused irritation and petty expenses (traffic citations). and
    2) Arrogant folks like Mr. Anonymous who feel better than Citizen Nothings (to borrow a common reference for us from cop forums) are trying to take away EXACTLY that right!

    It’s our country (the 300 million citizens), law enforcement doesn’t have (or shouldn’t have) and special privileges. We all have responsibilities to protect ourselves, our families, our communities, we just pay LEOs to do it full time. They’ve gotten a little out of control though and think being paid full time by us somehow means they have special privileges and abilities….. A lot of them are “special” I guess…..

    Side note, a friend of a friend approached me about wanting to shoot for the first time and is thinking of buying a gun. He told me he had been speaking to a cop about hardware and the tips were nonsense. I had to tell the guy that while some cops do know a lot about guns, most don’t but (like many subjects) think they have special knowledge conferred magically by the badge.

  2. 45superman Says:

    Good to hear from you, LibertyPlease–you did good work in baiting Mr. Bravely Anonymous out of his hole to provide his priceless “blanket of protection” line.

    “Citizen Nothings,” eh? Not having spent much time around cop forums, I wasn’t familiar with that term. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, though.

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