OpEd By Dave Minyard
The United States of America was founded with the liberty for citizens to bear arms.
This has long been a source of contention to those who disagree and as their 1st Amendment right to free speech, it is part of the American process.
There can and should be a dialogue to begin to those in community who support and or actively participate in fulfilling their 2nd Amendment rights with those charged with the protection of our community – Law Enforcement.
(The women defends their store with their own guns, firing back at crook with a shotgun. Courtesy of ABC News and YouTube. Posted on Feb 24, 2018.)
I for one appreciate the tremendous way Law Enforcement fulfills their mission.
Creating a work group or forum could be facilitated by such organizations as the National Rifle Association, who has the ability to use their grass roots network to disseminate information and reach out to both sides.
In the event of situations that occur in our community where citizens engage in mitigation of unlawful acts by individuals, it is imperative for a foundation of trust to be laid between those citizens and Law Enforcement so effective command and control processes can be immediately implemented.
These situations occur when individuals decide to walk outside the line of peace and tranquility and usurp their will to break the law.
There have been a myriad of situations where private citizens have successfully mitigated the issue prior to Law Enforcement arrival because these private citizens are present at the same time the tragedy occurs.
(Jan. 30, 2012 Dierre Cotton attempted to rob a grocery store with a sawed off rifle. He was stopped by a customer who was legally carry his firearm and ending Cotton’s robbery spree. (This was his 3rd armed robbery). Cotton was hit twice. This video provides some insight from the armed citizen. Courtesy of CCW Advocates and YouTube.)
How great it would be if there would already be relationship in place.
Bad things happen, contrary to our hope for us all to live in peace and harmony.
This relationship can be started by either Citizens or Law Enforcement.
Neighborhood Watch Groups are a great example of community joining in on support for safer communities and operate under the oversight of local enforcement as it should be.
Let’s hope that this takes root to result in a stronger bond of trust between Community and our tremendous Law Enforcement!
About the Author:
After the attack on 9-11-01, Dave Minyard was invited to the Pentagon to assist, which included development of Antiterrorism Operational Programs to bolster protection.
Since 2002, Dave has worked as a Subject Matter Expert in financial and technical oversight of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosion Protection (CBRNE), Process Engineering, Telecommunications, E911, Billing Mitigation, Threatening and Harassing Call mitigation, Wireless Telecommunication, and a number of other Security elements for the Department of Defense.
(Learn More about the National Rifle Association. Courtesy of the NRA and YouTube. Posted on Oct 16, 2018.)
(How did the right “to keep and bear arms” become a part of the U.S. Constitution? How have ideas about this right and its protections changed over time? Courtesy of HISTORY and YouTube. Posted on Feb 5, 2018.)