Heartbroken again. Another cop has been killed doing scut work that the people he was trying to protect wouldn’t dirty their hands with. And a good many of those in that neighborhood would have been quick to spit on him if he had shown up at one of their oh-so-meaningful demonstrations of solidarity with the cause-du-jour on the courthouse steps.
People, get your priorities straight and know this:
1] The cops are the good guys.
2] Guns are inert objects.
3] Mental health ‘professionals’ are often nuts themselves.
Statistics are super malleable and I hate using them, but sometimes nothing else works. In round numbers:
30,000 total gun-related deaths per year in U.S
-19,500 or 65% are suicide-
- 5,100 or 17% are drug/gang related
- 4,950 or 16.5% other; including justified police shootings
- 450 or 1.5% are mass shootings
If you take gang violence and suicide out of gun statistics, the U.S. gun homicide rate of 5,400 looks similar to other G20 countries; ie: nearly non-existent.
Separately, for comparison, 40,000 Americans die annually from drug overdose; 36,00 from the flu, 34,000 in car accidents and 600 in ATV accidents.
And we’re concerned about the GUNS? When two-thirds of gun deaths are suicides who would use a car, drugs or a razor if they had to?
Just imagine if all of that outrage (and funding) was poured into finding a cure for the flu or actually eradicating drugs and gangs (irrespective of their friggin’ rights) or building mental institutions and lobbying for the repeal of laws which have kept lunatics, gangs and drugs on the streets for 30 years and counting. (Thank you ACLU!)
We need to get real about the mental health monster in this country rather than trying to blame inanimate objects for destruction brought on by lunacy. Get those poor people who were turned out onto the streets in the 1980s and beyond to ‘fulfill their potential’ off the streets and into facilities to be cared for.
The cops are one of the few barriers between us and mayhem.
I am always going to give every cop every benefit of every doubt until all the facts are in. If you want statistics on how many cops are bad cops, go to Google and find them yourself. The bad ones need punishment, just as bad doctors, teachers and ministers do, are you going to damn them all?
Cops do work and put up with crap that no one gets paid enough to do. They’re cursed at and see things that most of us couldn’t stomach. Every day. Every day they leave home knowing what awaits them. And yet they do it while hoping that they and their fellow police officers get to go home that night. Alive.
These people are often the only barrier between you and catastrophe, give them the thanks and respect they deserve for trying to protect you and your family.
Leslie Baker lives in Linden.