Choices and Principles
Quick cop story. I remembered this recently, and I think it’s pertinent to the current national situation. I’ll explain why later.
Years ago, I met a police officer from a “commonwealth” state. I didn’t have a good grasp of what that meant. We had a conversation about commonwealth laws, and to this day I’m disgusted that any American cop would say what he said.
At one point in the conversation, the officer said that under his state’s commonwealth laws any type of sex other than regular “missionary position” was illegal. He didn’t understand why. His only explanation was, “It’s a really old law.”
I asked him, “Does anyone in your state expect you to be the sex police? Do any cops enforce that stupid law?”
He answered, “We have to enforce it. There’s a law against a police officer not enforcing a law. So if I don’t enforce it, I get charged with a crime.”
I thought the officer was BSing me. So I presented him with a hypothetical, based on an incident that happened near Houston a year or two earlier.
“How about this. You and your partner get a burglary in progress call at a house. A neighbor thinks he saw two strangers go in the front door. You get there and find the front door open. You enter the house and hear noise in a bedroom. In the bedroom you find a man and woman performing oral sex on each other. You detain them and find out they’re married and it’s their house. The neighbor had made a mistake. Would you arrest them for having illegal sex?”
The officer shrugged and said, “Yes.”
I gave him a you’ve got to be f’king kidding me look. “Dude, come on. Are you telling me you haven’t had oral sex with your wife? In your house?”
“Oh yeah,” he said. “Of course I have.”
“But you’d still arrest this couple for doing the same thing?”
The officer shrugged again. “I’d have to. If I didn’t, I’d go to jail.”
This irked me. Not because I couldn’t believe it, but because I could. Officers have done stupid crap like that before. The incident near Houston I referred to earlier involved a fake burglary call at an apartment. When two deputies entered they found the male renter and another man having consensual sex. The deputies arrested them both, under a very old and very stupid “homosexual conduct” law that has since been removed.
So how is this pertinent to our current situation? Here’s how.
Police officers nationwide are about to be put in a very bad position. Many of us, probably most of us, are avid supporters of the 2nd Amendment. Despite public statements by mostly urban police chiefs, who uniformly speak out against gun ownership and citizens’ rights to armed self-defense, many street cops are passionate believers in both of those things.
Individual sheriffs in several states and a coalition of sheriffs in Utah have pledged not to enforce any laws restricting 2nd Amendment rights. Police officers on social media sites aren’t just saying they won’t enforce new gun control laws, but in some cases are saying they won’t personally comply with them. It’s not a small number of police officers making these statements.
People who look to the UK and Australia as great examples of successful mass firearms confiscation don’t appreciate the huge difference between our cops and their cops. Their cops apparently went along with confiscation. If it comes to that point, many of ours won’t. A law that few comply with and fewer enforce isn’t going to be the success that Senator Feinstein and Governor Cuomo think it will be.
But. . . then there’s my old buddy, the commonwealth officer. The guy who says, “I’ll arrest you for doing absolutely nothing wrong, for doing something that I myself do, even if you’re in your own home. Because a law says I have to.” There are cops like the one I wrote about in My Life as A Tyrant, who literally stole property from innocent people because a communist law said he could. There are cops who knew he did that and said, “It’s legal, so I don’t have a problem with it.” There are cops who say, “If it’s a law, no matter what it is, I’ll enforce it.”
If a law is blatantly wrong, then we’re blatantly wrong for enforcing it. A law that makes criminals out of a husband and wife for having “unorthodox” sex is wrong and shouldn’t be enforced. A law that makes criminals of law-abiding citizens, who own weapons they are guaranteed a right to possess, is wrong and shouldn’t be enforced. A law that orders me to forcibly confiscate property, from people who have committed no crime and are no threat, is blatantly wrong and shouldn’t be enforced.
I don’t care if the law is popular with part of the country. I don’t care if some people think “This will make us safer.” They’re wrong. It won’t. I don’t care if highly placed “leaders” who think the Bill of Rights no longer applies want the law enforced. They can enforce it themselves.
I didn’t take an oath to mindlessly obey any laws or orders placed in front of me. After the Benghazi attack and anti-Muslim movie fiasco, a few voices insisted that “Nobody should be allowed to insult a religion.” If they had somehow passed a law banning “offensive speech against religion”, I’d go to jail before enforcing it.
I took an oath to defend principles. Those principles are enshrined in our Bill of Rights. I firmly believe this is the best country that has ever existed in the history of humanity, because of our fanatical defense of those rights. And the day that someone orders me to violate those rights, the day I have to be that commonwealth officer, is the day I fling my badge into the mud in disgust.
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