Rest in Peace?
Miosotis Familia, veteran NYPD officer, was killed last week by a deranged, psychotic man as she sat in a mobile command unit in the Bronx.
Her murder was not unlike the 2014 killings of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafeal Ramos, shot as they sat in their marked cruiser.
Or Dallas police officers Lorne Ahrens, Micheal Krol, Micheal Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patricio Zararripa who were ambushed and murdered in 2016.
Or Brad Garafola, Matthew Gerald, and Montrell Jackson, the Baton Rouge officers also murdered in 2016.
And the list goes on.
All of the officers were armed, a crucial fact, but died because their murderers chose the time and place of execution.
Having a weapon, in fact being an expert in its use, is of no help at all when the killer acts with impulse or stealth.
The horrific deaths of Familia, Liu, Ramos and other officers proves that the idea that more guns make us safer is absolute bullshit.
(Right about this time the “gun in every pot” crowd cries foul saying we should pray and mourn and that it’s no time to “politicize the issue.”)
It’s time to be outraged at spineless, gutless and usually ball-less politicians who claim they are for making officers safer yet aid and abet the flood of guns on the street by sabotaging the FBI, ATF and other law enforcement agencies trying to stem the flow.
We should be so lucky as to have Officer Familia visiting these cowards in the dark of night to inspire terror in their hearts for the murders they cause.
If you want to keep our men and women in blue safe, you need to be for getting guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.
That means better screening and checks.
It also means holding people accountable.
Any other position is absurd, proven so by the murders of armed police officers across our country.
The idea that more guns will keep police officers safer is underpinned by a confluence of fear, ignorance and recklessness.
If that’s your idea, you have the blood of police officers on your hands.