By Nathan Barton
At Quora.com, an interesting and often frustrating site, this recently was posted:
Paul Harding, listing himself as a Deputy Sheriff (since 2000), replied. His reply, “upvoted” (seconded) by at least two other law-enforcement types, is worth sharing.
I wouldn’t be at home. I’d be at work, going door-to-door.
Knock Knock Knock
Good morning, ma’am. I’m Sergeant Harding with the Sheriff’s Office. Sorry to disturb you. As I’m sure you’ve heard, today is gun confiscation day. You wouldn’t happen to have any guns here would you?
No? They fell in the lake? Tragic. There seems to be a lot of that going around.
Hey! While I’m here, you wouldn’t happen to have any child porn or illegal drugs in the house? Maybe the dismembered corpse of someone you murdered? A sex slave chained up in the basement, maybe? Would you mind if we checked?
No, ma’am, we have no warrants. Just out going door to door for gun confiscation day.
You don’t want us to search? Well, no worries, ma’am. We all still have that right, at least. Here’s my business card. Some federal agents may be by to double check my work. Please show them this and tell them I was already here. Also, if one of your guns should happen to turn up, please don’t shoot the federal agents.
That’s about how it would go, so long as the 4th amendment wasn’t abolished along with the 2nd. If you abolished the 4th as well, then I guess I’d be too busy at the riots to go door-to-door, unless you also abolished the 1st, in which case I’d be even busier at the riots.
Well, what do you think?
Even if this cop is honest about what he would do in a case like that – that he believes in the Constitution of the United States and his duty to support and defend it – what about his brother and sister thugs in blue (or tan or black)? Will they also do this?
Or will they prevent the “freedom-loving” cop from playing his little game? Will he be the first to be rounded up and disarmed? Or just gunned down by his brother and sister thugs? Or will he decide to go along to get along, with worry for his family and fate?
Any of these outcomes is possible, not just for this man but for any cop. No matter how well taught, how loyal to the Constitution, how knowledgeable of liberty. We cannot know and will not know until the balloon goes up.
And we know that many cops are taught it is right – even “honorable” and moral – to lie about things like this. We know that many cops are brutal, child- and spouse-abusing, arrogant elitists who worship the state and believe that they are the only ones who should be armed.
I like to believe that most of my comrades in arms, even those serving today who could be my children or grandchildren, would live up to their oath to the Constitution and NOT become the kinds of thugs that German, Japanese, Soviet, or Union troops did in time of war. It is some that I want to believe, but dare not trust that to be the case.
Neither can we trust the guy or gal in blue or black uniform, even if they live next door or sit in the pew in front of us every Sunday.
We must be prepared to resist (or avoid) the efforts of cops and politicians and bureaucrats to disarm us and steal other rights from us. Every effort. No matter how it is worded, how it is supposed to prevent some horrible fate.