January 15, 2018 — Gun owners and proponents of the right to keep and bear arms are familiar with the adage “when seconds count, the police are just minutes away.” But what are Americans to think when we see so many stories that show the authorities are not only not always there when we need them, they are sometimes not there to help us when they do show up?
From controversial shootings to the alleged order for police to stand down during looting during the Ferguson riots to the widespread acclaim and outrage over the Netflix series “Making a Murderer,” more and more Americans are becoming increasingly skeptical of the idea that our law enforcement agencies are there to protect and serve the citizens of our cities, counties, states, and nation. A police force that stands aside while chaos terrorizes a neighborhood or that is too quick to pull the trigger is no better—and sometimes worse—than one that doesn’t arrive until it’s too late.
Most Americans want to be able to count on our law enforcement agencies. But the current trend definitely makes more of us question the system and realize that we are, when it comes right down to it, responsible for our own protection.
The biggest problem is that we just don’t know if it’s a case of a few bad apples that make some headlines spoiling the bunch for all of the peace officers who are doing their duty, and a big reason why it’s a problem is that very few seem willing to point out the bad apples. Instead, we see the bad apples getting cover from their fellows and the agencies that employ them.
The latest big example of shocking behavior by an institution that we are supposed to be able to count on is the declaration of a mistrial in the court case against the Cliven Bundy family of cattle ranchers in the dispute that culminated in what’s come to be called the Bundy Standoff.
One of the most damning issues in the prosecution’s misconduct is the fact that the FBI has spent three years covering up the facts about snipers in the standoff.
After the Bureau of Land Management arranged what was described as “the most intrusive, oppressive, large scale and militaristic trespass” cattle seizure they could manage, the Bundy family holed up and claimed that FBI snipers had surrounded them with snipers. They requested help and many responded to the call, including armed militia members. The FBI denied the presence of snipers and the armed standoff ensued, with the federal agencies appearing to be trying to provoke conflict, not resolve the issue reasonably and peacefully.
It’s come out, now that the federal government stopped holding out and finally turned over the documents that they were required to, that the snipers WERE in place and ready to shoot. This, of course, should bring back memories of Ruby Ridge or even Waco, and remind Americans once again that the last thing one should usually hope for is help from the government.
Thankfully, the tense Bundy Standoff ended without much violence and, in the end, at least some of the government’s misconduct had a spotlight on it. We can only hope that that spotlight will give champions of liberty and justice a chance to toss out a few bad apples and send the rest scurrying for cover.