Indestructible action heroes hide life-threatening risks police officers take to defend citizens
The Independent Voices
Ron Helus, a sergeant in the Ventura County (California) sheriff’s office, was fatally shot during a mass shooting on Wednesday. Police officers Daniel Mead, Michael Smidga, Anthony Burke and Timothy Matson were wounded by gunfire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on 27 October. Charleston Hartfield, an off-duty police officer and an army veteran, was murdered in Las Vegas on 1 October 2017, while trying to protect music-festival attendees from Stephen Paddock’s rampage. Officer Nicholas Koahou was wounded by gunfire during the 2 December 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.
This is the tally of “good guys”, some of them carrying guns, who were killed and wounded in the deadliest mass shootings to take place in the past three years. Politicians love to invoke the “good guy with a gun” who is supposed to be the super-heroic solution to mass shootings.
Just last month, President Donald Trump declared that “if there was an armed guard inside the temple, they would have been able to stop” the synagogue shooting. The trope is a politically convenient alternative to gun control, obscuring the very real risks armed criminals pose to the people who are already supposed to be our good guys with guns: law enforcement officers.
Elected officials should be ashamed of hiding their inaction behind this vapid slogan. more…
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