“I fled my marital home in my mid-20s with whatever I could fit in a truck,” Erin Easter [above] writes at Fairfield, California’s dailyrepublic.com. “My ex-husband immediately began a campaign of harassment and stalking that went on for years. After numerous calls to the local police requesting assistance, I asked what I should do. An officer suggested I get a gun because situations like ours never end well for the woman. This advice stunned me. I was flabbergasted that a police officer was suggesting I should shoot my son’s father.” Yes, well, here’s the thing . . .
Alameda County rarely issues concealed carry weapons permits. If I still lived there I am certain I would not have been issued a permit, even with countless police reports chronicling my harassment. The officer I spoke to with suggested, “It’s better to be judged by 12 men than carried by six.” Law enforcement was admitting they could not always protect its citizens. The irony blows my mind.
Irony occurs when expectation confronts reality. You’d expect the police — who see the immediate, often horrific effects of violent crime on innocent citizens — to support the right to keep and bear arms without reservation. Some do. Many don’t.
Time and time again, I read of police chiefs opposing open carry or campus carry or some other expansions of Americans’ gun rights. Officials who swore an oath to uphold and defend the United State Constitution. Why is that? Why isn’t there an organization called Police Officers for Responsible Gun Ownership or some such thing?