Underneath yesterday’s IGOTD, a commentator took me to task for “rallying for more individual rights for some, while criticizing those who use them in the same breath.” Not true. I don’t rally for individual rights “for some.” If you’re an American citizen I support your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Period. (If you’re looking for elitism, please contact your local gun control advocate.) This feature only criticizes those who exercise their gun rights irresponsibly. The fact that the safety-challenged faux Ruskie [who goes under the name FPSRussia] is an inspiration to hundreds of thousands of gun-happy YouTube youth isn’t the reason Kyle gets the IGOTD nod. But it certainly increases the seriousness of his transgressions. Exponentially. The same goes for cops who do stupid things with guns, like this dufus . . .
On one hand, nothing. Officer Testosterone’s just fooling around. A little boastful ironic preening helps ease the tension of a difficult job. Note his trigger discipline. He’s a professional. What could possibly go wrong?
Question: how did he get the shotgun into position without lasering his head or the noggin of the worshipful female law enforcement officer standing stage right? How can he maintain the safety of any one weapon when he has to maintain the safety of three, all of which are pointing in separate directions?
Putting an open-blade knife in your mouth is an open invitation to an event which will distract you from, say, anything else. Like . . . gun safety. I know this sounds crazy, but what if he’s startled? What if the kooky cop has kooky compadres who figure it might be funny to blast a siren to scare him out of his cartoon-like macho posturing?
While I’m no great fan of today’s militarized constabulary, there’s no escaping the fact that the police are still an important role model for kids. By posing for this picture Officer Stupido is telling impressionable minds that it’s OK to fool around with guns. Which it isn’t. Especially for a cop.