Update: Today, a Virginia State Trooper was murdered during a routine traffic stop. Let's honor his life too by Tweeting or Facebooking this: "In honor of Virginia State Trooper J.A. Walker, murdered in the line of duty 3/7/13, I'm thanking an officer today http://bit.ly/sliMlL"
Help me make a difference in their lives friends? Let them know you respect them and care about their safety.
This is my open letter to those who point a gun at an officer of the law and shoot:
He's a man. Just like you. He breathes in and out, sleeps, eats, laughs and He comes home to his wife and children each day. They want to keep it that way. Point a gun at him and you take away a husband, father, son, brother, man.
When he pulls you over, HE'S DOING HIS JOB.
When he writes you a ticket, HE'S DOING HIS JOB.
When he pulls you out of a burning car on the side of the road where no one else can hear your cries, HE'S DOING HIS JOB.
When he risks his life to keep you safe, HE'S DOING HIS JOB.
When his wife lets him walk out the door every day, leaving his family to protect yours, HE'S DOING HIS JOB.
When he works overnight so you can sleep in safety, HE'S DOING HIS JOB.
When he crouches behind cars with an assault rifle looking for a madman, HE'S DOING HIS JOB.
When he pulls over your son for driving drunk, HE'S DOING HIS JOB (& keeping other people alive).
When he arrests you for drug use, HE'S DOING HIS JOB.
When he's hunting you because you broke the law, HE'S DOING HIS JOB.
HE'S DOING HIS JOB
Thank a police officer for DOING HIS JOB today, because he might die for you tomorrow...
It's time for our society to own up to our mistakes. Quit blaming everyone else when we do something wrong. This summer I got a speeding ticket. Know what? It was MY fault and I deserved it. Last May I rear-ended someone because I took my eyes off the road. Know what? It was MY fault and I deserved the consequences.
Stop treating police officers like they're out to get you, as if they have nothing better to do than listen to you complain or make threats against their families (that's right--I know an officer who pulled over a man FOR SPEEDING, and was told by the man that he hoped his family members were all killed by a drunk driver. Really? You REALLY want a man's entire family to die because YOU CHOSE TO DRIVE TOO FAST? Get over yourself).
Last time I checked the Bible said we were ALL sinners. That means we mess up. Make mistakes. Choose the wrong way. We're not perfect and we're not above the law. YOU ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW.
So next time you consider pointing your gun in the face of an officer of the law, look at him. In fact, look beyond him, and remember that's he's just a man, just like you...and let him go home.
PS. I know this is not normally the type of post I write, but this has been brewing in me for about four years. I welcome comments here, but I do moderate them all. I will not publish rude comments. Many of you have left comments reminding me that many police officers are female. Please know that my use of the masculine in this post is simply to be generic, not to downgrade female officers in any way. Thank you.