Why officers won't do what Bloomberg suggests

No matter where you stand on the issue of citizens’ gun ownership (full disclosure: I’m a lifetime member of the NRA), I have to believe just about every PoliceOne Member will be as appalled as I had been upon hearing about the comments of Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday’s episode of CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.”

The Mayor of New York has long been an anti-gun activist, and has chosen to use the dreadful tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, to press his political agenda.

My jawbone about hit my clavicle when a very good friend of mine called me on the phone yesterday and told me that Bloomberg stated on national television, “I don’t understand why police officers across this country don’t stand up collectively and say we’re going to go on strike, we’re not going to protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what’s required to keep us safe.”

Well, Mr. Bloomberg, I do understand why officers in this great nation will not do what you suggest.

Because they have sworn an oath to protect their communities from criminals.

They have studied diligently and trained vigorously to meet whatever evil that may confront them on the streets anytime they go 10-8.

They have taken it upon themselves to be the sheepdogs protecting the flock from the wolves.

They take their duties seriously, and no matter where they stand on the Second Amendment in the United States Constitution Bill of Rights, they approach their jobs with professionalism and valor so great that it will forever evade your imagination.

Bloomberg’s comments reveal his utter disdain for the victims of the tragedy in Aurora — New Jersey Governor Christie correctly assessed, in my opinion, that Bloomberg is simply using the dead and wounded as "political pawns."

Bloomberg’s comments also reveal his complete lack of comprehension about police officers and the profession of policing.

Bloomberg could begin any sentence thusly, and be completely correct. 

“I don’t understand why police officers...”

Yes, Mr. Mayor, you most certainly don’t. 

Here’s to the Warriors. Here’s to American LEOs.

About the author

Doug Wyllie is Editor at Large for PoliceOne, responsible for providing police training content and expert analysis on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 900 feature articles and tactical tips. Doug is also responsible for planning and recording the PoliceOne Podcast, Policing Matters, as well as being the on-air host for PoliceOne Video interviews. Doug also works closely with the PoliceOne Academy to develop training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

Doug regularly represents PoliceOne as a public speaker in a variety of forums and is available for media interviews — he has appeared on numerous local and national radio and television news programs, and has been quoted in a host of print publications. 

Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA).

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