This week we observe and pay tribute to the officers who have given their lives in the line of duty or who have been disabled because of the job. There have been at least 36 line of duty deaths since the beginning of 2018 (as of May 7th). This morning in one of our LEO wives groups, a wife reached out needing to talk to the group. Her hubby had been involved in a shooting and appeared to be hit, but "ok". It is heartbreaking to hear from the wives as they try to wrap their minds around the situation. Officers go into the job knowing that part of the job could entail them losing their lives, but they do it anyway. Many join to make a difference and have an overwhelming sense to want to protect others. I know there are many gun owners who don't like law enforcement or laws in general, but society needs them. You may dislike officers because you have an issue with authority, or you believe them to be the thugs of a corrupt government, but we need them to help keep the peace. I am not blind to think that all officers are good just because I am married to one. We have all seen examples of the abuse of power and of officers who have hurt or killed others because they were bad people. We should all be happy when justice is served and those bad officers are charged. It is a small percentage of officers (regardless of your personal opinion of officers). Just because you don't like law enforcement does not make all officers bad so just stop with that mentality. The media has helped fuel this hate (along with key prominent political trouble makers) and when all you hear is the bad, you start to believe that all are bad. Police officers are human beings with real emotions and real families and are not robots. As a LEO wife it saddens my heart when police are bashed without real proof something is wrong. Look at the executions of officers that have taken place, fueled by anti police administrations and race bating. Innocent officers who have done nothing wrong, who want to help their communities have had a target on their backs, and previous administration didn't condemn that. How many times can you count law enforcement was thrown under the bus by said administration... There are so many very good officers out there whose heart is to serve their communities, yet all officers receive the same judgement of being evil. Social Media has given a platform to keyboard commandos to spread hate, yet those same people most likely have never reached out to their local officers to get to know them. They jump online to complain and bash, but never take actual action to change things in their own communities. If there truly is a problem, DO something to expose the problem, don't just complain. That is happening here in my own county. I've listened to people in our small town complain about the deputies, yet they don't do anything but jump online complaining in the town forum. Go to the departments, get involved at the local level to make a difference. Do something other than just complaining, stop listening to the anti cop rhetoric and get involved to get to know people. Take the time to thank an officer for just being there. Gun owners talk big about how they don't need to call law enforcement because they will take care of the problem themselves, but you can't solve everything on your own. When my sister was stabbed beaten and raped, it took several departments to catch the criminal. Were all the gun owners going to gather themselves together for a manhunt? I think not, but the officers left their families for days on end to find the person who almost killed my sister. Some gun owners were actually incredibly insensitive and blamed her for not having a gun on her to begin with without knowing all the info. I will save that rant for another day however.... No matter what, thank an officer today. Get involved where you can to stay connected to what is going on. Help keep things in check as civilians and stop perpetuating a lie that all officers are bad. You may need one one day, and no matter your opinion on them, they will still come and help you.
- A Leo Wife
RIP to all officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. #BackTheBlue
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