Judge Rules Cops Have No Duty to Protect You – So You Must Be Armed
A federal judge has ruled that terrified sheriff’s deputies had “no constitutional duty” to protect the students inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as they were being massacred by a crazy former student. The judge was specifically referring to the “Broward Coward,” Scot Peterson, who safely hid behind a concrete wall out of sight as the shooting took place.
Peterson, as the sole armed law enforcement officer on campus, also directed responding police officers to set up a perimeter waaaay back from the school. (Wouldn’t want any cops rushing in and possibly getting hurt!) But the ruling obviously applies to all police officers in all places in America. They have “no constitutional duty” to protect you or your children in a dangerous situation.
Students were suing the incompetent Broward sheriff’s department because they were traumatized by the shooting. Their parents were obviously outraged that an armed adult male like Scot Peterson hid like a giant cowardly sack of failure as a teenager carried out an attack a few feet away.
Alas, the court ruling didn’t go the way that the parents had hoped.
This ruling is actually great news, though! It should offer you encouragement to follow two very important instructions from the Founding Fathers.
Instruction 1 from the Founding Fathers: Buy lots of guns and ammo and learn to use them, because it’s your duty as a citizen to protect yourself, your neighbors and your community.
Instruction 2 from the Founding Fathers: Homeschool your kids. If you’ve followed Instruction 1, your children will never be sitting ducks in a gun-free zone again.
After the mass shooting at Columbine High School, police departments across the country verbally implemented a new policy. Rather than cordoning off the perimeter and bringing in a hostage negotiator, these policies state that the responding cops are instead supposed to rush in and confront the shooter.
That’s probably reassuring to some people, but you need to understand that it is a policy. Courts have repeatedly ruled that that under the law – which supersedes policy – cops are entitled to duck and hide from dangerous situations like the Parkland shooting.
Drug-crazed lunatic Maksim Gelman was on day three of a citywide killing spree back in 2013 when he got on the No. 3 train in Brooklyn. Two armed police officers were locked inside the operator’s booth. Gelman, looking crazy-eyed and covered with dried blood, pounded on the door and declared himself to be an undercover cop. The police ignored him and refused to open the door. Gelman was pretty scary-looking, after all.
Gelman then turned around, spotted a Long Island dad named Joseph Lozito seated a few feet away, and announced, “You’re going to die.” Gelman then pulled out a knife and stabbed Lozito in the face. Mr. Lozito, being a mixed martial arts fan, proceeded to perform a good old-fashioned UFC “ground and pound” on Gelman. He tackled and pummeled Gelman, disarming him in the process. Mr. Lozito was stabbed seven times during the attack, as the two armed police officers watched from the safety of the locked operator’s booth.
It was only after Lozito had disarmed Gelman and was in the process of holding him down (and their backup arrived) that the police came out of their hiding place. They tapped Lozito on the shoulder and told him he could let his attacker up at that point. The two police officers were specifically on the train because the NYPD was in the middle of a citywide manhunt – for Maksim Gelman. One of the officers told a grand jury that he hid during the attack because he was worried that Gelman might have had a gun.
When Lozito sued the NYPD for negligence and for grossly endangering his life by leaving him on his own to fight off a drug-crazed murderer who had already killed three people, the court ruled that police had “no constitutional duty” to protect him.
Some cops are great guys, who take their oath to “protect and defend” the citizenry seriously. They’ll run toward the bad guys, because they see it as their duty. Others, like Scot Peterson, are just public sector union employees who are there to collect a paycheck at taxpayer expense. They never miss a coffee break, they embrace all of the stereotypes about cops and donuts, and they will hide and wait for the real men to show up when something dangerous happens.
Unfortunately for you as a private citizen, you don’t get to pick and choose which type of officer will show up first if there’s an intruder in your house.
The only logical response from you as a citizen should be to buy guns and ammo and learn how to use them to defend you and yours. If you don’t know where to start, go to a local gun store and ask lots of questions.
Chances are, the gun store employees will be some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. They’ll welcome you into the “armed and polite” part of society, which understands that your first line of defense really is you, and not the police.