To The Daily Sun:
The assault in Dallas Thursday evening was nothing less than an attack on civilization. As we saw in Baltimore, Ferguson, and repeatedly in other riots, the only thing that stands between civilization and anarchy, where no person or their property is safe, is that thin blue line of police. In Dallas, police ran into danger as civilians fled.
We mourn the loss of the Dallas police officers, and pray that all the wounded, police and civilian, survive.
Although radicalized by others, the person/people who did these shootings was/were responsible for this crime. He/they claimed to want to kill white police, but he/they really didn't care who got hurt, white, black, anyone.
The instigators were politicians like President Obama, community leaders like Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson, office holders like the state's attorney for Baltimore, ministers like Louis Farrahkan, the Black Lives Matter movement, and others who blame police for any incident without knowing the facts, or even despite the facts, to promote hatred of police. The media is culpable for disseminating irresponsible and false statements.
The instigators were people who claim every victim of police shooting or arrest is an angel despite long criminal histories. They are the people who excuse bad, self-destructive behavior rather than demanding that everyone follow the law, obey authorities, and behave constructively.
We who want to live in a civilized society share in the blame for tolerating politicians, office holders, and others who lie about police actions, stoke anti-police feelings, and instigate racial strife; and for watching/listening/reading the media which disseminates and endlessly repeats anti-police statements.
The media promotes every police mistake or abuse, but ignores that brave police normally end dangerous armed confrontations without any injuries. Of course bad police should be dismissed or, if appropriate, prosecuted. But, every policeman and policewoman has a right to go safely home every night. They have a right to defend themselves and others. In doing their dangerous jobs, always having to be prepared to protect themselves, mistakes will occur and people will be hurt.
Part of the effort to reduce police mistakes must be to demand that people follow police commands explicitly and unthreateningly. These actions will reduce mistakes.
Hopefully everyone joined in the moment of silence on Friday in support of the Dallas police. And, hopefully we will all do a better job of supporting our police who nearly always perfectly perform their difficult and dangerous jobs.
"Thank you" to my local Meredith Police, to our county sheriffs, to our state police and to police throughout America.
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