From the Cop and Soldier side: In the many years I’ve been both a cop and a Soldier, I have found that in both professions there are some folks who get paid to do the job, but are not professionals….and there are many who actually master the trades and are true professionals.
Take Firearms for example. No firearm was ever designed to enforce the law or win a war, they were only designed to help protect those who’s job it is to defend. (Can we explain that to the politicians? No weapon will win a war, it’ll always be the troops who do that.)
CI Roller showing rookie how Para LDA .45 shoots
Since I am a firearms instructor in both areas (police and army) I get to see varying degrees of competency. I’m not talking about the rookie cop or the new private who’ve just been issued their firearm, but I am talking about the people who’ve been in either profession for years, and still have no idea how to properly handle and shoot a weapon.
And, the problem compounds the longer these people stay in either business. They continue to build on bad habits and lack of skill.
My next few postings will be some stories about such folks.
In Telafar, Iraq 2005
Take “Norm” the cop. In the days I worked with him, we were still being issued the Smith & Wesson Model 66 Stainless Steel .357 Magnum revolvers. A fine weapon for it’s time, but lacking in that it only held 6 rounds, but almost idiot proof. But, remember my saying: “Whenever they make something Idiot Proof, they will always make a better Idiot to overcome the features.”
Norm liked to pull his pistol out whenever he could. In those days, nobody seemed to care…no citizen’s complaints and such. He’d pull it out so often, that we thought maybe he was afraid to deal with crime without it. “It’s not the gun that enforces the law, it’s the cop…the gun only protects the cop.”
Norm had so many negligent discharges that everybody was afraid to walk in front of him. One time he cranked off two rounds whilst kicking open a bathroom door and fired into the ceiling. The worst thing was, when the watch commander conducted a roll-call inspection two months later, Norm hadn’t replaced the two rounds he’d fired…thus only having four live bullets in his pistol. Does the word “retard” apply here?
More stories to follow….