As we consider another Islamist terror attack on the Homeland last week (this time only killing four Americans, so far, but brutalizing dozens of victims and all their families) law enforcement seems obliged to tell us what is already evident. Yes, we’re protected (at significant cost) by what ex-OC Register editorialist Steve Greenhut (Reason.com: Stop Granting Special Privileges to the Police) infers is a protected. superior class, and we must apparently be regularly reminded that them’s a bit different than us sheep.
We were skeptical of an Editorial in the morning’s print Register by Sheriff Sandra Hutchens where she referred to Israel’s experience with terrorism:
But, we need your assistance. On my trips to Israel to study their counterterrorism techniques, I was struck by the fact that Israeli citizens are not merely encouraged to report suspicious activity – rather, they consider it a civic duty. You are in the best position to notice something unusual occurring in your neighborhood or at your workplace. I would strongly encourage you to report anything suspicious to local law enforcement.
It only took a minute with Google to ALSO learn from http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/israel that, unlike Orange County patriots under Hutchen’s overly restrictive Concealed Carry (CCW) policies, Israelis may:
Carrying Guns Openly in Public
In Israel, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed without a permit32
If you’re looking for our assistance, Sheriff, why would you (unconstitutionally, in our opinion) deny us the tools to protect ourselves, our children and property while your folks are expected to be responding? How different might the Boston/Watertown situation have been with an alerted and armed citizenry with their own self-interest and safety in mind? Aren’t you being disingenuous?
As well, given your stance on CCW, the concluding thoughts in your editorial are hard to stomach: “we must not allow acts of terrorism to take away the freedoms we enjoy in this great nation and in this great county”. Or is taking away our freedoms and 2nd Amendment rights YOUR job?