Because f*ck you, Officer Anonymous.

And I say that from the bottom of my heart.

Officers have to go through a stringent hiring process that includes a psychological examination. The same is true for federal agents. After these tests along with backgrounds and numerous other hiring steps, we are trained how to use a firearm and when to use it appropriately.

Yes, and that has historically worked out so very well, hasn’t it? This stringent evaluation and training procedure has eliminated all problems with LEO misconduct. Except for the thousands of times it didn’t.

Really, if you’re going to cite examples you should choose ones that don’t undercut your own argument. If you can find any.

I’m merely suggesting an additional step to the firearm purchasing process. Now it may not be a quick step, but why are you in a hurry to buy a gun? Last-second Christmas gift? Forgot an anniversary and the wife really needs that pink Walther P22?

I suggested this idea in one of my lively gun debates, and the person I was arguing with stated that would just be another way “they” could control who purchased guns and who couldn’t. They continued with “they” making it more difficult to overthrow said government. I was fairly certain this person wouldn’t pass a psychological.

(sigh) And I see we’re back to reasoned discourse. Because no matter how many assurances you give that you intend a balanced, open discussion, going straight to ridiculing and knocking down straw men is clear indication that you were lying about that. I won’t bother fisking the Red Dawn barb, which is too old and blunted for much penetration anyway.

And I wouldn’t even bring up this tired, hackneyed excuse for an argument if it weren’t for its source. “Officer Anonymous” claims to be a police officer. He says he doesn’t want to ban “civilian” gun ownership. He simply, and in a completely common-sense way, wants lengthy psychological examinations of all prospective gun buyers to ensure that they are qualified to be permitted to exercise their inalienable rights. And he wants full registration of all firearms of all descriptions except, presumably, his.

Of course there’s nothing new here, so why bother, right? Well, like I said, Officer Anonymous claims to be a cop. And in Officer Anonymous’ notion of a sane world, you can make statements like the following with a straight face:

In Utah, we have had many individuals walking around with open carry weapons around malls and theaters. Should I still feel safe and hope you are a sane person? If you are that person, should you really be offended if police approach you with guns drawn?

Officer Anonymous, should I feel safe around you and hope you are a sane person, knowing that you consider yourself empowered by law to approach me at any time with gun drawn despite the lack of any probable cause whatsoever? If you made me nervous and I ‘approached you with gun drawn,’ would you consider that reasonable behavior on my part?

I didn’t think so. F*ck you, Officer Anonymous. Glad we could have this discussion.

H/T to Codrea.

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5 Responses to Because f*ck you, Officer Anonymous.

  1. BobG says:

    We get a few police like that in here in Utah. Most of them are either the type that like feeling powerful, or moved here from California.

  2. Buck. says:

    I passed the Psych evaluation for the California Highway Patrol once upon a time. Failed the second physical to actually get into the academy because my knee is just wrecked.
    Physically I could and still can outrun the woman who recruited me. She retired a few years ago a 230 pound captain who waddled more than walked.
    The guy who was the chief of police in Durango CO offered me a job working for him in the mid nineties.

    There are those, some with actual medical degrees who say I am batshit crazy. I disagree, but that just seems to fuel some of them. Yet were it not for my knee being the excuse they used because they were not hiring white straight males in 1990 I would be in the CHP. A friend who was Hispanic and had worse knees than I did go and he is batshit crazy. Thank God for affirmative action.
    Joel, can you imagine what an asshole I would have been if I had become a cop?

  3. Joel says:

    It’s not a pretty mental picture, dude.

  4. John says:

    In the world occupied by officer anonymous, anyone that wants to own a handgun qualifies as batshit crazy- – –

  5. everlastingphelps says:

    To quote General Turgidson from Dr. Strangelove:

    President Merkin Muffley: There’s nothing to figure out, General Turgidson. This man is obviously a psychotic.
    General “Buck” Turgidson: We-he-ell, uh, I’d like to hold off judgement on a thing like that, sir, until all the facts are in.
    President Merkin Muffley: General Turgidson! When you instituted the human reliability tests, you *assured* me there was *no* possibility of such a thing *ever* occurring!
    General “Buck” Turgidson: Well, I, uh, don’t think it’s quite fair to condemn a whole program because of a single slip-up, sir.

To the stake with the heretic!