Sometimes, in the dark of night, I have to confess I’m really no better than the people I rant against. When I want an event to support my preferred narrative, I’m also prepared to ignore or minimize relevant facts.
Yesterday’s big news item involved a disgruntled former employee/Muslim jihadi whacko who stabbed and beheaded a lady in the front office and was working on a twofer when a guy with a gun put a stop to his antics. Since everybody in the country has been waiting all week for the first disembodied head to show up, no doubt the Islam-haters are having their own field day. But let’s stick to the really important topic, which is of course gun rights*.
The news industry has been on board for years with the narrative that ‘civilians’ with guns are a danger to their neighbors, and that no legitimate act of armed self-defense ever happens.
So when a good guy with a gun stopped a bad guy with a knife, there was only one way the establishment press could ever imagine that happening, and it involved a uniform. So to them, that’s exactly the way it was. Hence:
The article purports to report that…
Mark Vaughn (sic) is both an employee of the company Nolen attacked and a police officer. He was off duty at the time of the attack.
Technically it appears to be true that Mark Vaughan is an employee of Vaughan’s Food, if by ’employee’ you mean COO and President of the company his parents started. The guy’s a millionaire several times over. This would seem to preclude the possibility of his also being an off-duty cop.
There was nothing contradictory about his being a corporate suit and also a ‘Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy,’ because that title has long been passed out like party favors to contributors and other bigwigs. Sheriffs are elected, after all. In the days before concealed carry licenses became easy to get, it was very common for anybody who wanted to carry a gun legally to seek a ‘reserve’ badge. It was a lot easier if you were rich. I assumed that was what was going on here. Because that fit my narrative.
And maybe that’s still mostly what was going on in terms of Vaughan’s involvement with the local Sheriff’s Department. But in confidently trying to confirm my own prejudice on that score, Uncle Joel ran into an inconvenient truth…
Over the decades I’ve met any number of rich “reserve sheriff’s deputies.” I’ve worked for a few. None were ever ‘off-duty cops,’ because none of them were ever on duty. They weren’t really cops. I never saw one in a uniform.
However I’ve also worked with a few reserve deputies who did have uniforms, because sometimes they actually did do police work. And that may be (he reluctantly conceded) what we’re looking at here.
With or without the uniform, Mark Vaughan bravely did the right thing and deserves all the kudos he’s likely to get for a while.
*Hey, it’s my blog and I’ll assign the priorities.