Monday, October 08, 2007

Massacre in Wisconsin...

...perpetrated by an off-duty sheriff's deputy. How to deal with this one? Shall we now ban guns in the hands of cops? Of course not.
Unfortunately, no amount of psychological screening or invasive "flashlight-up-the-butt" questioning can guarantee this won't happen. I'm sure the Wisconsin deputy passed all of these with flying colors; otherwise he wouldn't have been on the force.
Cops are human, just like the rest of us; most are good, some are bad. We have a tendency to put cops, firefighters and other such public servants on a pedestal because of the difficult and dangerous jobs they have chosen to do, but at the end of the day they are just as fallible as the rest of us. Because they ARE us.
Sometimes the sheepdogs we charge with our protection turn out to be wolves. Thankfully that's a very rare occurrence.

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