While I'm not a LEO I've been in Emergency Medical Services for 10yrs and have seen the issues first hand- most officers that I know are PRO CCW. As for the function of "backing-up" LEO as a reason to get a CCW, it is valid, but should NOT be the primary reason. When someone answers that as their justification to obtaining a CCW I start to worry about other issues such as possible impersonator tendencies.
gomanyes: You wrote-
"Most citizens in their right minds who are at a mall and see a guy shooting people will get the hell out of there as soon as possible,... While it's a good idea in theory, I haven't heard of a single case where anything like that has ever happened."
Sorry, but it HAS happened, see my answer here-
"Yes, armed citizens have stopped such events before-
- Appalachian School of Law...
- Trolley Square...
- Pearl High School ...
George A: You wrote-
"Very seldom will any law enforcement official allow a civilian to back them up in a deadly situation like that."
It's not a rare as people think, here's just a sampling-
Armed Citizens And Police Officers
"It was way back in 1932 that the American Rifleman, official journal of the National Rifle Association of America, began publishing abridged newspaper accounts of law-abiding citizens who had used firearms to defend themselves and others and to protect property.
....There is an important--but sometimes overlooked--subset of these cases. Namely, those incidents in which civilians with firearms have come to the aid of law enforcement officers attempting to perform their often dangerous duties. As the following accounts from the American Rifleman illustrate, the armed citizen is the law officer`s best friend."
"Things had turned ugly for Oklahoma Highway Patrol Officer Rick Wallace. He had found marijuana on a speeder, but was overpowered by the man before he could cuff him. Passerby Adolph Krejsek witnessed the altercation and came to the rescue, using his own firearm to help the trooper control the suspect. After helping subdue the assailant, Krejsek used the injured trooper`s radio to call for help.
(The Review Courier, Alva, OK, 1/8/95) (AR 6/95)
...In the finest tradition of armed citizens who take on crime in their communities, Texan Travis Neel helped save a wounded Harris County deputy sheriff`s life. Witnessing the shooting by one of a trio of Houston gang members after a traffic stop just west of Houston, Neel--who was on his way to his pistol range--pulled his gun and fired, driving the officer`s assailants away. An off-duty sheriff`s deputy also came on the scene and joined Neel in covering the deputy, whose life was saved by his body armor. The trio was captured after a manhunt.
(The Post, Houston, TX, 1/22/94) (AR 4/94)
...While the situation ended without incident, armed citizen Michael Acree stood ready to lend a hand when a police officer stopped a carload of unruly teenagers outside his Salem, Connecticut, home. Noticing the youths scuffling with the officer, Acree retrieved his pistol and went out onto his lawn. When the youths saw Acree and his handgun, they calmed down and the situation ended peaceably. Acree earned the appreciation both of town officials and the officer.
(The Bulletin, Norwich, CT, 5/22/93) (AR 9/93)
...Vincent McCarthy wasn`t afraid to lend a hand when he noticed a police officer struggling with a man and woman at the side of the road. He tried to help subdue the man who was kicking the officer in the face. Despite McCarthy`s warnings, the man pressed his assault, and the tour boat captain shot him once in the leg with a pistol he is licensed to carry and stopped the attack. Neither the officer nor McCarthy were seriously injured.
(The Daily Commercial, Leesburg, FL, 4/10/92) (AR 6/92)"
Logic316 : Sorry, I gave you a thumbs down by mistake.
10yrs in Emergency Medical Services- I've seen it first hand and I'm still PRO GUN.
· 1 decade ago