Or else ... what, exactly? I don't think I like were you're going with this. Law enforcement officers are servants of the people, including the snot nosed smart asses. They are fellow citizens who have voluntarily accepted the responsibility of protecting the public and enforcing the law. The officer on the left appeared way to casual, to my eye, despite the threats he was issuing, and the hand gun he was waving around, to convince me he felt particularly threatened. The officer on the right saw the pistol first, and didn't seem overly alarmed. Certainly didn't draw his weapon and start threatening to, how did his excitable partner so eloquently put it, "blow your f**king head off"? How professional. How respectful. (heart swelling with pride and admiration) What was I thinking? Of course, you guys are exactly right! That officer was displaying the kind of high moral fibre and level head all law enforcement officers should strive for! Without fine officers like that, the deadly and pernicious burned out plate light scourge would have reached epidemic proportions by now! [end sarcasm] My take on this? Officer Barney Cartman, there, decided he didn't like that smart mouthed punk and, when it became clear that the kid was carrying, he used it, and his badge, and his gun, as an excuse to vent and make that kid "respect his atharatai!" Good thing he had his bullet in his gun, that night.Advice: When cops say you can go, then STFU and leave.
Yes I care, but that has absolutely nothing to do with the behavior of that police officer, who, in fact, did nothing to try and convince the kid to rectify his ignorance. Rather, he challenged the appropriateness of him having such a weapon regardless of the circumstances. He could just as easily have given that patronizing speech to you, without regard to how l33t you're handgun skills might be. How about "Please keep your hands on the steering wheel. Do you have a permit to carry that weapon?" and "I respect your right to carry that pistol, but it would be safer and more effective if you developed some skill with it. I recommend a training course with .... ". Regardless of what the kid initially said that pissed the officer off, I think the officer could have executed his duty to the community he serves much more safely and effectively by pursuing a civil and constructive discourse instead of "flexing" his authority to try and teach him some sort of lesson. That officer's reaction went way beyond simple caution, and was unnecessarily confrontational, at best, and down right abusive, at worst. It was the actions of the officer that escalated the tension and the danger level.No one cares that the driver had no idea what kind of pistol he had, and that he never shot it? ???
Not really, no. Once while visiting friends from out of state I was staying at a hotel downtown and couldn't bring my own gun along on the trip. He lent me his .38 revolver. Until I got back to the hotel, all I knew was it was loaded and it was a .38. Never shot it and if he told me the brand I didn't give it much thought at that moment. Just because someone can't answer some irrelevant questions doesn't mean he's doing anything wrong.No one cares that the driver had no idea what kind of pistol he had, and that he never shot it? ???
I guess I do get spun up a little but I don't take any of this personally. I never forget we are first and foremost here to enjoy our common interest in guns, but like you said, nothing wrong with a little lively debate to spice it up.I do however, enjoy seeing everyone spun up a little - and think it is good to debate stuff like this instead of being stuck on one topic (like politics) all the time. I'm just having some fun with y'all... you too AZ...