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by Richard C. Evey - Libertarian/Patriot

The American people have been told for years that law enforcement work is the most dangerous job in the United States.
Since September 11, 2001, this has been shoved down our collective throats: that law enforcement work is the most dangerous job and we must honor them with massive funerals, memorials, speeches and tears (real or fake).
Who has the most dangerous occupation in the United States of America?
Before I give you the answer to this very easy question, I ask you if you have read an article titled “Real Heroes”?
I have stated on many occasions, a statement of Super Chicken “you knew the job was dangerous when you took it” but is law enforcement the most dangerous job. The most dangerous job you cannot refuse, quit, you cannot resign from,  you never even had to apply for it. Those who have the most dangerous job are not even being paid for it. Our creator gave it to us.
The truth is that law enforcement work is not as dangerous job as we have been lead to believe and is maybe one of the safest jobs to have.
There are 250 million people in this country (officially). In 2005, 43,443 people were killed on the American highways. In 2005, 16,692 private citizens were murdered in this country, these are the ones that we know about and were reported to law enforcement. In 2005, there were 673,146 non-federal law enforcement officers in this country: state, county, local; that is one law enforcement officer for every 300 people. In 2005, 39 non-federal law enforcement officers were killed on the American highways while on duty. In 2005, 55 non-federal law enforcement officers were killed while on duty, this includes the 39 killed on the highway.
In 2005, 30 children were murdered while attending school. The locating of school resource officers (law enforcement officers) and the passing of “gun free zones laws” has not stopped the murder of our children.
Side Note: In 2005, there were over 125,000 federal law enforcement officers, official numbers could not be obtained.
In 2005 only one, yes one, federal law enforcement officer was killed in the United States, not one was killed while driving a vehicle.
The 55 law enforcement officers that were killed in 2005 were killed in just 24 states and Puerto Rico. Of the 55 who died, 15 died while in vehicle pursuits or traffic stops.
We, the American citizens, go about our lives in somewhat relative safety, we hope. However, the real truth is that we, as private citizens, are more likely to die in a violent manner, than those who wear the badge and it does not matter whether we walk the street or drive on the highway.
The criminal element will avoid the uniform and badge and pick a target that is most vulnerable. The private citizens that is on their way to work or the store are real targets, because the criminal can read their victims like we read a book.
Undercover law enforcement officers are not and do not look, appear or make themselves into a possible victim. Undercover law enforcement officers do not want a confrontation where they do not have complete control of the situation; the same is true of the criminal element. Maybe, that is why some experts compare law enforcement and criminals on the same plane. The criminal picks their victims very carefully. They, the criminal, do not want trouble, confrontations or to get hurt, same as law enforcement. The criminal will harm you but they do not want to be harmed, same as law enforcement.
The private citizen can appear different in public but we are and should be more concerned with everyday life and not having to look over our shoulder every second. We can try to be aware of what is going around us and we should be but there are too many distractions in this very difficult life that we have.
The elected officials (federal, state and local) make laws, rules and regulations, influenced by law enforcement officers. Judges make decisions based on what law enforcement officials and what elected officials want. Rarely do judges make decisions based on the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
The private citizen is in no way able to challenge or influence what is put into law, what rules are made or regulations are put into place by these elected official. There is no way that we are able to influence the judicial system in favor of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
The private citizen is at the mercy of the elected officials, law enforcement, the judicial system and the criminal element. The rights granted to us by our creator, to protect ourselves and be able to go about our lives in relative safety has been limited by unjust and unconstitutional laws, rules and regulations.
We, as private citizens, not elected officials, judges or law enforcement officers, are an unprotected group. We must fend for ourselves in a country that hinders the rights of law abiding, freedom loving people, who just want to be left alone, to live their lives in peace and safety without the government telling us what to do.
The private citizens of this once great country of ours have the most dangerous jobs. We are at risk no matter if you live in Havelock, NC, Rapid City, Iowa or Fresno, CA.
The private citizen must protect themselves. The Supreme Court in 1981 (Warren v District of Columbia) ruled that law enforcement officers owe “no duty” to protect the individual; law enforcement is there only to protect the community, the elected officials and the elite.
Every state within the United States has legislation or court rulings that law enforcement owes “no duty” to the individual, if you question this read the book “Dial 911 and Die”. A lower court dealing with the same case ruled that police, fire and rescue have no legal obligation to respond to a 911 call. Who is there to protect us.
We, the private citizen, are on our own. We are restricted by unjust, unfair and
unconstitutional laws, rule and regulations that put us at risk.
The sad truth is that if we defend ourselves, we are held above those that are sworn to protect us and we become the criminals.  The paraphrase; “use a gun, go to jail, wear a badge, paid vacation”, is more true today that it was when it was first stated.
While those that are suppose to protect us, no matter what they do, are not held accountable for their actions; right or wrong.
Law enforcement officers, federal and non-federal, have been told, trained and brained washed to the fact the we, the private citizen, are the enemy. We are the dangerous ones, we want to get them and law enforcement treats us in that manner. Consider the past years and the number of law enforcement shooting that have occurred in this country: mistaken identity, wrong address, over zealous actions or just plain incompetence. No matter what happens they are not held accountable and they walk the street, free and the private citizens walks in fear.
Who should we be concerned about and who is there to protect us?
You know who the enemy is and you know who can protect you. There is no one there for us but us.
But, We can save this republic!

Richard C. Evey, Havelock, North Carolina. A Retired federal employee, active Libertarian, ran for local city office, NC state senate, never elected. Is host of a local talk radio show.


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