Words to ponder

I received this link in an e-mail from a friend. The link points to a blog with a message from a Columbus, OH cop and Police Academy Commander/Professor. It is disquieting. What is worse, is that I’ve had friends and fellow church members ask me the same question, “Is another revolution coming?”

I don’t know. I pray it does not. I fear that it is.

Note From a Cop

Written By; Scott Wagner a Police Academy Commander and Professor at Columbus State Community College in Columbus Ohio, and Commander of the 727 Counter Terror Training Unit.. A 29 year law enforcement veteran, and current Deputy Sheriff, he is the Precision Marksman for the Union County Sheriff’s Office SRT Team.

The fear on the street is palpable. Ever since the election of Barack Obama as President of these United States in November 2008, coupled with the election of a democrat party majority in both the U.S. House and Senate, concern for the United States and personal safety has ignited like a fire in dry grass.

Sales of guns – black guns, rifles, shotguns and handguns (particularly 9mm) everywhere, have gone through the roof. AR15s have literally flown off of dealer shelves, and only now in the spring of 2009, have I seen the display samples of ARs begin to reappear on the wall of my favorite shooting emporium after the initial post election rush.


Manufacturers of ARs are still working to catch up and some of the major suppliers are as much as 150,000 guns behind. Not only that, ammo is in the shortest supply I have ever seen in the 43 years of my shooting life. Have you recently tried to get 5.56mm, 9mm or even 380 ammo?

Supplies of 5.56mm and 9mm ammo are in short supply due to the black gun buying craze; .380ACP because of the rise in people getting concealed carry permits and the resurgence of interest in convenient 380 handguns like the fine Ruger LCP. In fact, in doing a review of the Ruger LCP, my gun store only had a small supply of ONE .380 round on hand, the Winchesters 95-grain SXT, which they had just gotten in. Unfortunately, I had to do a 30-round review of that pistol. There was none other to be found.

What is odd about this new fear is that it is not coming from the average citizen gun owner out there, but it is coming from what to me is an almost shocking source: street cops.

Street cops and SWAT cops that I know from various agencies – rural, suburban and metro – in my area are scared. Cops that before November 2008 never gave much thought (that I knew of anyway) to politics or more
importantly to gun rights. For the most part, these are the guys that didn’t generally have any interest in shooting or gun ownership beyond keeping track of where their duty gun is, and a few of them didn’t even do that so well.

The guys I am talking about now are some of the same guys who used to not even carry off duty on a regular basis- but not anymore. They don’t scare easily, defenders of the Constitution of this State and the United States (as our oath of office reads), have been buying ARs, survival gear, and all the ammo they can lay their hands on. All of them (or I should say “us”) have been discussing and have been acquiring guns to provide a layered perimeter defense.

What are we suddenly so afraid of? Well in our discussions it seems to boil down to four areas.

You can read more at the site, but the four areas are: the federal government, fear that there is an assault weapons ban looming, one that would make the Clinton Ban appear like a look of disdain in comparison, civil disobedience coming if the federal government attempts to confiscate weapons, assault rifles or others, and fear of another revolution.

Read the source and ponder. The police in America are just like us; having the same fears, dreads, and hopes. And, they are preparing. I wonder how much more they know than we do?

Words to ponder

I received this link in an e-mail from a friend. The link points to a blog with a message from a Columbus, OH cop and Police Academy Commander/Professor. It is disquieting. What is worse, is that I’ve had friends and fellow church members ask me the same question, “Is another revolution coming?”

I don’t know. I pray it does not. I fear that it is.

Note From a Cop

Written By; Scott Wagner a Police Academy Commander and Professor at Columbus State Community College in Columbus Ohio, and Commander of the 727 Counter Terror Training Unit.. A 29 year law enforcement veteran, and current Deputy Sheriff, he is the Precision Marksman for the Union County Sheriff’s Office SRT Team.

The fear on the street is palpable. Ever since the election of Barack Obama as President of these United States in November 2008, coupled with the election of a democrat party majority in both the U.S. House and Senate, concern for the United States and personal safety has ignited like a fire in dry grass.

Sales of guns – black guns, rifles, shotguns and handguns (particularly 9mm) everywhere, have gone through the roof. AR15s have literally flown off of dealer shelves, and only now in the spring of 2009, have I seen the display samples of ARs begin to reappear on the wall of my favorite shooting emporium after the initial post election rush.


Manufacturers of ARs are still working to catch up and some of the major suppliers are as much as 150,000 guns behind. Not only that, ammo is in the shortest supply I have ever seen in the 43 years of my shooting life. Have you recently tried to get 5.56mm, 9mm or even 380 ammo?

Supplies of 5.56mm and 9mm ammo are in short supply due to the black gun buying craze; .380ACP because of the rise in people getting concealed carry permits and the resurgence of interest in convenient 380 handguns like the fine Ruger LCP. In fact, in doing a review of the Ruger LCP, my gun store only had a small supply of ONE .380 round on hand, the Winchesters 95-grain SXT, which they had just gotten in. Unfortunately, I had to do a 30-round review of that pistol. There was none other to be found.

What is odd about this new fear is that it is not coming from the average citizen gun owner out there, but it is coming from what to me is an almost shocking source: street cops.

Street cops and SWAT cops that I know from various agencies – rural, suburban and metro – in my area are scared. Cops that before November 2008 never gave much thought (that I knew of anyway) to politics or more
importantly to gun rights. For the most part, these are the guys that didn’t generally have any interest in shooting or gun ownership beyond keeping track of where their duty gun is, and a few of them didn’t even do that so well.

The guys I am talking about now are some of the same guys who used to not even carry off duty on a regular basis- but not anymore. They don’t scare easily, defenders of the Constitution of this State and the United States (as our oath of office reads), have been buying ARs, survival gear, and all the ammo they can lay their hands on. All of them (or I should say “us”) have been discussing and have been acquiring guns to provide a layered perimeter defense.

What are we suddenly so afraid of? Well in our discussions it seems to boil down to four areas.

You can read more at the site, but the four areas are: the federal government, fear that there is an assault weapons ban looming, one that would make the Clinton Ban appear like a look of disdain in comparison, civil disobedience coming if the federal government attempts to confiscate weapons, assault rifles or others, and fear of another revolution.

Read the source and ponder. The police in America are just like us; having the same fears, dreads, and hopes. And, they are preparing. I wonder how much more they know than we do?

Marshal O

I was reading Farmgirl’s account of the police chase in Smalltown, CO. Like many small town police forces, the local LEOs sometimes aren’t the sharpest knife in the drawer. Her account made me remember a lawman from my childhood, Marshal O H. For my privacy’s sake, I’ll not provide this lawman’s real name.

I grew up near Benton, IL. Benton was a farming and coal mining town and the Franklin County seat. Benton also had a “suburb” or as the residents like to say, Benton was a suburb of West City, IL. The two towns were adjacent and grew from two coal mining communities that gradually grew together. Benton had, at that time, a population of around 10,000 people. West City was, at best, a tenth of that.

Getting back to Marshal O. Marshal O was the city Marshal of West City. In fact, I think he was the only law enforcement officer of West City. At least, he was the only one I remember. You see, Marshal O was the template that was later used to develop the character, Barney Fife.

Case in point. The time is 1960, plus or minus a year. Ruger had just begun to sell their single action version of the Colt Single Action Army pistol. Marshal O fell in love with it and bought two, first in .357mag and later in .44mag. He wore them western style one on each hip and would often parade down the line of bars that made up the business district of West City.

Like many small town marshals of that era, Marshal O was paid poorly. Very poorly, but unlike other poorly paid folks, Marshal O could supplement his salary by rigorous law enforcement—traffic fines. He got a cut from every offender he bought in before the West City, JP. Usually this was speeding and other vehicular offenses, but also for truants. In addition to his other duties, Marshal O was also the Truant Officer. Consequently, he roamed West City during the school week looking for school age kids not in school. He liked to find a high schooler cutting classes and out with a car because then he’d get a twofer.

Late in the spring of that year, a kid from another town in the county owned a Ford that he’d been adding some “enhancements.” Perhaps he was working with some of the local moonshiners, perhaps not. But this kid liked to drive—fast. And, through nearby West City. He really liked to tweak Marshal O’s nose.

Marshal O’s squad car was his personally owned vehicle, a 1958 Pontiac. Marshal O had spent quite a large amount of money on “enhancements” on his car as well, plus lights, siren and a radio set up on the Benton and Franklin County radio nets. If Marshal O chased a speeder into neighboring Benton or out into the county, he was very consistent in notifying those agencies that he was in hot pursuit. It also gave him credit for the eventual capture and a few more $$ in his tip jar.

On this particular day, the kid came roaring down the curve entering the west side of West City, right past one of Marshal O’s ambush sites. The kid was spotted and the chase was on. The two tear through West City into Benton, down some side streets to North Main and then north on Illinois Rte 37. The kid weaved in and out of traffic. Marshal O followed lights, blazing and siren screaming.

A few miles north of Benton, according to the report in the Benton Evening News, the kid turned off on a gravel road. At this point, amid all the dirt, gravel and dust, the kid was winning and Marshal O thought he was about to escape and there’d be no one to pay for the new paint job the Pontiac would need after all the chips created by the kid’s flying gravel.

It was getting dark. The sun was about half way down, and the dust made visibility worse so Marshal O decided it was time for drastic measures. He drew his Ruger, rolled down the window and tried to shoot out the kid’s tires. Uhhh, I did say Marshal O wasn’t the sharpest knife in drawer, didn’t I?

Boom! Marshal O fires his first shot. The kid keeps going, a little faster perhaps.

Boom! He fires the second shot. The kid keeps going and the separation is increasing.

Boom! Marshal O fires the third shot and the car engine quits. Marshal O’s Pontiac engine, that is. The kid disappears down the road in the midst of dust.

The next day, Marshal O’s Pontiac is on display out front of the Pontiac dealer “waiting for a bay to open.” Across the hood are three large bullet holes. There is another hole in the radiator, another in the battery, and the prized dual, 4-barreled carb is in pieces.

Marshal O shot his own horse, so to speak. The Evening News printed a picture on the front page of the paper’s next edition, and Marshal O fed county gossip for months. At the beginning of the following fiscal year, the West City city council deleted the office of City Marshal and made a deal with Benton to have the Benton police provide coverage for West City.

Marshal O tried to get other LEO jobs in the county. He even tried to get a job as a Sheriff’s Deputy but no one wanted him. His reputation had preceded him. I don’t remember what happened to Marshal O after that. All-in-all, West City saved some money by having Benton take over from Marshal O.