scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: SCOUTS-L Digest - 1 Feb 2000 to 2 Feb 2000 (#2000-34)
Nancy D. Bass (NDBass@WORLDNET.ATT.NET
Thu Feb 03 2000 - 18:52:19 CST
> From: Kip Keil <kip@VSNET.COM>
> Subject: Re: Law Enforcement Firearms (LONG)
> Imagine your son in a unit, at a park doing a service project. A police
> officer/SA is there, who happens to be on duty (for whatever classifiable
> reason). For my purpose in this scenario, I stipulate the SA is a
> police officer (not so, in the original question). Across the street from
> the park is a [insert name of ubiquitous corner market here]. Armed
> occurs and the assailant comes out the front door. Across the street he
> sees the Scouts and ignores them. Then he sees a cop. He doesn't see the
> SA. He sees the cop. bang bang bang.
Just a suggestion: Original scenario didn't state that officer was in full
uniform at an outing - he was attending a pack/den meeting. There are few
departments that allow on duty officer to shirk their patrol time to go do a
scout activity. better request the day off. And whose to say that many
police officer might just stop by to see what was going on at the park if he
saw a bunch of scout uniforms?Are you trying to say that when the friendly
fuzz drops by to say hi that our scouts should ignore him even though he
shows interest in the activity on the off chance that a criminal might see a
police officer & start firing? Lets not stand next to any defense lawyers or
garbage collectors since many known criminals hang with defense attorneys &
garbage men might smell right?
You might also like to know that when an officer is in civi's he still can
carry his firearm (mandatory).
Now lets get real here. If the officer is off duty he has been trained to
use excellent judgement in these situations. Why would he endanger anyone
(boys & parents alike).
New scenario: Officer in a party store in civilian clothes. Store is robbed.
Does he say, stop police & endanger the lives of other customers or does he
cooperate & pay special attention to detail then, when robber leaves goes
into action, description, direction of getaway etc. Which person are you -
the citizen who blames the officer for not doing anything - or the person
who blames the officer for trying to do something & someone got shot.
Nancy D. Bass, Advancement Chair
Pack 1438 Lakeshore District, DAC