A blogger is praising a law enforcement officer who respectfully visits with three open-carry protesters and his compliments are being joined by dozens of commenters on the Last Resistance website.
Philip Hodges posted online the video from a Michigan encounter between the officer and several sign-carrying conservatives who were advocating for Second Amendment rights.
"You'll never guess what happens when this sheriff confronts 3 open-carry protesters," Hodges wrote.
"I am usually critical of police these days. But I'm not 'anti-police.' Just like I'm not anti-congressman or anti-senator or even anti-president. But let's face it. Most people today who occupy those positions are corrupt individuals. They exert far more power than their constitutional authority allows," Hodges wrote.
He continued, "The Constitution was written to restrain them, because the Founding Fathers understood the temptations of power that come with holding positions of authority. But we have spineless politicians who are never satisfied with the 'limited' power they wield, so representatives in all branches of local, state and federal government are constantly reinterpreting the Constitution to accommodate their lusts for more power, which in turn takes freedoms and liberties away from the very people who put these 'leaders' in their positions."
Hodges, however, noted there are a few good guys around yet.
"I have to say, this video completely took me off guard. Recently, we've seen so many open-carry protesters (or just ordinary citizens exercising their 2nd Amendment rights) met with paranoid, power-hungry cops who end up arresting them for 'disturbing the peace,' or 'resisting arrest' all because they carried a Glock on their hip or a rifle on their shoulder."
This video, however, "You have to see it to believe it."
According to those to posted the unidentified officer, "This man is a hero."
"We saw the … sheriff car pull up so we all took out our camera-phones right away, anticipating trouble. This officer gets out of his car, waves to us, and walks right over. He shakes all of our hands, introduces himself, and states his purpose for walking over to us. (Somebody got scared and called). He never asked us to disarm, never threatened us, never asked for our names or identification. I think I can speak for everyone in the group that it was an honor to meet this man. This is what we need to see from police officers everywhere! "
On the blog, dozens commented:
- "If all police officers presented themselves as this Dep. Sheriff did, it would go far to restore the respect we USED TO have and show toward our police."
- "Good man! Good man!
- "This sheriff deserves a lot of praise for his understanding of the Constitution."
- "I just wish all sheriffs had his knowledge and attitude."
- "An absolutely great law officer, far and few between today…"
The officer explained, "You guys aren't doing anything wrong. … You got to look at this like this. If you have a can of gas in one hand and a lighter in the other that's going to scare some folks. That's what a gun's going to do to a lot of uneducated…. A firearm to me was like a hammer or a screwdriver."
Added Hodges, "Here's a tidbit from the 'confrontation' that I thought was great, especially coming from a police officer. He asked the group, 'What is the only constitutionally recognized law enforcement agency in the land?' One of the open-carriers replied, 'The sheriff's department.' The Sheriff gave a thumbs-up 'Hoorah' and continued:
"'Every other [agency] was created by statute. That's the FBI, the ATF, your local PDs, everything, DNR – statute, legislature, Congress has created them. The Constitution [only calls for] sheriffs. When I got into this line of work – because I was a young constitutionalist like yourselves – I said I want to work for the sheriff. I could've gone somewhere else and gotten a nice retirement package – the sheriff pays me well, don't get me wrong, I enjoy working for him – but, to me, it's very personal. I hold it in my heart, because it's constitutional,'" the officer said.