When the Wolf is at the Door

Tough talk or social theories sound good when behind a podium or at the front of a lecture hall, but the only thing that really counts is what you do in the face of a real threat. Shortly after the recent attacks in Paris, ISIS affiliates released a video naming US cities as future targets. Now that the wolf is knocking on their door, residents and leaders are changing their tune.

NYC’s Mayor, Bill de Blasio, who has spent a great deal of his tenure criticizing police tactics and procedures, addressed concerned citizens of the Big Apple by touting the NYPD’s capabilities. “The NYPD is the most capable police force in the country, with a robust counterterrorism operation that was just strengthened with an investment of 500 additional officers.”

During a 60 Minutes interview, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier urged members of the general public to actively resist, and even attack, a potential terrorist. “Your options are run, hide or fight, if you’re in a position to try and take a gunman down, or take the gunman out, it’s the best option for saving lives before the police can get there.”

NYPDSo, when running for office, Mayor de Blasio made it a point to question the NYPD’s attempts to identify and remove threats from city streets. As those same city streets were flooded with protestors, the Mayor chose to stand against the members of the NYPD and joined those protestors in questioning their split second decisions. But, images of Times Square appear in an ISIS video and the Mayor deploys fully outfitted officers to the area, announces additional security at public venues and cannot seem to say enough about how professional and well trained the officers are.

Meanwhile, Chief Lanier has made a career out of supporting our nation’s capitol in its unconstitutional practice of blocking the 2nd Amendment – even after a 2008 U.S. Supreme Court decision to the contrary. Despite previously questioning why law abiding citizens need to possess personal firearms, even in their own homes, when what they should really be doing is calling 911, she is now calling for the exact opposite. Of course, I am not sure what D.C. citizens will use to take down a terrorist as I am sure all weapons have been properly registered or turned in; after all, that is the law right?

Many news outlets and pro-gun websites have repeated these statements over and over all while pointing their fingers at de Blasio and Lanier as they shout “hypocrite!” But the truth is they are not hypocrites, they are average human beings. Politics aside, it is human nature to question the need for a strong military or police presence until it is actually needed; then, it cannot be strong enough or close enough for even the most liberal hater. History is full of such behavior and I fear this is an aspect of history which is bound to repeat itself. Whether NYC or Washington D.C. experiences a future attack or not, the public and politicians will eventually call for the dogs to be chained once again. The only difference will be how long it takes.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
Tom Burrell

1 thought on “When the Wolf is at the Door

  1. Meanwhile today in Arizona, Sheriff Joe made this announcement, in part-

    “….But Sheriff Joe also highlighted the important roll concealed carry permit holders will play in Maricopa County:

    The volunteer posse can’t do it alone, so with nearly 250,000 Arizonans carrying concealed weapons, terrorists with evil intent entering large gatherings, including shopping malls, should be worried about armed citizens who will be ready to defend themselves and others.”

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