Unfortunately, Americans who support legal gun ownership have become understandably wary of law enforcement. Numerous accounts have surfaced in recent months of officers confiscating firearms and disrupting events designed to celebrate and protect the Second Amendment.
While individual police officers certainly have the prerogative to advocate for more restrictive gun control, they are ostensibly bound by laws currently on the books. Using their own moral judgement in enforcing the law is a gross miscarriage of their prescribed duties.
Much to the delight of those gathered for a recent open carry demonstration, at least one Michigan deputy is not afraid to let citizens exercise their rights.
In response to the Orion Township protest, someone in the community called authorities to complain. Luckily for those in attendance, the responding officer was deputy Paul Buell.
According to a recap of the event posted online along video of the incident, protesters initially feared the worst.
When they saw Buell’s squad car approach, the narrative states, “we all took out our camera phones right away, anticipating trouble.”
Instead of chastising the group, though, the deputy reportedly “gets out of his car, waves to us, and walks right over,” the unidentified writer continues. “He shakes all of our hands, introduces himself, and states his purpose for walking over to us.”
Though he was obligated to respond to the complaint, Buell recognized that there was nothing illegal about the peaceful gathering of armed Americans.
“I’m out to catch bad guys,” he told the group, “not people that are exercising their constitutional right.”
The conversation continued, including Buell’s assertion that only “uneducated” people are instinctually afraid of guns.
A general consensus among those present was “that it was an honor to meet this man,” wrote the online author, definitively calling Buell “A HERO.”
As professional and congenial as this deputy was, it is a sad commentary on our common culture that his behavior is regarded as heroic. Conservatives, specifically gun owners, have grown so accustomed to having their liberties curtailed that the mere reaffirmation of those rights constitutes grounds for celebration.
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