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  •  Once again we're reminded of the danger of (10+ / 0-)

    having so many weapons in the hands of demented miscreants. So often we hear of how police over respond with deadly force, a legitimate complaint. Yet this incident illustrates the reason why our officers react promptly, often out of fear.

    Each traffic stop, each call for help does present an unbelievable risk to our first responders so long as guns remain so readily available to criminals.

    My sympathies go out to the families, friends and colleagues of these four men. May their sacrifice not be forgotten, nor minimized.

    "If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." JFK - January 20, 1961

    by rontun on Sun Mar 22, 2009 at 10:13:56 PM PDT

    •  I share your concerns (6+ / 0-)

      about the weapons out there, lurking.  I cannot imagine why people (any people) think that allowing even more weapons is a good idea.  And I certainly share your sympathies for the families and friends of these brave men.

      May they rest in peace, knowing that we honor their bravery.

      "Let reverence for the laws . . . become the political religion of the nation." ~ Abraham Lincoln

      by noweasels on Sun Mar 22, 2009 at 10:17:11 PM PDT

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    •  one thing everyone can do to... (12+ / 0-)

      ...ease the stress on police officers during traffic stops is:

      If you get pulled over, turn off the motor and at night turn on all the lights inside your car so everything is visible.  Roll down the window, and then keep your hands at the 11:00 and 1:00 position on the steering wheel.  Ask before reaching down to get your wallet, or into the glove box for your registration.  

      Small stuff in a way, and perhaps not uppermost in your mind when you're going through the embarrassment or frustration of a traffic stop.   But it's all about putting yourself in the other person's shoes when they're in one of the most dangerous situations on the job.  

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