I have been carrying a firearm. personally and professionally for over 40 years.
Let’s lay down a little ground work. Police officers. Police officers do not carry a firearm for YOUR protection. They carry a firearm for self defense. SELF DEFENSE. Not defense of anyone else. IF they decide to employ that firearm in defense of someone else, it is a personal decision, made by them, and made in the moment. Neither right or wrong. But a personal decision none the less.
When my wife and I discuss carrying our firearms, we frequently “war game”. We discuss scenarios. Current situations and what we would do. And we do this frequently. Our number one discussion point that we make sure we’re both aware of is we carry firearms for SELF DEFENSE. Defense of ourselves and each other. Our family. We don’t carry one to protect you. We don’t carry firearms to protect businesses. We don’t carry firearms for any other reason than for us, our family, to be able to go home.
This is absolutely where I part ways with Kyle Rittenhouse. Mr. Rittenhouse should have never put himself in that position. In doing so, in spite of the complete acquittal, he has opened himself up to many years (yes, years) of civil litigation by injecting himself into a situation where he employed deadly force. Successfully. Yes, it was self defense. But he still injected himself into a situation where it was someone else’s fight. If he was protecting his personal of family property he should have stayed on that property and only engaged on that property. My opinion. your approval or agreement is neither sought nor required.
Never inject yourself into someone else’s fight. Never inject yourself into someone else’s fight. OUR rule. You do you. But be prepared for the consequences and understand they can be long, drawn out and expensive.