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Sat Nov 9, 2013, 11:47 PM

Why do cops talk about "just wanting to get home" to their families like that's their job?

It's not. Their job is to protect and serve. Part of that includes risking their own lives. When they say they just want to get home to their families, especially after a questionably deadly shooting, this is what I actually hear:

"If it comes down to you versus me, no matter what the circumstances, you'll be dead and I'll be at home eating dinner with the wife and kids."

I thought part of being heroic was expressing a certain level of selflessness.

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Loudly Nov 2013 #1
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Loudly Nov 2013 #4
pipoman Nov 2013 #10
Incitatus Nov 2013 #3
Logical Nov 2013 #9
damnedifIknow Nov 2013 #5
Dawson Leery Nov 2013 #6
Th1onein Nov 2013 #7
Whisp Nov 2013 #8
pipoman Nov 2013 #11

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Sat Nov 9, 2013, 11:54 PM

1. Is it a different, or the same, standard for occupying troops?

 

Shoot first and ask questions later.

Or, as the gun enthusiasts are so fond of saying:

Better to be judged by twelve than carried to the cemetery by six.

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Sat Nov 9, 2013, 11:56 PM

2. It's the same for soldiers. I was going to do a dual post on both cops and soldiers.

But decided against it. However, I hold the same position for soldiers.

In fact, one of the core messages of the movie Saving Private Ryan was that the soldiers were just trying to get home to their family. I always thought that was a really stupid excuse to wage war.

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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 12:03 AM

4. You mean dual post.

 

Right, the soldiers were just trying to get through their draft or voluntary enlistment in order to get through their tour of duty.

It seemed very much to them to be a justifiable excuse to wage war at the behest of a master who stood between them and their normal lives.

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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 08:31 AM

10. Countries and Governments "wage war"

 

"Soldiers " do as they are told or they go to military prison...

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Sat Nov 9, 2013, 11:57 PM

3. Maybe they mean they are willing to take zero risk.

Like if there is a 99.9% chance the thing in their hand is a cell phone, they won't take that .1% chance because they know there will be no repercussion for being wrong.

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Response to Incitatus (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 01:15 AM

9. +1000, no downside to shooting if any doubt. n-t

 

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Response to damnedifIknow (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 12:53 AM

6. +1

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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 01:04 AM

7. I think that's an excuse, and also inflammatory speech.

Come on, let's face it--these days cops are shooting people at will, whether they pose a threat or not. When you have a guy 30 feet away in a wheelchair with a ball point pen, and you say that you felt threatened because you thought it was a knife, well.......it begs credibility.

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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 01:09 AM

8. Why do some cops...

 

you might want to edit. or not

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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 08:34 AM

11. Actually

 

"protect and serve" isn't their job as has been determined by SCOTUS .. their job is to build Criminal cases With no obligation What So ever to "protect" anyone except people in police custody-..

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