We oftentimes criticize the rare, bad-acting police officers here at Guns Save Life when they aren’t living up to their oaths to protect and defend the Constitution.
We think it’s important and refreshing to remind people that the vast, overwhelming majority of police officers are not only good, ethical people just like you and I, but they are almost all gun rights supporters at the same time.
Of course, gun rights supporters are also some of the strongest supporters (and good-acting members) of their local police department and of the United States military.
Here’s a touching story, from Chicago of all places…
Chicago (Tribune) – Children played on a patch of grass in the shadow of Soldier Field until the sound of bagpipes to the north drew their attention, and that of their parents.
As the pipes approached, escorted by police officers on motorcycles and followed by thousands of Chicago Police Officers, parents implored their children to stop playing and line up on the curb to watch for their relatives.
“C’mon, c’mon!” one woman said while nudging a child wearing a paddy cap. “James, daddy’s coming,” another woman said to her child.
Once each year the officers in Chicago — along with some from Cook County and a handful from the New York Police Department — march past the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park at the lakefront near 18th Street. The park features a wall memorializing officers who died in the line of duty.
And though the parade, called the St. Jude Police Memorial March, is open to the public, it exists for police officers scattered across 22 patrol districts, three detective divisions and dozens of smaller units to honor their colleagues killed in the line of duty.
When an officer dies, his surviving kin becomes a Gold Star family, similar to the way families with armed services members killed in the line of duty honor their loved ones with flags bearing a single gold star.
The St. Jude Police Memorial March doesn’t draw many members of the public and the police outnumber the family members who do attend. It also serves as a reunion of sorts, with officers from different parts of the city reuniting with others with whom they had once shared a watch.