This was copied from a social media site I follow attributed to a fellow Sheriff in Illinois. It claims that it is in the Sheriff’s handwriting and is posted on the door so all his staff members can see as they come and go from the Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff: Well said sir and please pardon me for sharing it with all. However, it is wise, sage and sound advice; not only for those brothers and sisters in public safety, but for all good Americans.
We have lost too many of our brave law enforcement Officers in the Republic. It seems that miscreants in our society have publicly declared war on those who are responding 24/7/365 to calls for service from those in need. It is time for this to stop and some of that responsibility rests with each and every one of you.
It is time for the media to stop glorifying the names of the criminals and begin honoring the names of the heroes. It is time for the foul rants and raves of the miscreant hoard declaring war on our law enforcement and society to stop being displayed by the media and being shared on social media. Those who choose the life of crime should be recognized only as part of the filthy bowels of humanity that they are.
How is that our responsibility? When the local and national media portray these miscreants in a neutral fashion as they sometimes do (or try to show them in a positive light), that media needs to hear from you in a polite, firm and professional manner. They need to know that the good Americans do not want this and will not support it. They need to know that you will not support their advertisers as well. Their advertisers need to hear this from you, again in a polite, firm and professional manner. When you see these rants on social media, do not share them publicly, giving them the notoriety they seem to crave.
How do we protect ourselves? Gunsite has taught situational awareness since our inception. It has always been of paramount importance, but needs to be brought to the forefront again.
When was the last time you read “Principles of Personal Defense” by Jeff Cooper? When was the last time you gifted the book to or discussed it with someone you care about? It is a small book of about 40+ pages that can change/save your life.
It is time for you to learn, review or re-learn those seven (7) Simple Principles of Personal Defense. Include them with your everyday practice of the Color Code. Do not go in the world in “White.” Rather, practice your awareness at every opportunity. It is not being paranoid, but simply recognizing that the world continues to be a dangerous place and you shall not be surprised and be a victim.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those many law enforcement Officers families that their loved one has given their last full measure.
Gunsite shall redouble our efforts to see that all good people can protect themselves and their loved ones in every way we can.
As our late friend and former Gunsite Rangemaster Louis Awerbuck was known to say: “Check 6.”
Offered with great respect,
Sheriff Ken P. Campbell (Ret.)
Chief Operating Officer
Gunsite Academy, Inc.