NFL Disarms Law Enforcement

NFL Disarms Law Enforcement

Are you ready for some football!  Maybe not if you are a federal, state or local law enforcement officer.  Off duty law enforcement officers will now be prohibited from carrying their firearms into all National Football League (NFL) stadiums under a new League policy.

It’s hard to imagine a more target rich environment for a madman or terrorist group than the crowds that gather for America’s other great pastime.  An attack on an NFL game wouldn’t have to be as sophisticated as the one imagined in the 1977 film, Black Sunday to successfully spread terror and damage the way of life that we’ve come to cherish.  A mass casualty attack on an NFL game could now be accomplished by an individual or group wielding edged weapons as we’ve seen with a number of high profile knife attacks in firearms restrictive zones over the years.  Yes, there are still on duty and contracted police officers stationed at games but why would you give up a trained, sober (you’re not drinking if you’re an off duty cop carrying), ‘undercover’ and free security presence embedded with the crowd.  After some of the shenanigans that have taken place over the years at NFL games you’d think that the teams would be distributing pairs of tickets spread throughout the stadium to various law enforcement groups just hoping to get more trained, ready peace officers into the stands.

NFL Disarms Law Enforcement

NFL CopsIn an environment of increasing recognition of our right to defend ourselves (resulting in a decrease in violent crime), why do senior leaders and managers in some of the U.S.’s largest organizations insist on expanding the size, scope and number of victim zones.

The NFL is just the latest organization to defy logic and to such an extreme that they no longer trust the very law enforcement officers that they coordinate with and hire for League security.

Now don’t get me wrong, I applaud the other steps the NFL has taken this year to assure spectator safety and I don’t even have a problem with the NFL prohibiting Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) licensed individuals from carrying firearms into crowds that densely packed who have access to alcohol…but not peace officers!

To use the terminology developed by world class military and law enforcement trainer Dave Grossman, the NFL is turning our sheepdogs into sheep, and therefore empowering the wolves.  LTC (RET) Grossman puts it much more eloquently than I do when he says:

If you are a warrior who is legally authorized to carry a weapon and you step outside without that weapon, then you become a sheep, pretending that the bad man will not come today. No one can be “on” 24/7 for a lifetime. Everyone needs down time. But if you are authorized to carry a weapon, and you walk outside without it, just take a deep breath, and say this to yourself… “Baa.”

LTC Dave Grossman from On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs

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One Response to “NFL Disarms Law Enforcement”

  1. Infidel says:

    This is BS! I know now i will spend my money elswhere, ie cabelas, rather than support a bunch of highly paid thugs.

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