Oath-Breaking Cops Join Gun-Grabby Gabby to Push for Citizen Disarmament

“Common sense” as defined by Opposite Day “progressives”… (Americans for Responsible Solutions Facebook photos)

“Gabby Giffords’ gun-control group gets new law enforcement allies,” USA Today reports.* “[She] and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, have some new allies in their fight to end gun violence. And all of them are armed.”

That would make them classic examples of “Only Ones.” The category gets its name from hapless DEA agent Lee Paige, who told a group of school kids he was “the only one … professional enough” to carry a gun, and then proceeded to, well, here, watch it for yourself if you haven’t already seen it….

I routinely feature such accounts on my blog, The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance, with this explanation noted in the sidebar:

The purpose of this feature has never been to bash cops. The only reason I do this is to amass a credible body of evidence to present when those who would deny our right to keep and bear arms use the argument that only government enforcers are professional and trained enough to do so safely and responsibly. And it’s also used to illustrate when those of official status, rank or privilege, both in law enforcement and in some other government position, get special breaks not available to we commoners, particularly (but not exclusively) when they’re involved in gun-related incidents.

Hands in your pockets, Mark?

But back to Mark and Gabby and their Americans for Responsible Solutions group. They’ve already recruited some high-level military oath-breakers, and politically ambitious/career über alles LEOS have also always been a perfect fit for the gun-grabbers. Their “advisory committee” is made up of 20 LEOs who have no problem infringing on the right of the people to keep and bear arms in spite of their oaths. Naturally, they present their infringements under the banner of “Law Enforcement Coalition for Common Sense.” And predictably, they’ll be relying on emotion-ginning propaganda optics, such as laying a wreath at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Here’s what they say they’re after – for now:

[The] coalition … will help them oppose gun legislation pending in Congress, including a bill that would lift restrictions on firearm silencers and another that would require states to accept concealed carry permits from other states, even from states with weaker requirements.

Advocating for such nonsense are Kalamazoo Chief Public Safety Officer Jeffrey Hadley, and former ATF agent and coalition “leader” Dave Chipman.

Hadley complains it’s easier to get a driver’s license than a concealed carry permit, and “doesn’t understand why an everyday American needs a silencer, which he said could make it harder for officers trying to locate where shots are being fired.” First of all, his understanding and approval of either aren’t required. And if any of Kalamazoo’s myriad crime problems are caused by out-of-state CCW holders or suppressor owners, you’d think Hadley would be cluing us in.

As for Chipman, it’s interesting to note he says it’s “risky … to talk truth to power.” Whistleblowers exposing the Bureau’s Operation Fast and Furious “gunwalking” criminal enterprise found that out firsthand. It’s telling to see him use “progressive” terminology in characterizing the coalition as a “safe space” and also to note, in addition to being a Bloomberg/Everytown “advisor,” he was a mucky-muck with ShotSpotter (making him not exactly a disinterested party to weigh in on suppressors).

What’s also curious to consider is how the “safe spaces” don’t always extend to cops who believe the Second Amendment applies to all, and who face real risks if they stand up as Oath Keepers and declare they will not obey orders to disarm the American people. That includes making such sentiments known while off duty or on social media.

And it’s especially “risky” with groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center including Oath Keepers in its “Hate Watch” category and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness smearing Oath Keepers as “militia extremists” (thankfully that has been removed from their 2017 report).

So here are my questions to those of you who are LEOs and Oath Keepers: Understanding that there are appropriate workplace conduct rules that all must abide by, what additional precautions must you take in recruiting fellow officers to learn about what Oath Keepers stands for and why? Is it something you feel you need to keep a low profile on, and watch what you say in all circumstances? Can you relate any examples of discouragement, suppression or retaliation you believe were over-reaching and threatening?

And what do you do when you encounter one of these “True Believer” oath-breakers, like Gabby Coalition members? Do you think your advocacy is as beneficial to your career opportunities as theirs?

Please share your experiences in comments, taking care to maintain anonymity if that’s important.  And if it’s all good where you are, share that too, so the rest of us can benefit from what you’re doing and how you’re doing it.


*  The headline was changed. Note the inadvertant honesty in the url, calling them an “anti-gun group.”


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David Codrea

David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (WarOnGuns.com), and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.


  1. Green Giant 18 February, 2017, 00:28

    It is common knowledge in Dallas Texas that Lupe Valdez is a homosexual latina who gets elected because of her mexican heritage. And yes, she does not trust anyone other than LEOs to carry a gun.

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  2. jamesthegolfballguy 19 February, 2017, 01:50

    I want to see president trump meet with Stewart Rhodes about how much the oath keepers means to our country and set the fake news media’s straight on who our heroes really are in these last 8 yrs.i never took an oath .I never served in any type of oak situations in my life but I’m an American and I want to be an oath keeper in texas.i live out side of Houston texas and I’ve trained in the I.D.P.A
    For 2 yrs and I’m pretty good at my shooting and not gun happy at all.i want to help our state and country when I can.i would love for someone to assist me with the right contact in the Houston Texas area. Oath keepers or 3percenters

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  3. Brian 19 February, 2017, 08:34

    June 16, 2016 Supreme Court Ruling: Police Have No Duty to Protect the General Public

    However, did you know that the government, and specifically law enforcement, does not have any duty to protect the general public? Based on the headline and this information, you might assume this is a new, landmark decision. However, it has long been the court’s stance that, essentially, the American people are responsible for taking case of their own personal safety.


    Aug 21, 2016 Just Say No: Don’t Federalize Local Police!

    Some people want you to think that the solution to problems with police is to get the federal government more involved. But they’ve got things completely backwards.


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  4. RW Tman 19 February, 2017, 13:18

    The reason why Chiefs of Police join the liberal Nazi anti gun legion is a simple one. Most cities are run by liberal Nazi anti gun individuals. They most often hire a Liberal Nazi as their Chief of Police. These very same Chiefs of Police kiss the ass of their Mayor and bring down the professional ism within the Police Dept. I have witnessed it first hand.

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  5. Joshua 22 March, 2017, 21:28

    To many chiefs of police are getting to involved in political matters that don’t involve Thier department. Plus if you have a liberal mayor then chances are the chief will follow suit. When I was an officer, my chief would spend time on the streets so he didn’t forget where he came from.

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