Ok, this might be a little bit controversial, but I'd like some opinions. Especially from LEO.
With all that has been going on with Virginia lately, this topic has me a little more concerned than usual. So I'll just get to the point. Are the police going to be on our side, or the side of the .gov?
Police, especially the sheriffs down in VA have been making me so proud by saying that they will honor their oaths, and not enforce unconstitutional laws. Great! That makes me proud. But why now? Why all the sudden are the police going to uphold their oaths? For many years now, they violate their oaths and our rights by enforcing unconstitutional laws across the country. They require CCW (different acronyms for different states). They enforce gun free zones. They enforce ppo infringements. Magazine capacity limits are enforced. They enforce NFA laws. They enforce registration laws in states like mine that have them. They violate the 4th amendment with disclosure laws in many states. As a pistol open carry activist I have experienced dozens of interactions with police with mixed attitudes ranging from dangerous, to supportive to vindictive. People have been killed in red flag laws already in the US. I've seen countless videos of police overreacting and either ending lives and or putting lives of both citizens and gun owners at risk with their actions. There are many many gun laws that they enforce already, and all of them that they enforce are directly and unquestionably unconstitutional, and go against the oath that they took.
The pride I feel watching our police unite against the tyranny in Virginia drastically contradicts the things that I have both seen and have experienced. It's confusing. I would like to live in a country where I dont feel nervous when I see a police car while driving, or get a chill when I see one while I open carry my .40. (save the AR for the parade). My expectation is not that if SHTF, that I could grab a rifle and an ammo can, report to the local PD or sheriff department and volunteer to defend an area under their command. I'm more likely to expect to have to defend myself at 3am from a no knock red flag raid.
So what is the answer here? How are we supposed to know whose side you are on after decades of violence and oathbreaking through the enforcement of unconstitutional laws? How can we trust you now?