"We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God." James Madison

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Border Patrol Agents

Hugh Hewitt had quite a disertation about these fellas today, and disconnected my call. So I sent him an email. Here is the email I sent:

Dear Mr. Hewitt,

First of all, let me say I am in no way excusing the actions of the Border Patrol agents. Being the holder of a concealed gun permit, I know first hand the rules of discharging a firearm toward another individual and they are very simple:

The ONLY time it is legal to 'shoot someone' whether the shooter is a Peace Officer or a Civilian is when their life or someone Else's life is in EMINENT DANGER and there is NO OTHER CHOICE. Further, everyone who legally carries a concealed weapon fully understands that in the event of a discharge of the firearm, there will be a full investigation, and prosecution will certainly follow if the parameters previously mentioned are not met.

With that being said, these agents were convicted of shooting a man in the butt who was running away from them which, by definition, did not create a situation of EMINENT DANGER.

However, these men have served many years protecting our country, knowingly putting their lives in danger on a daily basis, and we the people are absolutely outraged at the message this conviction and sentence sends to our adversaries.

I wonder how many nuclear weapons are currently in the United States, and are in the hands of those with nefarious intentions. I also wonder how those weapons came to reside in the U.S. My guess is from Mexico.

Frankly, this should have been handled internally, and without the testimony of the individual who was shot. What is the difference between him and the Iraqi who testified against our troops accused of murder in Haditha? They had everything to gain and nothing to loose by exaggerating or even lying which makes their testimonies tainted at best. Additionally, He was recently apprehended again and released to return to Mexico.

We live in a time where mistakes cannot be made with the security of our border. If these agents were out of line, then they should be removed from service, but to convict and sentence them to eleven and twelve years is absurd.