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Reality Check

Police work comes in around 15th for dangerous jobs. Lumberjacks, fisherman, farmers, and driving garbage trucks are much more dangerous. But if you are still concerned there are some things you can do to reduce the number of active duty deaths.

1. Teach police officers how to drive and maintain the tires and brakes on police vehicles. If you really know how to drive you can avoid running into things or losing control.

2. Make cardiovascular exercises and good nutritional choices mandatory. If you are fit you can actually catch people who run away from you without having a heart attack.

3. Make officers qualify with the firearm they carry at a minimum of every 6 months. If you are in an active shooter situation you chances of survival really go up if you can hit what you should be aiming at instead of spraying a dozen rounds in a general direction.

If you look at the statistics for officers killed while on duty you will see auto accidents, heart attacks/strokes, and firearms are the major causes.

June 15, 2020   2 Comments

Magna Carta

Arms of King John

John, by the grace of God, king of England, lord of Ireland, duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, and count of Anjou in the meadow which is called Runnymede, between Windsor and Staines, on the fifteenth day of June, 1215, signed the Great Charter in the presence of assorted heavily armed peers of the realm, who assured him it was the right thing to do.

The British Library has pictures of the Magna Carta available, but they are now requiring registration. Wikipedia has a nice discussion of the document.

The Magna Carta of 1297 is permanently residing in the US National Archives.

The Avalon Project has a translation of the 1215 version with an index and definitions.

John abided by the charter for several months, before he returned to business as normal, but the principle was established – no one is above the law.

June 15, 2020   No Comments