Friday, June 23, 2006

The Only Ones

I am proud to announce the arrival of a new recurring feature for my blog: The Only Ones. This post is an explanation of the concept. The post immediately below this one is the first actual contribution to the feature.

I got this idea from The War on Guns, a blog written by David Codrea. He got the idea from Lee Paige, a DEA agent who shot himself in the leg. There is a highly publicized video of the event that nearly everyone has seen. You can see it here. That same link has an article detailing the lawsuit he has filed against the DEA for allegedly distributing the video.

What makes the event notable is the arrogant declaration Paige made mere seconds before he capped his own ass: "Ok, I'm the only one in this room professional enough that I know of to carry this Glock .40 I'm the only o-[gunshot]"

Paige's statement illustrates a disturbing attitude that is all too prevalent in today's law enforcement community. They are the only ones professional enough. Usually this mantra is applied to the use and carry of firearms, but it can apply to other things as well.

Codrea started keeping tabs on the Only Ones and their zany adventures. The Only Ones archives range from the hilarious to the infuriating. The most frequently recurring theme is that the Only Ones' incompetent and rights-stomping behavior is usually rewarded with protection and a lack of real consequences.

Reason Engaged and Blogonomicon have started their own Only Ones files. To my knowledge, I am the fourth to join this effort, but there may be more that I am unaware of. Say Uncle frequently notes that the Only Ones are "like you and me, only better." [edited update: Looks like Bob G is keeping track as well.]

So what's the point you ask? Education. Shining light in the darkness. The public needs to wake up and realize that we have created a separate class of citizens that are not held to the same standards that the rest of us are - even though they are granted more privileges (and more rights.)

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