Imagine you are out running an errand with your wife and kids when you end up on the receiving end of a road rage incident.  That’s what happened to my friend Aaron Childress yesterday, and while nobody was hurt …it still didn’t end well.  Pay attention because this could certainly happen to you.

The story goes like this.  Aaron, a Marine and his family were on their way to Lowes in Wichita, Kansas when they were cut off in traffic.  Aaron honked his horn at the other motorist who in turn pulled into a driveway and allowed Aaron to pass. 

The man then pulled in behind Aaron’s vehicle and followed them to the Lowes parking lot. Once Aaron and his family exited their vehicle the man confronted them, and Aaron began telling the man to leave. 

Aaron Childress, United States Marine

Aaron Childress, a United States Marine, is now facing potential charges thanks to Red Flag laws.

 

Instead, the man continued to approach with his hands hidden from sight. 

Fearing for the safety of his family, Aaron held a pistol at his side. It wasn’t until the man came around Aaron’s vehicle and saw the pistol that he backed away, threatening to call the police. 

Keep in mind, the weapon was never pointed at anything other than the ground.  As the man retreated, Aaron called the police and began gathering nearby witnesses to give statements to the officers who arrived on scene. 

A reasonable person would think this story ends with both parties going their separate ways thankful it didn’t end differently, but that’s just not the case. 

Pictured: Aaron Childress, United States Marine Corps. Courtesy: Aaron Childress' Facebook page.

Pictured: Aaron Childress, United States Marine Corps. Courtesy: Aaron Childress’ Facebook page.

 

The police ended up confiscating Aaron’s legally owned firearm and stated he may be charged with aggravated assault. 

It should be noted the other man stated he had a firearm as well. 

Having had enough for the day, Aaron and his wife decided to forego the items he had come for and headed home.   But just a few blocks up the road the same man was waiting, and began following them again. 

Aaron called the police again, but the man continued on when Aaron stopped to meet the officers.  Even after this, Aaron is still the one facing possible charges! 

 

So now we have one man who lawfully defended his family and another who has instigated this situation.  The man that defended his family is now disarmed by police and facing potential criminal charges.  He then leaves the scene only to be followed again by the same man!

Before anyone starts talking about laws, Kansas is one of the few states that has constitutional carry.  On top of it, they also have a stand your ground law. Simply put, law abiding citizens have every right to carry a firearm without a concealed carry permit, and also have no obligation to retreat if they feel threatened. 

I’ll be the first to tell you that if you come at me and my family, retreating isn’t an option for me.  State laws aside, let’s tackle this topic on a broader scale.

This situation raises a great cause for concern if you step back and look at it. The police obviously didn’t have enough probable cause to arrest Aaron, or they would have, and yet his legally owned firearm was still confiscated while he was allowed to leave.

What if the second encounter hadn’t gone the way it did?  What if the second time the other man decided to put his own firearm to use murdering Aaron and his family since he now knew Aaron was disarmed by police?

This is a prime example of what happens when we remove due process.  We are seeing this on a greater scale with the passage of red flag laws, where your firearms can be taken simply because someone makes a statement saying they’re scared of you. 

Aaron Childress, a Marine, now works in corporate America.

Aaron Childress, a Marine, now works in corporate America.

 

While there have been several police administrators across the country stating they won’t enforce those laws, it ultimately comes down to what the cop answering the call decides to do on scene.  It is time to wake up, America.  Are you willing to throw away your rights and put all of your faith in someone who is minutes away when fractions of a second count?   

For the last thirty years, gun control has been a hot topic, and that is true now more than ever.  Let us view this situation as a glimpse into how quickly a law abiding citizen such as yourself can be deprived of the utmost effective means of self-defense for you and your family. 

Editor Note: In December, a police officer from New Jersey submitted the below words to LET.  In case you missed them, we figured this would be a place to continue to debate over who is going to draw the line and where.

Officer On Gun Control: I WILL NOT COMPLY

I WILL NOT COMPLY.

The New Jersey Attorney General has banned large capacity magazines.  They have refused to rule out door to door enforcement and wide spread confiscation.

There’s something residents need to know.

I WILL NOT COMPLY.

Liberal politicians ARE coming for our guns and ammunition. It starts slowly, like forcing you to turn in magazines that you paid for and have been legal until now.

Do they really believe we’re going to knock on doors and disarm our fellow citizens?  Do they expect us to put our lives on the line to enforce unconstitutional orders?

I WILL NOT COMPLY.

I might be an officer in New Jersey.  But you will never know my name… because if you did, I would lose my ability to provide for my family.

The truth is that I could be an officer anywhere.  In your town or city.  In your state.  You will never know who I am… but you know me.  I am your neighbor.  I am your friend.  I am your protector.

All you need to know is one thing.  No matter how many anti-gun orders you decide to make… no matter how you use the media to get your message out… no matter how you try and politicize police departments…

I WILL NOT COMPLY.

My oath isn’t to politicians.  It’s to serve and protect.  It’s to defend the Constitution.  It’s not to be a pawn.  My oath is to the country and Her people.

Last week, New Jersey banned active police officers from possessing their duty weapons while off duty.  Apparently they’re going to change that thanks to media and union pressure.

The union.  A collection of those who, in many cases, have traded their spines for a few pennies. They never should have allowed this to happen.

New Jersey “leaders” have also made it clear they don’t recognize the provisions of the federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA). It’s an act that allows retired officers to carry our weapons or hollow point ammunition.

Our Attorney General says it applies only to those who carry firearms in interstate commerce, and that if we aren’t leaving the state immediately, it doesn’t count.  That’s NOT why it was created.

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But you can’t expect these liberal elitists who have never been shot at to understand that.

The point of it was to protect us and our families from criminals looking to get revenge and to protect those of us who have become targets thanks to the war that was launched on us by liberal politicians.  It was to allow us to be able to respond quickly. Because unlike those who sit on their high horses, we actually run TOWARDS gun fire and danger.

Now New Jersey officials they won’t recognize that law.

I WILL NOT COMPLY.

New Jersey’s law over gun magazines with a 10 round limit went into effect on December 10 and there’s no exception for law enforcement, meaning that we’re all breaking the law by carrying our assigned duty weapons while off duty.

Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo issued a memorandum to us as a reminder that the prohibition of the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines didn’t just apply to our neighbors… it also applied to us when we are off duty.

I WILL NOT COMPLY.

In May, the city council in Boulder, Colorado voted to ban possession of high capacity magazines, bump stocks and so-called assault rifles.  They grandfathered in people who already own the rifles.  But they said in order to continue legally owning them, residents are required to “certify” their guns with the police by December 27.

Residents have been told there is no database of gun owners being made (like anyone buys that).

But they ARE keeping a record of the number of rifles reported.

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So far… the number reported is 87.  Officials say there are duplicate certificates in that count, making the true number even lower.

There are more than 100,000 people in the city, and CBS News puts gun ownership in Colorado at more than 34 percent.

That means there’s still somewhere around 34,000 firearms that aren’t certified.

It’s worth pointing out that Colorado has about 5,300 uniformed members of the Army National Guard.

Does anyone think patriots like me are going to truly just hand over or report our weapons to be listed on a database?

Do these officials believe officers like me are going to ultimately go to war with our own neighbors over confiscation?

I WILL NOT COMPLY.

My brothers and sisters, please don’t confuse those of us who hold the thin blue line with those who are trying to destroy it.

I am not alone.

We are with you.  We will stand shoulder to shoulder with you in the streets.

WE WILL NOT COMPLY.

Tell.  EVERYONE.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

Written by Sergeant A. Merica