“NFL rule bans off-duty cops from bringing guns into FirstEnergy Stadium,” Brandon Blackwell reported Friday on Cleveland.com. “A new NFL policy will keep off-duty cops from taking guns into FirstEnergy Stadium, according to an internal Cleveland police memo.
“The rule, which police said took effect Sept. 11, applies to all NFL facilities and all off-duty federal, state and local law enforcement officers,” Blackwell explained, adding “Off-duty officers who attempt to bring firearms into an NFL facility will be denied entry.”
I wonder if that’s all they’d do to a mere citizen. Still, Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association head Jeff Follmer does not like the change one bit.
“I don’t know why anyone would want to disarm a police officer,” he complained. All Americans aware and protective of their rights might well ask the same question as applied to themselves.
The NFL’s slick professional wormtongue weasel-wording about “enhance[ing] the gameday experience” notwithstanding, expanding TSA-style practices into more and more public venues is something football fans are evidently happy to accept if it means more bread and circuses -- and beer. It’s no big deal. They gladly pay ($25 for the nosebleed seats) for the privilege of being told to “Be Clear on Game Day Safety.”
Honestly, a woman with a purse is now a public security threat? Hey, we’re talking about people who can’t be trusted with umbrellas and seat cushions, so I guess, yeah.
The thing is, if this is true at a Browns game, must it not be true everywhere?
On the bright side, at least fans are shown the proper surrender position to assume. Considering the silhouette is not drawn grabbing its ankles, there’s still plenty of room to enhance the gameday experience even more.
That the NFL establishment and the moneyed interests behind it are anti-gun is hardly a surprise. Any group that would let Bloomberg and Menino broadcast commercials using its jealously-controlled trademarks as props should pretty much tell us all we need to know, that is, those of us who weren’t already aware that the league has discouraged private gun ownership among its athletes for years. Then again, in many cases they’re not exactly dealing with angels, are they?
But back to the suddenly non-elite Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, bemoaning the loss of their privileged status: These are the same folks whose “leadership” did everything in their power to ensure that we mere mundanes would dine out defenselessly.
Gee, that’s tough.
If Jeff & Co. want to protest that we all have the right to keep and bear arms, and that good people don’t suddenly transform into morons and sociopaths when we cross a map line, let’s work together.
Otherwise, welcome to the party, pals. Feel our pain.
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