Letter: BearCat will protect officers
Just when I thought it was safe to read the Monitor’s letters to the editor section, I pick up the paper on Sept. 13 and get bombarded with opinions that make me sick to my stomach.
The BearCat’s purpose is to protect our police officers and general public. I applaud Chief John Duval and our city councilors for working hard to keep them as safe as possible. How many men and women do we have to lose before you get it, or is it just that you don’t care about what doesn’t affect you?
The BearCat is not a “vehicle of war” and doesn’t prevent domestic terrorism or “acts of violence and crime.” What it does is prevent more people from getting hurt when these situations occur. You all want to believe that nothing can or will happen in our small towns and cities, but why don’t you take the time to talk to an officer in our community and find out what’s already happening that you’re not even aware of. Fifteen hundred people signed a petition, but only seven showed up on the State House steps? Give me a break.
Our councilors did vote the way the people wanted, just not the way you wanted. Chief Duval, Concord Police Department, New Hampshire State Police, county deputies, and all the other officers, thank you for your service. For all of you who don’t want to support and protect these brave men and women, maybe you shouldn’t call 911 when you’re in need and try to take care of the situation on your own. I hope you are never put in the position where you have to.