Matt Vespa | @mvespa1 Aug 22, 2019
A sheriff’s deputy in Lucas County, Ohio found himself held at gunpoint while in uniform by some armed security guard contracted by Federal Protective Service. Deputy Alan Gaston entered the local Internal Revenue Service office concerning a question the agency had sent him. He was wearing his service firearm, which security guard Seth Eklund said was not allowed unless Gaston was there on official business. An exchange ensued, Eklund pulls his firearm on Gaston, which prompted a visit by the local police, who were surprised to see that a uniformed officer, their colleague, was the subject of the call. The incident occurred in May of 2019 (via WaPo)...........To Read More.....
My Take - A lot of noise is being made about this, and on the surface it's obvious why. But what if this policeman wasn't a real policeman? What if he was a terrorist in disguise?
Besides, I would think it would be obvious to the most casual observer you can't carry a gun into a business or a government office building just because you're a cop, unless you were there for official security purposes.
If I own a business that states no guns allowed, and you as a cop enter refusing to get rid of your gun, I'm calling the police. I think the real problem here is the officer in question has some real ego issues, and needs to be reprimanded.
As for my original proposition regarding identity. What would have been said and done if it turned out he was a terrorist, a criminal or some loon who just wanted to shoot up the place, and it was discovered this security guard allowed him in with his weapon. These same people would have wanted him crucified.
So now, let's recap. We have a man who claims to be a cop in uniform with a gun who refused to shed his gun, and the guard doesn't know him. What exactly should he have done?