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Friday, March 27, 2015
The thin blue line is thinner again
March 2015 • Issue No. 13
#TrevorsLifeMatters, #PoliceLivesMatter BY TIM SCHMIDT - USCCA FOUNDER
“A crowd of thousands won’t chant it, so I will: Justice for Trevor. A
nation won’t hashtag it, so I will: #TrevorsLifeMatters. A president
won’t say it, so I will: If I had a son, he’d look like Trevor Casper.”
-Dan O’Donnell, News/Talk 1130 WISN
If the above words don’t send shivers down your spine, you probably
haven’t heard the story of Wisconsin State Trooper Trevor Casper.
21 years old. 2011 graduate of Kiel High School. December, 2014 graduate
of the Wisconsin State Patrol’s 60th recruiting class. Beloved son.
Deceased. Shot and killed on Tuesday, March 24th in an exchange of gunfire with a bank robber...on his very first day of solo patrol.
Undoubtedly one of the good guys.
You know, I’m not going to waste a single second talking about the bad
guy here. That might be the mainstream media’s mode of operation, but
it’s not mine.
I’m sticking with Trevor Casper. After all, his is the name we should remember.
Yes, I’m sad and I’m angry. But I’m also grateful. I’m grateful that in
the midst of a period in history where the actions of our nation’s law
enforcement officers are questioned at every turn, there are people like
Trevor Casper willing to stand up for what’s right.
Irish orator Sir Edmund Burke once said that "all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
Well, not on Trevor Casper’s watch.
Trevor died doing what he was sworn to do—what he claims he was “born to
do,”—and his story serves as a reminder to all of us just how
incredible the sacrifice “to serve and protect” really is.
I simply cannot fathom that there are people out there who protest the
justified defensive actions of our nation’s law enforcement
officers—actions that few understand and even fewer are willing to carry
I simply cannot fathom that there are people out there who refuse to
acknowledge that a police officer shares in the natural-born right to
defend his or her OWN LIFE.
And I simply cannot fathom that there are people out there who continue
to ignore the bottom line: evil exists in this world...and it always
will. But remember, if there were no bad guys, we wouldn’t have good
guys—heroes—like Trevor Casper.
Protector. Purveyor of justice.
He undoubtedly saved countless lives with his heroic actions...and he
paid the ultimate price. As Wisconsin mourns and the thin blue line gets
a little thinner, the least we can do is remember his name:
Prayers to his family, to Wisconsin State Patrol, and to all law
enforcement officers who, like Trevor, wouldn’t hesitate to lay down
their lives to keep people like you and me safe.
Take Care and Stay Safe,
Publisher - Concealed Carry Report