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By Jim Kouri
June 6, 2015

A former editor for the National Rifle Association (NRA) and board member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police is urging American patriots, who believe in protecting themselves and their loved ones, to arm themselves and not count on the current government to protect them. In an exclusive to, he explains why.

In a heartbreaking incident attributed to the "war on cops" being led by President Barack Obama, his administration, and numerous Democratic Party lawmakers and activists, an Omaha city police officer who had decided to forego taking maternity leave following the premature birth of her daughter, was shot to death by a fugitive. Meanwhile, in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, the murder rate is going up, but police are avoiding confrontation with criminals to protect themselves from politicians.

But a top police adviser on guns and gun policy is urging his fellow Americans to read the tea leaves and take action to protect themselves. "Americans need handguns now more than ever," gun rights expert John M. Snyder told Snyder is a former editor for the NRA (National Rifle Association) who now serves on the advisory boards of police organizations such as the 13,000-member National Association of Chiefs of Police.

"We need personal firearms because police are becoming wary of confrontation with violent criminals," Snyder said. "Citizens themselves have to be able to get and use handguns to stop these criminals. People have to be able to protect themselves and their families from violent criminal attack. This is true generally for people, [especially] people living in poor neighborhoods."

President Barack Obama and his administration have given the new Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, the go-ahead to investigate not only alleged police crime, but entire police departments on a fishing expedition to create a more "progressive" law enforcement community. According to more than a few police officers who spoke to Examiner, the dialogue reached the level of absurdity when Obama advised a change in police officers' uniforms to a more "softer" appearance.

Snyder said a Wall Street Journal article revealed that the demonizing of police activity against violent criminals has created a situation in which police hesitate to pursue and arrest violent criminals.

In the article on The New National Crime Wave, Heather MacDonald wrote that, "The most plausible explanation of the current surge in lawlessness is the intense agitation against American police departments over the past nine months."

McDonald also stated, "President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, before he stepped down last month, embraced the concept that law enforcement in black communities is infected by bias. The news media pump out a seemingly constant stream of stories about alleged police mistreatment of blacks, with the reports often buttressed by cell phone videos that rarely capture the behavior that caused an officer to use force…."

"This incessant drumbeat against the police has resulted in what St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson last November called the 'Ferguson effect.' Cops are disengaging from discretionary enforcement activity and the 'criminal element is feeling empowered,' Mr. Dotson reported."

Ms. MacDonald wrote that the "'Ferguson effects' are happening across the country as officers scale back on proactive policing under the onslaught of anti-cop rhetoric…'Any cop who uses his gun now has to worry about being indicted and losing his job and family,' a New York City officer tells me."

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Snyder added, "The article shows clearly that police now are wary of confrontation with violent criminals. This wariness comes about because politicians and loud-mouthed social activists have been demonizing cops for their tough arrests of violent criminals. Who can blame law enforcement? They've had it with our incompetent President and other authorities. People must protect themselves and society with [their own] handguns."

Snyder has been named the "dean of Washington gun lobbyists" by the Washington Post and New York Times, a "champion of the right of self-defense" by the Washington Times, the "gun dean" by Human Events, and the "senior rights activist in Washington" by Shotgun News. He serves on the boards of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens.

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In the article on The New National Crime Wave, Heather MacDonald wrote that, "The most plausible explanation of the current surge in lawlessness is the intense agitation against American police departments over the past nine months."