Open carry activists in Orion Township, Michigan were pleasantly surprised this week, after being approached by a local sheriff during their regular “For Liberty Friday” protest.
While protesting the Syrian intervention and open carrying three AR-15 rifles, members of the group noticed a law enforcement officer headed towards them.
“We saw the OC Sheriff car pull up so we all took out our camera-phones right away, anticipating trouble,” the video description reads. “This officer gets out of his car, waves to us, and walks right over.”
“Are you guys out here scaring the general public again?” Deputy Paul Buell jokes as he approaches the group. “This is what I call dedication to the cause, out here in the rain.”
Deputy Buell calmly and casually strikes up a conversation with the group, asking about their Ron Paul sign, Rand Paul’s shot at the presidency and even the NRA, immediately setting a positive tone for the encounter.
“I’m out to catch bad guys, not people that are exercising their constitutional rights,” Buell says as cars honk in support of the group.
Buell goes on to inform the group as to why he came out, explaining that some of the public is uneducated on the issue of guns and gun rights due to the media.
“You guys don’t intend on scaring anybody, you intend on educating people,” Buell says.
Deputy Buell even goes on to share the reason behind his career in law enforcement, citing a sheriff’s constitutional backing, information he learned as a young constitutional enthusiast.
“When I got into this line of work because I was a young constitutionalist like yourselves, I said ‘I wanna work for the sheriff’… to me it’s very personal. I hold it in my heart because it’s constitutional.”
Following a negative police encounter with one of the group’s members earlier that week which saw open carry activist Nicholas Somberg illegally detained and disarmed, the group was more than happy to meet a public servant who not only understood the law, but upheld it.
“He never asked us to disarm, never threatened us, never asked for our names or identification. I think I can speak for everyone in the group that it was an honor to meet this man. This is what we need to see from police officers everywhere! THIS MAN IS A HERO,” the video description said in closing.
Deputy Buell’s professional, respectful and lawful encounter exemplifies the attitude all law enforcement officers across the country should strive to emulate.