A hero among us: Sgt. Ron Helus and Borderline Bar and Grill massacre

On November 7, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California, a gunman walked into a country-western bar and slaughtered 13 people, including a police officer. When the body of Sgt. Ron Helus–the first officer to respond to the attack at the Borderline Bar– was moved from the hospital to the morgue, thousands of people lined the streets to salute. Kids left classrooms, drivers pulled over. Highways, overpasses, and roads were clogged with people saluting their fallen hero, as helicopters buzzed overhead.

police are not well understood

Police have a high attrition rate. Stress, low pay and lack of public support push police from their jobs at record numbers. The work of policing seems not well understood, is often criticized and is continually under review.

According to Pew Research, 83% of the public believes they understand the risks and challenges the police face, yet 86% of police say the public has no idea what policing is all about.

police are criticized and reviewed

One example: A flawed law enforcement plan is blamed for violence in Charlotte, during the Unite the Right rally that resulted in one death and 19 injuries.

And, Broward County police are accused of failing to enter the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., during the shooting that killed 17 and injured 17 more.

Sgt. Ron Helus was honored

Helus walked into open fire at the Borderline Bar was shot several times as he tried to stop the gunman. He planned to retire next year after 29 years of service.

Why do we need our heroes in times of tragedy, and who are some heroes among us? Geek out on it here.

President Trump has called for more mental health screening to reduce access to guns. Is this a solution? Let’s take a look.

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