It may seem like everyone works eight hours a day from Mondays through Fridays. However, that is far from true. Many industries in the United States focus on shift work in which employees rotate on 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day, often seven days a week.
Twelve-hour shifts can be seen in law enforcement, security services, health care, hospitality, restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, transportation services, customer call centers, journalism and media, fire and emergency responder stations, oil and gas production, construction, and other industrial sectors.
Working for 12 hours straight is difficult. One of the most significant cons of 12-hour shifts is worker fatigue. Aside from they may not get enough sleep each day. After working 12 hours, an individual may still need to run errands, take care of their children, and perform household tasks.
And this is the exact situation when the 35-year law enforcement veteran Police Chief Philip Dupuis from Texas showed up at his appointment. Wearing his full-dress officer’s uniform. The police chief officer had traveled to the appointment straight from work. He was visiting his ear, nose, and throat specialist for a routine visit.
And for years, respected law enforcement trainers and training organizations have stressed the importance of carrying a firearm on and off duty.
Well, imagine yourself walking along minding your own business downtown and then the next thing you know is you hear a loud bang. It’s a gunshot, who will be there to help you? Police officers wouldn’t be able to do much if they don’t have their weapons. If police officers didn’t have their guns then it will be very difficult to take care of the threat at hand. Police officers should still be able to carry guns.
Because of dangerous people in the United States pose a threat and they may have a weapon like a gun or a knife. So with the guns, the police officers have they may scare the suspect into surrendering or just injure them if they fight, for justice to be served.
But because of Gun violence is the leading cause of death for children and young adults in the United States. In particular, the ready availability of assault weapons and ammunition has provoked national discussion after multiple mass shootings of school children, most recently in Uvalde, Texas. As The debate over gun control in the United States has waxed and waned over the years, stirred by frequent mass shootings in civilian settings
Many gun control advocates say the United States should look to the experiences of wealthy democratic peers that have instituted tighter restrictions to curb gun violence. And because of this many Americans are now banning the person who has firearms, and even the Police are not exempted…
Now, the local police chief was refused treatment at a Woodlands doctor’s office because he was wearing his gun in his holster. The doctor’s office clerk asked him to leave his duty weapon in his car or leave the office in front of him in a waiting room after the police chief checked in by presenting his insurance card and ID.
“Dupuis said she asked him to take his gun out to his car. The 35-year law enforcement veteran, who never has had an accidental discharge, refused to disarm himself, reiterating that he is a police officer,” according to The Courier.
“It’s just bad, my badge is clearly displayed. I have my lanyard on with ‘police’ on my ID card hanging around my neck. I had handcuffs. The lobby was full of people, and they asked me to leave because of who I am.” Dupuis said.
Texas law enforcement officers are legally allowed to carry weapons inside private businesses with these notices. Chief Dupuis says he has never been kicked out of a business for wearing his firearm in his 35 years in law enforcement and was embarrassed in front of the other patients in the waiting room.
“I didn’t think twice about it because I can and do carry everywhere. I carry to protect myself and I carry to protect my family and the public.” Dupuis said.
The veteran officer then told The Montgomery County Police Reporter, saying,
“I’m not gonna sit in an office without my gun when I have on everything else, with workplace violence and everything else going on in this society, I want to be armed and be able to react if I need to.”
He acknowledges it is a private business’s right to refuse service or treatment to whomever they please, as it is his right to take his business somewhere else.
Dupuis said, “I said, ‘Well, I’m not taking my gun out to my car, give me my driver’s license and insurance back, and I’ll find me a new ENT.’”
The Conroe Police Chief then posted to Facebook, he wrote:
“I have never been so embarrassed (pissed) in my 35 years of law enforcement. Texas Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists
Officers should not be required to disarm or change out of their uniform while seeing their doctors or other professionals. Of course, it is the right of every private business to serve who they wish, just as it is my right to not patronize any business that has such a policy or treats first responders this way.”
Chief Dupuis said he was not looking for attention but got a swarm of responses after posting details of the incident to Facebook.
“Based on your loud and clear support of local police and repudiation of this type of political correctness run amok, I think Texas, Ear Nose, and Throat Specialists has heard the passionate voice of Montgomery County. I hope they respond appropriately and make a very public and clear statement that officers will not be treated this way in the future,” Chief Dupuis wrote on Facebook.
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