Note the headline at the top. Also note that at the time of the screenshot, five people had already liked it. What is worse, this was posted by someone whom I know to be a retired police officer who now works in a security or law enforcement capacity, dealing with the public at large. Someone who should know better than most of us the consequences that can arise from implied violence.
This turned my stomach. The casualness of it, the 'inside joke' joviality of it. I find it repugnant to the point of near incomprehensibility that someone could feel good about displaying that to the world, and expect us to respect it as an "opinion". It boggles the mind and sickens the heart.
This is a free country, yes, built on democratic principles. People are allowed to have viewpoints. I understand many feel concern, even anger and resentment towards foreigners and immigrants, both legal and illegal. But the above message is disturbing and loathsome, not only in its presentation but in its message. It insults human beings based on their supposed literacy, although the ignorance of the creator of this sign shows in the statement about not being able to read English. If a person can't read English, how are they supposed to know what the sign says at all?
Much worse than alleged illiteracy, however, is the implication that outsiders who attempt entry into this country will be met with violence. Not just random violence, but premeditated, firearm violence. That is no rubber bullet gun, that's a rifle with a scope. A rifle like that has only one purpose: killing people at long range. And wouldn't the premeditated shooting of a person who has given no offense (the sign does not say that stepping over the border is illegal) considered by the courts to be homicide or attempted homicide?
I am having a hard time deciding what upsets me more, that it was posted by someone who had and has ethical and professional obligations to protect and serve the public or that other people liked it. And on a highly public social media site, no less!
Is this what America is really about, xenophobia, paranoia and violence? How someone could believe that the image is simply harmless fun is beyond me. There is nothing funny about it. It speaks to me of bigotry, pathological violence, hatred and ignorance. If it speaks to me of such stains on the soul of America, then it speaks to the world of the same. People who propagate such vileness have no right to be surprised that the world begins to meet them with disrespect, hatred, and violence of its own. If the creators and admirers of such a sentiment want to live in a country of violence and hatred, they are free to do so but it will hopefully be a tiny country with only room for them. I will not be within its borders.