Why do we care about the rest? Because unlike yourself, we don't see ourselves as above the citizens we serve. That's right - we said "serve." Check the side of your squad car - Serve and Protect. Sound familiar at all? We are public servants and all of our supposed power derives from the consent of the governed. Those same people could dictate that we leave our guns secured at the station every night so as to leave cops exactly where they are - unarmed and vulnerable.
You fall into the trap of thinking that regular people can't be trusted with guns, despite all the evidence to the contrary and 49 other states that aren't awash in nearly the amount of blood Chicago is. You worry about a citizen having a bad day? What about fellow cops? They're human, they have guns. What if they're having a bad day? You make a straw man argument that gets blown over at the first hint of logic.
Truth be told, you aren't going to run into Joe Citizen and his lawful firearm every day. In fact, we bet you wouldn't run into him weekly or monthly either. Joe Citizen isn't out there slinging dope, breaking into cars and houses, beating their significant other or sticking up people for phones, jewelry and cash.
But Joe Citizen is far more likely to run into someone determined to do him or his family harm, steal his iPhone, burgle his garage. And for you to conspire to deny your fellow citizen, the person you are supposed to be serving (even though the statistics say you won't get there for at least 10 minutes
) is unconscionable to most right thinking Americans. The Supreme Court has ruled that police are under no obligation to protect the individual.
That in and of itself is reason enough for Concealed Carry.
As to you alleging we get 200-to-300 comments on gun issues, you're obviously assuming that all 10,000 Chicago cops and 7,000 retirees read us every day and only those few choose to comment. A quick scan reveals we get under 100 comments on most pension issue posts, so using your "logic," coppers care even less about their golden years than their guns? Not likely.
300 comments is unusual for anything we post, scandals, Line of Duty deaths, gun issues. So you thinking and saying that it says something? All it says to us is you aren't a regular reader, you have no knowledge of statistics, and you certainly don't have a feel for what a large portion of our readership feels. It also tells us you spent your entire career drinking the Daley/Rahm/democratic Machine koolaid and viewing your fellow citizens as less than capable or worthy of defending themselves, no matter their individual circumstances.
UPDATE: Supreme Court link amended to the more appropriate Castle Rock case.