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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Why you need a firearm

Many people, despite my nom de plume, assume that I'm a 2nd Amendment guy. Probably because of my involvement with 2nd Amendment issues.
I stress preparedness. I stress the concept "Are you prepared to be wrong?" Most people assume, quite wrongly, that police will and have a duty to protect them. Nothing could be further from the truth:

  1. Police are a reactionary force. They arrive after the crime.
  2. 911 is not what people think it is. In research I did to find out typical response time from a 911 cal, I discovered this brutal fact: In less, repeat,LESS than 5% of the time police arrive to stop the crime and/or arrest the perpetrator. Less than 5% of the time.
  3. The police are not legally required to provide specific protection to you. (Silver v City of Minneapolis and the most egregious case is Warren v District of Columbia. Others are here).
  4. Police can and have retreated (aka "pulled out") of hostile situations: The Rodney King riots and a few years ago in North Minneapolis. Translation: you are really on your own. Good luck!
And so, even with a heightened police presence, we have this:
"A Cape Girardeau woman shot and fatally wounded Ronnie W. Preyer, 47, a registered sex offender who had broken into her home early this morning with the intention of raping her a second time, Cape Girardeau Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said today...

Cape Girardeau police had been keeping a close eye on the woman's home, in the southwest part of Cape Girardeau, since she reported the rape nearly a week ago" (emphasis mine).
Again, even with an increased police presence, the victim was attacked and was able to defend herself. Notice that she escaped and police were able to respond in 45 seconds from a 911 call from another residence.
So, decide for yourself.
Me? I prefer to be prepared to be wrong.


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