Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Lesson on Police Protection

So I get a call the other day from my Mother the other day and it goes something like this "Hey, Are you off today?  Did you drop by our house?" Me "No. I'm at work. Why?"

Well apparently here's why.

Dad was downstairs on the computer and thought he heard someone walking around upstairs, so he left the house and called the police.  The cops showed up 20 minutes later (for a hey, I think there's someone in my house, call) and cleared the house while having dad watch the front door.  In this case no one was there and dad was just hearing things.  Funny that, since he has tinnitus and is hard of hearing, yet he adamantly denies he can't hear and refuses to get a hearing aid or even get his hearing tested..

Now, imagine someone actually WAS in your house and wanted to hurt you.  Even if that 20 minute response time is cut way, way down it's going to take at least 5 minutes.  What are you going to do in the time between the call and when the cops arrive? 

Why guns?  That's why guns, folks!*

*Although in dad's case he's vehemently anti gun and I sure as hell wouldn't trust him with one.


Anonymous said...

When seconds count, the police are just minutes away. Actually, a 20-minute response time is better than a lot of places (in Detroit, it's over fifty minutes). Call 911 and then call Dominoes and order a pizza. Then see who shows up first.

Glenn B said...

In this particular type of case, a 20 minute wait for the police is pretty darned good. After all it was in essence a: 'there maybe someone is in my house so I left the house and am not in danger' type of a call. My guess would be there might have been other pressing matters of more importance for the police to attend before responding to this one.

Of course, I agree, waiting for the police to respond to any type of emergency call is usually a wait of too long a time period - especially if your life is in imminent danger. In that case, if the situation is in your home, you have very few options. You can try to get away and hope an accomplice is not outside who will harm you, stay and hide and hope not to be found, if found you can try to flee as above, comply and hope for mercy from the bad guys or you can remain in the home armed with your firearm and ready to defend yourself and loved ones while awaiting the police. I believe the last would have been the best choice in most instances about which I have read or otherwise been informed.

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