(Video) Police: In an emergency, “you’re on your own”

Posted by: Phineas on March 6, 2013 at 3:53 pm

**Posted by Phineas

One of the arguments anti-Second Amendment forces have been using to argue for stricter firearms regulations is that you don’t need to own personal weapons for self-defense. After all, we have alternatives. If whistles and call boxes and puking on yourself (1) don’t work, never fear, the police have guns, and that’s all the deadly force society needs (2).

Well… That all depends on how fast the police can get there, doesn’t it? As this video from James O’Keefe’s “Project Veritas” shows, help can take so long to arrive, you’re essentially on your own:

This should be eye-opening for anyone who thinks the police will arrive in the nick of time, and I don’t blame them at all for their answers. A lot of factors can influence response time, from staffing to being deployed on other calls to miscommunication on the 911 call, itself. Here in Los Angeles, we have an excellent, dedicated police force, but this is also one of the lower-policed big cities in America, on a per capita basis. They simply cannot be everywhere at once.

Which means you’re on your own.

While I have to admit some of the cops’ answers to “what to do if someone breaks in” sounded as pathetic as the items linked above, let me join the chorus singing the praises of Milwaukee County Sheriff Clarke, shown at the end, whose plain-spoken advice to his community was “get a gun and learn how to defend yourself.” This isn’t just a necessary adjustment to times of budgetary difficulties, but sound advice that’s as true now as it was in 1776: Nothing dangerous may ever happen to you, but, if it does, you are your own first line of defense.

Or, as I’ve said before, “When seconds count, help via 911 is minutes away.”

via Katie Pavlich

RELATED: More at Hot Air.

(1) No, I’m not kidding on that last one. The “if all else fails” tips to prevent rape have since been removed by UC Colorado Springs, which claims they were, of course, taken “out of context.”
(2) Given what happened to these two women, that assurance for some reason doesn’t reassure me.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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4 Responses to “(Video) Police: In an emergency, “you’re on your own””


  1. For practical purposes, you’re on your own anyway. Police departments countrywide have been adopting a rule of engagement that treats the policeman’s safety as paramount, regardless of the danger to others. More, the Supreme Court has already ruled that private citizens have no enforceable right to police protection, nor to police intervention in the event of a felonious assault — that the decision to grant either is solely at the discretion of the policeman and his chain of command.

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    A good title for this video would be “Famous Last Words”. I prefer stories like the swimsuit model in FL who, when an ex-con tried breaking into her apartment at 3 a.m., used her pink handgun to blow his a*s back out twice as fast as the tried to crawl in. Also, Biden’s advice leaves one open to a firearms violation which is a sure way never to be licensed.
    To hear these law enforcement types’ advice the two best actions to take against attacks are to either hope in one hand and sh*t in the other and see which one gets full the fastest or to bend over as far as you can and kiss your a*s good-bye.

  3. Carlos says:

    The administration is simply taking a page from local governments when it sends out a memo to its agencies to “cut where it’ll affect the people the most” – cut services that protect people first and save the entitlements because the voters who need police and fire protection aren’t smart enough to connect the dots, while those receiving entitlements sure as heck will vote against anyone taking away those government-given rights.

    Happens every year here, and I suspect that from now on it’ll happen every year in D.C., too, because Duh-1 is making such a science of it.

  4. Steve Skubinna says:

    “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.”


    “Why do I carry a gun? Because a cop is too heavy.”