Saturday, December 5, 2009

A Sobering Thought...

Friend, commenter, Northeast Bloggershoot attendee, and general good egg Mopar sent me the following link:

CUSHING — A woman with a shotgun was on the phone to a 911 dispatcher this morning in Lincoln County when she shot and killed an intruder who crashed through her back patio door.

Donna Jackson, 56, told the dispatcher a man she didn't know was at her sliding glass door to her back patio about 12:40 a.m. at 352112 E 800 Road south of the Cushing city limits, said Lincoln County Sheriff Chuck Mangion.

Listen to the audio of the 911 call. This woman was on the phone with 911 for 25 minutes before the cops arrived at the house. TWENTY FIVE MINUTES. Think about that. Think about that the next time someone tells you that you don't need a gun. Twenty five minutes. That could have been Donna Jackson's entire lifetime if she hadn't had a shotgun. Twenty five minutes. Remember one thing: The police are under no obligation to protect you. None.

She was on the line for ten minutes before she was forced to employ deadly force. Ten minutes. That should be plenty of time to get a cruiser out to her location in all but the most remote of areas. From Google maps, it appears that the police department is within a mile - even the next town over is only 6 or so miles away. I'm certain that the police had their reasons for taking as long as they did - small town police work very rarely entails home invasions - but still. Ten minutes elapsed before she needed to defend herself, and another fifteen minutes before the police showed up.

Twenty five minutes, fifteen of which were after she had shot the intruder dead. Listen to the anguish in that woman's voice. A faster police response could have avoided that. A faster police response is what the gun grabbers would have us believe in rather than the power of a loaded shotgun and a general unwillingness to let others take ownership of our safety. "That's what the police are for" is complete and utter crap - just listen to Donna Jackson hoping for the police to show up to understand that. Twenty five minutes is a VERY long time when a large, drunk man is pounding on the door of a 56 year old woman.

Try telling Donna Jackson that she needs to give up her gun because she doesn't need it. Just try it.

(Money quote: "I've got a big shotgun. I'm not going into a tiny bathroom". YOU GO GIRL!!!)

Dead Goblin Count: 33.

That is all.


SpeakerTweaker said...

Kick ASS!!! Love the money quote. That's just brilliant!

I always find it just a little better when the Dead Goblin finds himself opposite the smoking barrel of a woman's gun.

Sure, men prey on men, too, but I'm sure every guy that ever tried to victimize a woman was just positive that he was going to have an easy time of it. A certain part of me would like to see the expression on their faces when that moment arrives where they realize that their plan went horribly wrong.

Hooray for Dead Goblins!


Kevin said...

"25 minutes" Sounds like just long enough for the deputy on duty to wake up, get dressed and get hit butt over there. [rolleyes]

Did it MY way said...

God Bless that woman. Increase the Dead Goblin count.

See Ya

libertyman said...

She sounds remarkably composed -- mind set is everything. Good for her!

Ziggy said...

Dumb-as cops and media. Making that 911 tape available without masking the lady's name, full address, location of the spare gate key, condition of the doors and locks.

Even that it sounds like around the back of the property avoids the fence altogether.


mopar said...

Ziggy: I was kinda surprised they didn't redact that stuff.
Jay: Thanks for the kind words! In defense of the police, I'm not so sure they were as close as you think. I tried googling the address myself, and couldn't come up with the exact address. I did find the street, but it's quite long and none of the maps I have showed addresses actual addresses on that street, not even my GPS software which usually does. It appears she lives in an unincorporated area, which is why the county sheriff responded. The county she lives in has 14,000 residences spread out over almost 1000sq miles. Google puts the county sheriff's office at 26 miles from the town she lives closest to.
Still, the national avg police response time is 8 minutes. That's the average. Longer times on a busy night or to a rural location are to be expected.
As the saying goes; when seconds count, the police are minutes away.

notDilbert said...

Look at the Map of that part of OK. All the roads are on a square grid. When she gives out the address it's essentally a grid co-ordinate. If you've lived west of the Miss, it the same system used pretty much everywhere.

Also....Those are probaly dirt roads .... and it's miles and miles of nothing but miles and miles. Her nearest neighbors were all 80 years old and probaly also 2 miles down the road.

zoom in on the map an look at the distances betwwen farm buildings.

It all pretty looks the same too. So... some drunk yahoo who's out looking for somebody at 1am .... and winds up at the wrong house .....

well....that's why most people are at least fimilar with shotgun.

If you've ever even driven through OK, Kansas, Eastern Colo. Nebraska, it's not very surprising that the LEOs took only 25 min. to get there.

notDilbert said...

And it looks like they have the goole map reference wrong

I'd say it was about here


not where they have it.

MaddMedic said...

Notice the dispatcher DID NOT tell her to put the gun down and hide? Betch East of the Mississippi and North of Washington they would have told her to hide and put the gun down!!
But of course she obviously violated the perp's right to break into her house and have his way! Some a$$hat will probably accuse her of using to much force..and said a$$hat will live somewhere guns are considered really evil!!!
I would like to hope my wife would do that. I know my sons would!

I truly hope she can deal with this and move on living her life.

SCI-FI said...

"...I don't want to kill this man, but I'll kill him graveyard dead..."

SCI-FI said...

Gotta admit, despite being happy for the woman surviving, I was gonna bust out crying by the time she started praying.

Ouch. God bless her.

They call me Moe! said...

My mother-in-law lives 3 miles from this lady's house.


mopar said...

Sci-Fi: you wern't the only one.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

Kevin said: "25 minutes" Sounds like just long enough for the deputy on duty to wake up, get dressed and get hit butt over there. [rolleyes]

That's actually not an unreasonable assumption - some small towns only have one or two officers, so there are times when there's nobody actually "on duty," just someone on call. They just don't have the crime rate and the budget for a larger department.

It sounds like it may have been a different situation here, with the deputy possibly on the far end of his area. This is also not uncommon, for similar reasons. Just as an example, the county my parents live in only has two deputies on duty for the entire county during most nights.