Wednesday, April 24, 2013

When Seconds Count, The Police Are Nearly An Hour Away...

Joseph in IL sent in a local story that really illustrates why we need to take charge of our own defense.

Jurors hear 911 call in Darien slayings: ‘I’m in my house. There’s shooting’
The 911 call begins with a gunshot.
Then Angela Kramer softly pleads for help as the gunman who killed her parents and brother seconds earlier searches for her inside the family’s Darien home.
“I’m in my house. There’s shooting,” Kramer tells the operator in a low voice immediately after the loud gunshot.
Okay, got that? The 911 call begins with a gunshot and the person who called 911 telling the operator that someone is in her house shooting. She's hiding in a closet. The person doing the shooting would later be determined to be a mentally ill friend of the woman's ex-boyfriend, allegedly armed by the ex-boyfriend and tasked with killing the woman so that the ex-boyfriend would get custody of their child.   That's not the critical part. This is:
Kramer’s 911 call lasted for more than 55 minutes until police searched the darkened house and rescued her from her hiding place.

The call STARTED with a gunshot and a frantic person claiming that there was an active shooter scenario, and it took police 55 minutes to get to the location. Darien is a suburb of Chicago, folks. This isn't a remote town in upstate Maine or in BFE Wyoming. This is a small city near a very large city. For it to take an hour for police to respond to an active shooter scenario is unconscionable. The police could WALK to my house in 10 minutes in my town, and we're about a third the size of Darien.

Regardless of what actually happened - whether it was the friend who did the shooting or a completely separate third party - the police response is the issue. This is the sort of situation that is every good person's worst nightmare - an unknown intruder is in your house and is actively doing harm to people inside the house. Those that oppose the best tools for defense would have you call the police - and wait nearly an hour for them to show up long after the shooter has left.

Those of us who support freedom feel you should have the option of responding to such a threat with the best tool possible. In this case, Joe Biden's double barrel shotgun would have worked. In other cases - read through the Dead Goblin Count and count up how many of the nearly 400 cases involve multiple attackers - something with more ammunition might be preferable. We don't get to choose the manner in which our homes will be violated. We don't get to tell the criminals "one crook per house".

Why should we be limited to the tool we use for defense when the bad guys are not?

That is all.


Shane W said...

That is friggin' crazy! I'd sure like to hear the excuse why it took so long for them to show up

Old NFO said...

That's a bit excessive... Just sayin... and thankfully the caller was saved!

Anonymous said...

From rappers "Public Enemy," I give you:

"911 is a Joke

Everyday they don't never come correct
You can ask my man right here with the broken neck
He's a witness to the job never bein' done
He would've been in full in 8 9-11
Was a joke 'cause they always jokin'
They the token to your life when it's croakin'
They need to be in a pawn shop on a
911 is a joke we don't want 'em
I call a cab 'cause a cab will come quicker
The doctors huddle up and call a flea flicker
The reason that I say that 'cause they
Flick you off like fleas
They be laughin' at ya while you're crawlin' on your knees..."

Ed said...

There may have been three guns in the house, but she did not have immediate access to one in her bedroom for self-defense. She depended on others - her family and the police. I hope she now understands that strategy did not work.

In a recent case, a local prosecutor mocked a defendant for always carrying a weapon in his own home. Trevor Dooley had it right.

"He questioned Dooley about the gun.

"You always walk around your house with a loaded gun?"

"Yes," the defendant replied.

"Even if you have no reason to walk around your house with a loaded gun in your pocket?"

"It's my house.""

Stithjim said...

In defense of BFE Wyoming, the response time is still better than that. But the response time of an armed neighbor is still quicker

Bubblehead Les. said...

Eleven Minutes response time for My Home Invasion back in '83. SEVEN minutes to WALK from my Front door to the Front Door of the Second Precinct Police Station in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Did it with my Lawyer to prove a point when I was facing Charges because I shot at the Burglar.

Which is why my Judge said my pulling the Trigger was Justified, and all Charges against me were dropped.

Carry your Guns.

Anonymous said...

Next time one should say: "I have fresh baked donuts."

I know what people like Dan Gross, Sarah Brady, Diane Feinstein, etc would say in this case. "Well, the police did show up - you should be grateful. You need to let the 'professionals' handle this."