Friday, March 21, 2008

Dial 911 and Die

Yeah, we use the slogan as a bumper sticker, but it does in fact happen. This from the AP:
Calif. Woman Slain on the Phone With 911

WEST COVINA, Calif. (AP) - A woman was asking a 911 dispatcher for help when her pleas were interrupted by gunshots, then silence. She was shot to death.

The woman told the dispatcher someone was trying to break into her home in upscale West Covina, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Dan Rosenberg said. "Deputies heard gunshots followed by silence and an open phone line," he said.

Deputies arrived at the house, 20 miles east of Los Angeles, a few minutes after Wednesday's late morning call.
The woman, whose name was not released by police, had been shot several times. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.

"At this point we believe it was a burglary gone awry," Rosenberg said.
The Cato Institute probably put it best:
Gun control puts honest citizens in the position of having to choose between protecting their lives or respecting the law. What kind of government would do such a thing?
The kind of government we'll get in spades if we put a Clinton or an Obama in the White House this fall. Remember, make 2008 your personal Year of the Gun — if you can legally do so, get a gun, learn to use it and carry it every day! Don't have an AR? Get one...they'll never be cheaper. If you regularly shoot one type of shooting sports, make it a point to try another. If you're a die-hard IPSC guy, try sporting clays. If you're a sporting clays shooter, try high-power. Don't worry...if you show some interest, someone will loan you the hardware you need to try it! Take another person to the range and introduce him or her to the joys of shooting. We are free because we exercise our rights!

I'll close this post with some words from Brother Ted, who truly speaks for us all:
I don’t need a piece of paper or a court to tell me, a free citizen of a free country, that I can’t defend myself or my family while at the same time forcing me to pay for an armed security force to come along and clean up after something goes wrong. The most basic thing that makes me free and safe is my ability to protect myself from those who would try to take away my liberty or my life.


Anonymous said...

Great post, Michael. I would add, buy a hunting license (even if you don't use it). Take Uncle Sugar's check to the gunshop and buy yourself a new gun. The year of the gun is a great idea, we should do it every year.

Anonymous said...

Great post, Michael. I would add, buy a hunting license (even if you don't use it). Take Uncle Sugar's check to the gunshop and buy yourself a new gun. The year of the gun is a great idea, we should do it every year.

Steve H. Graham said...

An AR? I dunno. Is it tactical? I only buy stuff that's tactical.

Anonymous said...

Just to stoke this a bit more, in today's Denver Post, there's a report that "Springs' 911 callers give up", which opens with, "As many as 4,000 calls to 911 are 'abandoned' each month in Colorado Springs because there are too few call-takers to answer, according to police Lt. Skip Arms." Read it here I wonder how many of those turn into police mop-up calls. When you hire other people to protect your safety, you get what you pay for.

Anonymous said...

Here is my question for the year. Where the heck has the NRA been on this litigation? Why was it NOT the NRA that brought this lawsuit? I respect everything they do, but damm it just doesn't resonate well to have them crowing about being "a civil rights" organization and NOT having moved forward on something like this years ago.

Anonymous said...

NJ Larry,
Take a look at the NRA News site, their Institute for Legislative Action site and their home site, for a run-down of what they've been doing on this case and others. That way, you won't have to take it from someone like me.
The NRA filed very effective briefs, on our behalf, on this case. They are not a plaintiff in this case, so they didn't bring suit.
I think that you were a member of the NRA in the past, if I recall some of your earlier correspondence. You may want to reconsider re-joining. You've convinced me to join the Second Amendement Foundation. I'm looking into that too, since they also filed a brief. Together, we will be stronger. Staying positive and not divissive will defeat our enemies.
Life Member (NOT Blind Member)

Anonymous said...

I in no way am denigrating the NRA and what it does. BUT, from what I have heard of the origins of this case Bob Levy apparently took the bulls by the horns and organized the effort. I am always suspicious of large organizations (though not in the GOA sense). That means I want large organizations to be accountable (gov't or private). I think it is healthy to ask the NRA folks "what have you done for me lately?".

A little disclosure here. I am a Benefactor Life Member, Life member of my State organization and general contributor to numerous SA causes. Again I just don't trust most people or corporate entitites. I guess its that whole original sin thingy....

Anonymous said...

NJ Larry,
Thanks for the response. You ask good questions and have realistic and challenging expectations. Don't give up on large organizations, or small ones. Each is made up of individuals. Everyhting that they do can be reduced down to the level of accountability of an individual. Every action has a name attached to it. So, keep asking and keep everyones feet to the fire, but also provide your leadership. Last, nominate and vote, that includes for members of the NRA Boards and it's officers.
Life Member

Unknown said...

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