Calling 911 failed. Survivor teaches that you must defend yourself.

Bre LasleyWhen you aren’t expecting something bad to happen, your first thought is that it can’t be happening. And if you’ve never considered fighting back, well if you plan nothing, then you will execute your plan. Attempted murder survivor tells women to fight back – The Daily Universe

First let’s deal with the failures of 911. Several people called 911 – including the two sisters whose home was invaded. (One of whom would be stabbed before the night was over.) The result was not as advertised.

Although both women and several neighbors called 911 during that time, none of the calls was dispatched.

Say it again. The result of calling 911 to report a home-invasion attack in progress resulted in NO cops being sent. An off-duty cop who chanced to hear the call for help, stopped and he killed the attacker.

So today, Bre Lasley teaches that women need to defend themselves.

After speaking to people in the police department following the attack, Lasley learned only 20 percent of women fight back against their attackers, leaving 80 percent of women to be raped, murdered or both.

Lasley said she fell into the 80 percent category in the beginning. She felt completely frozen while her attacker was beating her. It wasn’t until her sister came upstairs, screaming and swinging punches, that Lasley said she got the motivation to start fighting for her life.

So self-defense is mostly about attitude. “There are no dangerous weapons; there are only dangerous men” Heinlein wrote that in the 1950s (as part of Starship Troopers), so I guess we will forgive him for his leaving out half the population. I would include women in that.

But self-defense in the absence of the tools of self-defense, is a problem. (See the rest of this blog for my true feelings on the subject.) Still attitude does come first.

This statistic [the 80/20 split listed above] became the foundation of Fight Like Girls, a self-defense program Lasley started with sexual assault survivor Elizabeth Smart to help women everywhere fight their physical, mental and emotional battles.

Violent and sexual crimes rose in Germany in 2016

German Crime Stats: I wonder if they are as cooked as the British stats used to be. Violent and sexual crimes rose, break-ins fell in 2016: media reports – The Local

Of the violent offences recorded, cases of murder, homicide and voluntary euthanasia rose by 14.3 percent, reaching 2,400 cases, according to Bild. Rape and sexual assault increased by 12.8 percent to more than 7,900 cases. Hundreds of women reported sexual attacks on New Year’s Eve 2015-16 in cities like Cologne, mainly by groups of North African men.

Crime is Up and Arrests Down in LA Since 2013, and the LA Times Doesn’t Know Why

It couldn’t be that there is a witch hunt against cops, now could it? Police arrests are plummeting across California, fueling alarm and questions – LA Times

Police officers began making fewer arrests. The following year, the Los Angeles Police Department’s arrest numbers dipped even lower and continued to fall, dropping by 25% from 2013 to 2015.

You have dig pretty deep into the article before the mention Michael Brown and Ferguson, Mo. That was in 2014, though it looks like the decline started before that.

Some in the city counsel are amazed that arrests are going down while crime is not. But really, what do you expect cops to do?

In a nationwide survey conducted in 2016 by the Pew Research Center, 72% of the law enforcement officers questioned said their colleagues were less likely to stop and question suspicious people.

So there’s that.

Chicago: 3 Killed, 13 Wounded Just on Tuesday

Chicago’s year is getting off to a tough start. 3 Killed, 13 Wounded In Tuesday Shootings Across Chicago « CBS Chicago

Seven of the victims came under fire in three separate attacks along a four-block stretch of the Gresham neighborhood.

There also 9 shootings on Monday, of which 2 were fatal.

Hey Jackass lists the year-to-date totals (as of very early Wednesday morning) as 104 shot and killed, 474 shot and wounded and total of 111 murders – the other 7 not being firearm-related.

Chicago Starts the Year with 52 Killed in January (So far)

Hey Jackass Stats Not a good omen for the rest of the year. At least 50 killed, 300 wounded in Chicago shootings so far in January, CPD says | (Click the image for the full stats via Hey Jackass.)

So far in 2017, reports said at least 52 people have been murdered and about 300 people were shot. That’s slightly higher than in the same period last year. Guglielmi said Tuesday that 50 people had been murdered so far this year.

It being Chicago they have to talk about guns. They mention gun arrests are up over last year, but I would take bets that the folks arrested don’t stay in jail long. Even though illegal possession of a gun is a federal offense that carries years (or decades) of prison time. They won’t be charged under federal law.

Chicago saw more 2016 murders than New York City, Los Angeles combined

They will blame everyone but themselves. Chicago violence: Chicago saw more 2016 murders than New York City, Los Angeles combined – CBS News

One of the most violent years in Chicago history ended with a sobering tally: 762 homicides, the most in two decades in the city and more than New York and Los Angeles combined.

Hey Jackass! has other figures, but they are equally disturbing.

The powers that be are calling the “flood of illegal guns” out as the problem. They have taken 1000s of guns off the street, but not incarcerated 1000s of criminals.

While New York City saw a slight decrease in homicides and Los Angeles a slight increase for 2016, both have hit historic lows in the past several years. Philadelphia, which has also seen a dip in murder rates overall, saw a small decrease for 2016.

So where are the guns flowing into NY City and Philadelphia? Or are they handling criminals differently?

Merry Christmas – Chicago Style

On the weekend that should be dedicated to celebrating peace on earth, Chicago resembles more of a war zone. Chicago Shootings: Over Holiday Weekend, Dozens Shot; At Least 11 Killed : The Two-Way : NPR

The Tribune lists 54 shot, 11 dead, but their story requires you turn off your ad blocker. (You are using an ad blocker, aren’t you. Dangerous malware in those ads.)

There have been more than 740 homicides in Chicago so far this year — the last time the city topped 700 homicides was in 1998.

And the numbers are up SIGNIFICANTLY over 2015. Why? Because Chicago refuses to put the violent behind bars. Chicago’s grim murder trend blamed on light sentencing, misguided reforms | Fox News

Former Chicago Police Department Chief of Patrol Eddie Johnson, says the rate of murders and shootings can’t be reversed until the criminal justice system begins to hold offenders accountable.

“We have five districts that are driving the crime in the city,” Johnson said in a recent radio interview. “And within those districts, there is a small subset of individuals who are responsible for those crimes. They have multiple arrests for gun offenses and until we start holding these people accountable [the problem will persist].”

If you charged those people under federal gun laws, they would be gone for 5, 7, 10, 25 or 30 years – depending on what they were doing when they used the gun in a crime. So how come everyone on the Left is screaming for more gun laws, but we aren’t using the ones we have?