What If You Called 911 and Had to Wait 55 Minutes?

Actually it was longer than that. Questions after 55-minute dispatch for armed robbery call in Oak Lawn

55 minutes for the dispatcher to send a car, and 12 minutes for the response by the cops dispatched.

A lot of really bad things can happen in an hour.

Now it could be that all cops were already on other priority calls. It doesn’t say. That happens when there aren’t enough cops to go around to all the crime.

But the point is, people – the Left mostly – say that all we need to do to be safe is call 911. Of course that assumes you can call 911 before you get robbed. Or have some other violent confrontation.

According to the bar owner, who asked not to be identified, he called 911 three times in a one hour time period before watching three suspects board a DART train at the Inwood Station and get out of the area before police could arrive.

No photos of the miscreants in the DART station, so the cops are at a loss.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do. It can send all kinds of help your way. But if that is the only thing you are prepared to do, well, you may be waiting a very long time; you may even wait the rest of your life.

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“Just give them what they want” is not a guarantee

It’s a refrain we often hear from the folks opposed to self-defense. Just give the bad guys what they want and they will leave you alone. This guy apparently didn’t get that memo. Mother of 6 Fatally Shot While Working at Dollar General

So he comes into the Dollar General store. Video shows he points a gun at the clerk, demanding money.

The clerk handed the money to the man. He then shot her in the chest before leaving the store and running down a side street.

She gave him what he wanted, but he shot her anyway. Violent criminals don’t stop being violent criminals based on anything you do or don’t do.

A gun probably wasn’t available to this woman because she was at work, and employers don’t want you be armed at work. It is for you own protection. So how’d that work out?

But I honestly don’t what could have saved this woman aside from having her own weapon, and shooting this miscreant before he shot her.

Cooperating with criminals is a strategy. I don’t think it is a very good strategy. Of course having a weapon is also not a guarantee. “There are no guarantees in this life, save for death and next winter’s snow.

Talk About Shooting Yourself in the Foot

OK, it was actually the leg, but he was definitely a Darwin Award honorable mention! Man Accidentally Shoots Himself During Burglary Attempt: Fort Worth Police – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Three miscreants are breaking into a vehicle and not being very stealthy about it.

The homeowner came outside and startled the men, who ran from the scene, according to police. One of the men was armed with a handgun that discharged a round into his thigh.

The stupid, it hurts.

The guy who shot himself is in the hospital.

What If You Called 911 And No One Was Available to Respond?

See also the previous post (on dispatch center is San Francisco) Veteran Dallas police officer says is department understaffed – Story | KDFW

Shrinking size of police departments in major urban centers somehow doesn’t surprise me. Not given the past 3 years. What surprises me is how many people still want to be police in places like Dallas.

The current response time in Dallas to “priority” 911 calls is about 8 minutes. The officer who is the focus of article says it worse than that. The city stands behind the numbers.

Staffing is the issue.

[Mike] Mata [Dallas Police Association president] said the Dallas city manager’s budget looking to hire 250 officers doesn’t come close to matching the retirement rate.

“We’re easily going to hit 500 this fiscal year add that to the 350-plus that we lost last year, so you’re looking on the verge of 900 officers over the last 20-22 months,” Mata said.

I’m kinda surprised that they can find 250 recruits.

What is the point of city government if they aren’t providing what used to be called “essential city services?” That would be police and fire protection (and things like 911 dispatch centers that support them)?

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

Without the means for armed self-defense, the old and the infirm would be at the mercy of the young and the violent. Elderly homeowner shoots 21-year-old intruder at Red Bird home, Dallas police say | Dallas | Dallas News

You can also file this under, “Texans are still armed.”

So how is an elderly gentleman supposed to react to a 21-year-old threatening him at 1:45 AM, in his own home? I really would like to have someone who hates – or is afraid of – guns explain this to me.

The resident said Facundo was advancing toward him and he shot because he was in fear for his life.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Texans are still armed; home-invaders still getting shot.

You think that memo would have circulated by now. (This is more of a dog-bites-man story than man-bites-dog.) Dallas Homeowner Shoots, Wounds Two Suspected Burglars | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

So 2 people try to break into a home at 4 in the morning, only to find one armed, Texan (but I repeat myself) homeowner.

Police said they found one of the suspected burglars on the ground and transported the person to Baylor University Medical Center in unknown condition.

They are still searching for the 2nd guy.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Hacker Shows That Dallas Area Emergency Sirens Are Not Secure. Officials are Angry.

They should be embarrassed. This isn’t 1997, it is 2017. Infrastructure needs to be secured against hacking. But they are all “appalled at the attack.” Hacker Set Off All Dallas Emergency Sirens in Middle of Night, City Says – NBC News

A city spokesman said all 156 emergency sirens were activated at 11:42 p.m. Friday, and the office of emergency management service agency eventually disabled the entire system at 1:17 a.m.

Here is the money quote.

The OEM hopes to have the system back up and running, with safeguards to prevent another hack, by Sunday night.

So the million dollar question is, “Why weren’t those safeguards in place last week?” Here are some other questions: When was the last security audit by an outside firm? (Can you spell “Red Team?”) What amount of the budget is dedicated to security? Are other aspects of the public infrastructure at similar risk? Who is that OEM, and how did they get the contract? (I don’t expect any of these questions to be answered.)

If you think this is only a problem in Dallas, there is probably some Florida swampland still available for purchase.