What if you called 911, and had to wait for an hour?

A lot of really bad things can happen in an hour. Flint police response times approach 1 hour for most-serious 911 calls | MLive.com

FLINT, MI – The time it takes police to respond to the most-serious 911 calls in Flint has more than doubled over a six-month timeframe this year.

Wait times were 21 minutes in January for about 3000 priority 1 calls, and about 58 minutes in July for 2200 calls.

The definition of priority 1 calls:

Priority-one calls are categorized by dispatchers as the most-serious situations and include incidents like shootings, stabbings, domestic violence and other critical requests for help.

There are reasons for the delay, and they are spelled out in the article. But debating the state of law enforcement in Flint isn’t what I’m about.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do, assuming you can call BEFORE bad things happen. (You need to be aware, but that is another story.) But if your only action is to call 911 and wait to be rescued, you may be waiting for some time. You may wait for the rest of your life. Calling 911 is a fine thing to do, but it would help if you had another option. It could be anything from pepper spray to firearms, but whatever your other option is, you need to think about it in advance.

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Airport Attacks Not Limited to Europe

Not too surprising to see these kinds of things everywhere. Michigan Airport Stabbing: Officer Attacked in Possible Terror Incident – NBC News

The attacker allegedly shouted “Allahu akbar” before stabbing Lieutenant Jeff Neville, who was bleeding from the neck, sources and witnesses at Bishop International Airport said.

Poland is not ready to sign up for these kinds of things. Poland Shuts Border to Islamic Migrants to Keep Potential Terrorists Out

Despite the threat of sanctions from the European Union (EU), the Polish government has decided to not allow any more Muslim migrants into its country to help reduce the risk of radical Islamic terrorism.

If You Break Into Homes, You Will Eventually Find an Armed Homeowner

You should not be surprised by the result. Armed homeowner fires on men trying to break into Detroit home | MLive.com

So these guys are very lucky.

“The homeowner fired a shot as the suspect was entering through the window, and all three fled,” Detroit police said. “Nothing was taken and no injuries were reported.”

Self-defense is a human-right.

Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

Break into enough homes, and you will eventually find an armed homeowner. Homeowner shoots 2 intruders, kills 1 in Iosco County, police say | MLive.com

The 66-year-old man was in his home when two men entered, both wearing masks and brandishing hunting-type knives. The men attempted to rob him, but the resident shot them both with a rifle, Kaiser said.

One suspect, a 21-year-old Oscoda man, was dead and still wearing his mask when troopers arrived. The second suspect, a 29-year-old man also from Oscoda, received treatment for a gunshot wound on scene and then flown to a Saginaw hospital. He is expected to survive, Kaiser said.

I suppose they thought that a 66-year-old was an easy target. They were wrong.

The homeowner has not been arrested, because self-defense is a human-right.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed resident. Resident shoots home invasion suspect

A “parolee – abscounder” with a warrant out for his arrest, was in a car crash and fled on foot. He broke into a home. The occupants armed themselves, held him off, and called police. When police arrived the home-invader entered the bedroom where one occupant had been hiding. That resident, fearing for his safety fired 1 shot, striking the miscreant in the neck.

Cops captured him, took him to a medical center for treatment and arrested him.

Self-defense is a human-right.

A Domestic Violence Story that (for a change) Ends with the Abuser Dead

I read too many domestic violence stories in the media. With depressing regularity, women are killed by men who claim to love them. This one has a better – though not happy – ending. ON THE RECORD: Belding woman acted in self-defense in fatal shooting

He had assaulted her on at least one other occasion. At least once, she had to go the hospital. He had a restraining order taken out by an ex-girlfriend. This time, she was afraid he was going to kill her.

Vincent went into the bathroom to get some of her things. Harrington then grabbed her and started hitting her and hitting her head against the wall, leaving a dent in the drywall.

Vincent told police she believed Harrington was going to kill her. She got away from Harrington, went into the bedroom and grabbed a handgun that was hanging on the wall.

She tried to lock herself in the bathroom, but that didn’t work out. She was in fear for her life so she shot the SOB. Until the gun was empty.

The prosecutor says “self-defense.” And a good thing too.

Self-defense is a human-right. Even when you know the person attacking you, it is still self-defense.

People Defending Themselves All Over the Place

Some stories of legal (and armed) self-defense to point up the fact that

  • Self-defense is a human-right, and
  • If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed homeowner.

First from Michigan’s upper peninsula. Immunity granted to homeowner in fatal home invasion shooting.

According to the Menominee County Sheriff Department, Higbee called 911 to report that someone was breaking into his garage. The alleged intruders then broke open the door between the garage and the living area. Higbee discharged a firearm multiple times after the door was breached, killing 19-year-old Haydon Gagnon.

Two more suspects were apprehended by police in woods near the home. The homeowner was granted immunity because the judge said that there is no way for the prosecutor to prove – beyond a reasonable doubt – that this was anything other than self-defense.

The gun-fearing weenies are likely to count this as a “teen, tragically shot.” The fact that he was legally an adult, and engaged in felony home-invasion, and killed in justifiable self-defense is just not interesting to them. Why clutter the issue with facts?

Next from Walters, Oklahoma… Investigators say Oklahoma homeowner fatally shoots intruder.

Investigators say Morales was breaking into a residence in the far southern Oklahoma town when the homeowner was awakened and told Morales to leave. Morales continued attempting to gain entry when he was shot by a person inside the home. Morales died at the scene

Encounters with armed homeowners are not likely to turn out well for crooks. Ignoring they guy with the gun is questionable under the best circumstances.

And from Boyd County, Kentucky… Florida man shot, killed by homeowner after breaking into Boyd County house.

Coddington forced his way into the house on O’Neal Drive in the Rush community shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday, according to state police at the Ashland post. He fought with the homeowner, who fired several shots from a handgun and killed Coddington, police said.

Maybe he thought he could overpower the homeowner, but he forgot about the equalizing power of firearms.

If someone is breaking into your home in the middle of the night, they are not there to sell you Girl Scout cookies. Calling 911 is wonderful thing, and it can bring help in short order, but the threat can also be upon you faster than the cops can respond. Calling 911 and being prepared to defend yourself seems like a great idea to me.