Give a Cop a Break, Buy a Gun

A police officer from Miami has finally been fired after an investigation into evidence that he had been ignoring emergency dispatch calls to hang out with his girlfriend and drink coffee with his fellow citation-gifters. In Chicago recently, they found a way to get around this. They just told Chicago citizens they would not be responding to certain kinds of emergency calls, like for burglaries, car thefts, and break-ins (if no suspect was on the scene).

Miami and Chicago are high-crime cities. The police are probably very busy dealing with gang violence and shootings and all the rest. So certain calls aren’t high priority. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said that the Chicago police now respond in person to 70% of emergency calls, as opposed to the lower 30–50% of other cities. Apparently, he would like to see Chicago’s response numbers go down to match other major cities.

This all sounds bad, and it may be bad. But my impression from my time in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago is that police officers there are so busy dealing with real stuff that they tend to leave law-abiding citizens alone. I grew up in a smallish town that was so safe, the police had little to do but pull over “suspicious drivers” (which meant teenagers and black people… sorry, it’s just the truth). They would pull you over, and within ten minutes two or five more patrol cars would show up. All of them would be antsy and ever-ready to pull their guns. It’s like they watched too many episodes of COPS and felt jipped when the job turned out to be rather boring. They pretty much did nothing but harass law-abiding citizens and give out citations that did nothing to make us any safer. We didn’t really need a police force, to be honest. Almost all of us owned guns and knew how to use them. The police existed to perpetuate their own existence. Which they did a good job of.

The situation is different in big cities though. The police are often necessary to prevent violent crime. And they’re even more necessary in cities with extremely strict gun control laws. From the sound of it, police forces in the big cities are being stretched thin. And stricter gun control laws aren’t going to make that any easier. The Chicago police basically just said burglars have free reign as long as they flee the scene as soon as they are discovered. This could be a good thing. Maybe it will wake some people up. If you’re not going to show when your citizens call, at least let them have guns to protect themselves. And, Chicago citizens, don’t be such cowering sheeple. Give a cop a break. Buy a gun.



12 thoughts on “Give a Cop a Break, Buy a Gun

  1. Carl Stevenson says:

    Police seldom prevent crime. (I am a former police officer, so I speak with some personal knowledge.). They generally aren't there when "thing go down." (Funny how the bad guys tend to pick locations where there's no armed person, cop or not, to stop them, right? Just because they're criminals doesn't necessarily mean they're stupid.)
    The police will try to prevent crime, if, by chance, they happen to be there, or get there while it's still happening, but that doesn't happen that often.
    People need to take personal responsibility and be prepared to defend themselves. Period.

    • Carl, the problem is that people have completely abdicated the idea of personal responsibility. They're convinced that the government will come in and "save" them from any crisis. Yet, when the government proves time and time again that it's completely inept at anything it does, the people still clamor to be saved because they don't want to shoulder the responsibility.

      • Carl Stevenson says:

        So, I say, let Darwin take care of them. Just leave the rest of us alone to take care of ourselves. Don't pull us down to the lower standard.
        I frankly don't care if the herd gets thinned at the stupid, irresponsible end.

        Here's an idea ... If they don't want a 'civil disturbance,' why in the hell don't they quit disturbing us?

    • CARL - woo hoo!! You are absolutely correct!!

  2. In the Warren VS Washington D.C. case, a federal judge ruled that police have NO DUTY OR RESPONSIBILITY to assist the individual. Even if the police dispatcher tells you they are on the way, you cannot sue them for NOT coming. In this case three women were brutalized and beaten and they had called the police who drove by but would not come in and help them. and yet we get to pay taxes for police and sheriff.

  3. Cops don't have enough officers to respond to crimes. Might I suggest this solution. About a month ago where I live in Bakersfield, California, there was an automobile accident at a downtown intersection and this is what I observed while I was sitting at the downtown bus station (GET) and there for about thirty minutes. Along with three (3) fire engines response and two (2) ambulances on scene there was also twenty-one (21) police cars and several of those officers had with them a riding partner, three (3) traffic control officers and six motor (6) cycle units. This was just what looked like a minor to moderate fender-bender, there was no fire, no gasoline on the street, I never saw anyone use the ambulance nor transported. Where two tow trucks would have cleared the automobiles away in minutes [I never saw the tow trucks arrive] the accident scene tied up traffic for the better part of an hour that I observed until I left. You see this type of accumulated mass officer response is seen over and over again. No matter where the crime or accident you see this over and over and over again. The monies tax payers are paying is abused. Yesterday, the Bakersfield Police Departmetn reported all types of crimes including murders, rapes, and violent crime are up from previous years and it is very obvious why. Where years ago three or four police officers would respond to this type of accident now they cannot do their job unless ten to twenty officers are on scene. And the worse of it all, that many officers present on the scene are not doing any specific job but are standing around talking with PD friends and smoking. It is so obvious why crime is up in Bakersfield the police aren't doing their job. And then you wonder why crime is up?

  4. From what I understand, cops are looking for "arrest numbers" and when they call additional police to the scene they can all get credit for the "arrest". It is why they illegally detain and arrest some citizens, to put the numbers up. Even if it is found out later that a search, detainment, arrest was not warranted and thrown out by a judge. Your welcome for complicating your life for selfmotivate reasons instead of "Protect and Serve" ing

  5. This go on in everytown U.S.A sounds like Phoenix Arizona Cops? Cant Clearout Drug Dealers Same Area 43 Years Same old? They say cant catch all even in small Areas Billions of Dollars spent on Law Enforcement in U.S.A. cant clean up small Area MyMy?Then thry smile for Illegals never enforceing the Laws of America? But they are good at Citations Harrassing Bike Riders Real Dangerous Stuff? Oh Yes If Obmaa would of had a Real Background Check never had Him ? Whose Law enforcement Department not doing Their Jobs? A birth Certificate Carrying Taxpaying Voteing Legal American>>>P.S. I Bet Obummer cant say That Bet You Bet You Bet You>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  6. If you think the cops will protect you be prepared for a short life. Call 911 and they will show up tomorrow.

    Come see us at The Two Minute Conservative, and when you speak ladies will swoon and liberal gentlemen will weep.

  7. I respect the police but we need to stop referring to them as first the responder. The citizen is the first responder.

  8. proofreader for hire says:

    re: " It’s like they watched too many episodes of COPS and felt jipped"
    gyp verb ( gypped, gypping) [ trans. ] cheat or swindle (someone)