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Protect Yourself When Police Can't

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Tuesday, 02 Feb 2016 01:08 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Most of us don’t realize it, but the attitudes politicians have toward the Constitution can have a direct effect on the safety of you and your family.

Sure, we know there is a direct relationship between big government city pols and your property tax bill.

The more the officeholders worry about their “legacy” and demonstrating “compassion” for the people, the higher your yearly tax bill is going to be.

How city or state politicians comprehend, or willfully fail to comprehend, the plain language of the Constitution and the Second Amendment can have a direct bearing on you and your family.


Take the current situation is Los Angeles. The city council likes to emphasize showy new programs and initiatives that mean ribbon cutting ceremonies and news coverage at the expense of day-to-day responsibilities like funding the police.

Besides, being a strong supporter of law enforcement isn’t popular if you are a Democrat.

As a result citizens pay the price for politician’s misplaced priorities, which is exactly what’s happening in LA today.

Too few police officers are forced to cover too much territory. LA police union President Jamie McBride told CBS News, “The citizens need to know they need to be able to protect themselves because if they call 911, we can’t guarantee we’re going to get there in time to help.”

For example, in the west LA division that contains over 200,000 people there are only three squad cars covering a 65 square mile radius between the hours of 5:30 a.m., and 10:00 a.m. McBride contends the minimum number of units for area that size during those hours is seven.

Conceivably a single serious traffic accident could tie up two thirds or more of the available units in West LA, leaving the rest of the area on its own.

Naturally, police brass says otherwise. Captain Andrew Neiman claims the Metro domestic violence division and community police units are “trying to stop crime before [it] results in a 911 call."

But that only makes McBride’s point. Those units are detailed to showy PR–centric units and not everyday patrol functions that get the 911 calls.

Which brings us back to the Constitution.

In Texas where the Second Amendment is honored, a warning that response to an emergency at your house may be slower than expected, probably means a trip to the store to buy more ammunition to tide you over until the cops arrive.

But in a state like California that discourages gun ownership and teaches citizens to be passive and well–behaved victims until people with guns do finally arrive, extra minutes can mean something worse than extra anxiety.

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.










 

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Attitudes politicians have toward the Constitution can have a direct effect on safety. In a state like California that discourages gun ownership and teaches citizens to be passive victims until people with guns do finally arrive, extra minutes can mean something worse.
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