Saturday, May 25, 2013

Can You Ask Him to Go Away?

Gun control is supposed to be about safety. Proponents argue that if only no one had guns, we’d all be better off. But as we all know, that only applies to those not inclined nor determined to commit crimes. It doesn’t apply to those that are bent on breaking the law.

In Oregon, the Joesphine County Police Department is facing budget cuts and are not able to be on call over the weekends. So, when an unidentified Josephine County woman called 911, her call was forwarded to the Oregon State Police. She was calling because her ex-boyfriend was breaking into her house, and she was sure that she was going to be assaulted. He had already put her in the hospital before, and she knew it was going to happen again. Here’s what the dispatcher told her:

 “Uh, I don’t have anybody to send out there. You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you ask him to go away? Do you know if he’s intoxicated or anything?… Once again it’s unfortunate you guys don’t have any law enforcement out there.”

 I’m sure the woman felt quite reassured. She responded, “Yeah, it doesn’t matter, if he gets in the house I’m done.”

Sure enough, the guy broke in, choked the woman and sexually assaulted her.

This isn’t the police department’s fault. If they’re facing budget cuts and layoffs, there really isn’t anything they could have done. But would have they been there in time anyway if they weren’t facing budget cuts? When seconds count, police are minutes away. The only way they could have been there to help the woman is if there was an officer already close by patrolling the area. CBS reported:

“The sheriff’s department had to cut 23 deputies and the entire major crimes unit after it lost a multi-million dollar federal subsidy, according to Oregon Public Radio. There are now only six deputies left. The sheriff’s department even put out a press release warning domestic violence victims to ‘consider relocating to an area with adequate law enforcement services.’”

I’ll go ahead and state the obvious. If the woman had been armed, there likely would have been no assault and maybe even no break-in. She would have been safe. If she had shot the guy dead when he tried to hurt her, he would have never been a threat to her again. But liberals resort to calling on women to urinate or vomit on their assaulters. Or in the case of the police dispatcher, having the woman ask the guy to go away.

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