Some “gentle souls” out there think all guns should be banned. They are indeed ignorant and misguided fools.
They’re probably beyond education on this point. But I’ll try to enlighten them anyway.
There are many reasons the 2nd Amendment recognizes an individual’s right to keep and bear arms. Some are related to liberty. But one even more near and dear to all of us is personal protection.
Here is a short, “quick and dirty” list of average police response times to emergency calls (generally defined as violent crimes in progress requiring an immediate police response) in major cities in the US. In smaller towns and rural areas, the response time can be expected to be longer.
- Minneapolis – around 8 minutes
- NYC – a bit over 9 minutes
- Denver – from 14 to 17 minutes
- Chicago – between 3 and 4 minutes (allegedly)
- DC – between 7 and 9 min (old data)
- Atlanta – 11+ minutes
- Phoenix – between 4 and 6 minutes
- Dallas – about 6 minutes
- Houston – about 5 minutes
- Seattle – about 6.3 minutes
- Detroit –24+minutes!
- LA – 5.7 miutes
Nationwide Averages: http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cvus/previous/cvus107.pdf
I’ve read somewhere that the average violent crime takes on the order of 1-2 minutes. That’s eminently believable; I damn well know someone with a knife can carve another person up like a steak to the point they won’t survive in a minute or less. A baseball bat can do the trick even quicker. So that means in only a small fraction of the cases (far less than 10%) would the police even be able to arrive during the crime – much less in time to prevent it, or to prevent injury of the innocent.
There’s a good reason for the old saying “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.” It happens to be true.
Anti-gun fools, I don’t much care if you want to help criminals and make yourselves easy targets incapable of defending yourself against an armed attacker. But I take exception to you making it impossible for me to defend myself and my family.
And so does the US Constitution.