The investigative journalists at Project Veritas are at it again, and this time they visited local police departments across the nation and asked law enforcement officials what residents should do if they are threatened by a break-in, armed robbery or other violent crime.
Most of the localities visited, like New York and New Jersey, have restrictive gun laws, so you can imagine that the answers were… quite creative (and not very encouraging).
What happens between the time I call 9-1-1 and the time you get there?
Law Enforcement Officer – Bronxville, NY: “It takes a couple minutes to get there.”
Project Veritas: “OK, in the two minutes, though, what do i do?”
LEO: “In the two minutes what do you do?”
LEO: “That’s a good question.”
PV: “Basically, in just that two minutes I’m on my own?”
LEO: “Look on the internet about how to get a gun permit.”
PV: “How long does that take to get?”
LEO: “In New York? About a year.”
Here are some other suggested self defense techniques you can apply in the event your life is threatened and police are minutes away:
“It’s 2013. It’s the United Stated of America. You lock your doors and hope nothing happens.”
“That’s why we have call boxes. That’s why we have safe zones. That’s why we have the whistles.”
“Lock yourself in a room and call us.”
“Just make noise. I would just make noise. It generally scares people off.”
“I would scream. Let somebody know I was there.”
“Lock yourself in a bedroom. Start yelling and screaming, so maybe the guy breaking hears that somebody’s home and runs out the door.”
“If you pick up a bat and start hitting somebody if he comes in your home. You’re allowed to do that.”
“If you just take your cell phone out, put it up to your ear, and call 9-1-1, a lot of times that makes people think twice before they do something.”
“You could leave the home if you can get to an exit. You know, you could leave the home.”
“Put some kind of two-by-four stick or something in the window so you can jam it up.”
“In case of emergency, I’m gonna do what I have to do. Go get some bleach. Go get some ammonia.”
… “[you're on your own] unless you have a dog”
“If a man enters your home, all bets are off.”
“You’re just asking questions that I can’t answer for you.”
According to a recent city-by-city response time report at American Police Beat, it takes police in major metropolitan areas about 10 minutes to respond to an emergency 9-1-1 call. And in some areas, police response times are so slow that neighbors have been forced to organize themselves into patrols.
If you live in a state where it’s still legal to carry a personal self defense firearm, you can feel comfortable being “on your own.”
If not, you may want to head down to your local hardware store and pick up a two-by-four, some bleach, and a whistle.
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