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December 27, 2012

Top Ten things to do after calling 911

Let’s face it, if you are lucky enough to get off a 911 call when your home is invaded by bad guys, you still have to deal with the awkward 10 minutes or so until the police arrive.  In the old days you might have shot the bad guy several times and then maybe gone back to bed or finished a crossword.  However in these post 2nd amendment enlightened times there is really no way to avoid the awkward time that you and your home invader will be spending together.  So I’ve comprised this short list of things you might consider to fill that time.

Top 10 things to do while waiting for police to arrive

10. Look for your misplaced bucket list
9. Play a chopsticks duet
8. Bake real Tollhouse cookies
7. Facebook
6. Write a new bucket list
5. Clean microwave
4. Exchange childhood memories
3. Plead for your life
2. Learn the lost art of Haiku
1. Pray


Common sense and our government both warn us to plan and prepare for unexpected disasters or other emergencies.  We have fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, first aid kits, air bags, maybe a disaster kit and this list of things that we have, but hope we never have to use, goes on and on.   When it comes to emergencies such as earthquakes and hurricanes we are encouraged to be self sufficient for a few days until help can arrive, but when faced with an emergency such as a home invasion our government is strangely silent on how we are to be self sufficient in defending ourselves until help can arrive.

The average response time of a 911 call is over 8 minutes….the response time of a .44 magnum is 1400 feet per second.


True, it is very unlikely that your home will be invaded, but it happens everyday to someone somewhere and if their only defense is to call 911, then they will be defenseless for about 10 minutes.   That 10 minutes is approximate, but news from places like New York, where even though crime is on the decline, average response times are getting longer.   And there is Detroit…

Bad guys prey on the defenseless. Bullies don’t pick on the big guy and thieves prefer dimly lit homes without big dogs and without loud alarms. Scammers target the most vulnerable up to and including those who have absolutely no defense, the dead. The point is that if a bad guy thinks you are defenseless then you are a potential target. We are safest, when we can, or appear we can, defend ourselves.

Recent mass shootings of defenseless men, women and children on both the East Coast and West Coast should have been a warning for us to better prepare for those moments when we will be defenseless.   In Connecticut the school shooter killed himself when he heard police arriving to defend those in the school.  In the Clackmas, Oregon shopping mall, the shooter quickly stopped shooting defenseless shoppers and turned the gun on himself when he realized that a shopper drew his personal gun in defense of the defenseless.

Right now there are people in all walks of our government working to limit your ability to defend yourself during those first 10 minutes.   Find your elected officials and tell them you don’t support limits on your ability to defend yourself, your family, or your property.

In my opinion, if anyone denies someone else the ability to defend themselves against bad guys, then they are an accessory to the crime.   They may just as well have tied their hands behind their back and put a bag over their head.



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