Last time I checked (about a year ago),there were about 700,000 cops in the US. In any given 8 hour shift, around 240,000 of them are on official duty. There are around 280 MILLION of the rest of us. That means about ONE cop for around every 1,200 of us. The math makes it a no-brainer to say that we're really on our own when it comes to personal security.
And the Supremes have ruled that the while the police have a duty to maintain law and order and preserve PUBLIC safety, they have no special obligation to any SPECIFIC citizen. On that basis, some cops -- like those who died on 9-11 and at other times actually trying to save individuals -- really ARE heroes!
Try as they might, the cops cannot be everywhere.
They are after-the-fact agents, usually arriving in time to string some yellow tape, chalk your outline on the pavement and help the ME's boys close the doors on the meat wagon.
Like Tony Soprano, you need to "...get yourself a gun."
Tony has several.
And HE lives in that relatively gun-free sanctuary known as New Jersey.
To: Dick Bachert
I agree 100% with your reasoning, though the numbers are even worse. Many of the police are in administrative positions, many are out on vacation or sick leave, many are in training, many testifying in court (or preparing to do so), many street cops busy writing up paperwork for traffic stops, etc., and many are concentrated in high crime areas (leaving those lucky enough to live in low crime areas on our own to a much greater extent. I remember reading that the 100,000 police that Clinton supposedly got for funding would actually produce less than 10,000 on the street at any one time.
In any case, the liberals generally won't agree with your conclusion to get a gun, even if they acknowledge that your facts are correct - because to do so would mean accepting responsibility for themselves and their families, and would mean that the all-powerful nanny state wasn't so all-powerful.
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