Two days ago I heard an interview [NPR] with Pulitizer Prize winning author and journalist Charlie LeDuff, a journalist who lives near and loves Detroit and who pulls no punches when it comes to what drags the city down. His new book is Detroit: An American Autopsy
I have heard several times the argument in favor of gun control and against the need for weapons in the home for personal protection in cities. Because unlike in the country, there is always police protection within just a few minutes. So strict gun control makes sense in the city, according to these people, but not in the country where the local sheriffs office might be so far away.
Well, in the interview, LeDuff revealed that if you call the police when your home is being broken into, it will take 8 hours for the police to arrive. Yes, 8 hours.
That's plenty of time for one of Detroit's Finest to receive the call, drive home with a stop at BK, hit the hay, get in a good 6 hours of sleep, have a nice breakfast, get up, and then go to the scene of the crime.....
That's also enough time for a city cop in Oklahoma City to receive the call and drive hundreds miles deep into another state to answer a B&E call in Little Rock, Arkansas... all with time to refuel and stop for a bite to eat at a Whattaburger (never mind the cross-jurisdiction issues). But they do things differently in the country.
But back to Detroit....that's also 8 hours that a couple of home invaders armed with no more than one knife between them can find all kinds of things to do with an unarmed (due to gun control) single woman alone in her home. Yeah, when I heard this piece, the idea of laws that leave law-abiding urban residences unarmed made even less sense.
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