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15 Minutes to Stay Alive

December 27, 2015



A friend of mine is a new mom.  She and her beautiful baby live in Los Angeles.  I owe them a visit.  At least I owe her coffee and conversation the next time I’m nearby and we have 15 minutes to kill.  Then again, 15 minutes can be a very long time for a new mom.  Now that I think of it, even 5 minutes is forever if you need help.  As I mentioned, my friend lives in Los Angeles where she is not allowed to carry a firearm in public.  She called and asked if she should carry a gun for protection.  She isn’t alone.  Many gun owners are asking the same question after the recent attacks in southern California.

Let’s get this obvious point out of the way.  My friend wants a gun because she is afraid someone might hurt her and her family.  That makes sense.  There were 44 murders in the LA area last month.  That is three times the number of people the terrorists killed in San Bernardino.  On top of that, there were thousands of assaults and robberies reported in the LA area last month.  What would happen if a criminal decided to break into my friend’s home?  My friend could call a good guy with a gun for help but that always takes time.  Sometimes, like the recent murders in San Bernardino, there is no time.

Seconds count.  The police response to the recent Christmas party murders in San Bernardino was exemplary.  Law enforcement arrived 3 to 4 minutes after they were called.  The San Bernardino murderers had already killed 14 and wounded an additional 22 people in that amount of time.  The muslim terrorists were long gone when the police arrived.

What would my friend with a baby do if she hears or sees a break in when she is at home?  She would grab her child and retreat to a safe area of her home.  She’d barricade her family into this room to buy time.  She’d call 911.  Then, depending on priority, an emergency dispatcher would send a police officer to investigate.  Police then travel to the scene and stop the criminal activity.  This takes time at every step.

Time is crucial.  Most burglaries are over in minutes.  Assault and robbery are over and done in seconds.  Murdering terrorists kill three to four people a minute.

The average police response time is 5 to 10 minutes depending on the city, on weather conditions, and on the time of day.  As you should imagine, criminals are seldom caught at the scene.

Scholars who study violence say that response time is the critical factor to stop crime and limit the number of victims.  That is a fancy way of saying you need to defend the people you love right now rather than later.  My friend, the new mom, could defend herself in seconds if she were armed.  I’ve seen her.  She can do it.  She could protect her family until help arrives.. but only if she is at home.  She is supposed to be disarmed every time she steps outside.  By law, she is supposed to lock up her gun if she walks to the curb to get the mail.  She is supposed to lock up her gun when she puts a smelly diaper in the trash can late at night.  Those laws sound like a war on women to me.

My friend wants go get a gun and carry it.  Self-defense makes sense to her.  If her child were hurt, she’d apply first aid.  If she had an accidental fire in her home, she would move her child, call for help, and grab a fire extinguisher.  She would respond to the situation first .. and later call for help when she has time.  Self-defense deserves the same response.  What is she supposed to do, drop her child and run to safety?

She can’t carry a gun legally in Los Angeles because local politicians consider her and her family to be politically disposable.  Money talks in politics.  Special interests made large campaign contributions.  These special interests paid democrat politicians.  The democrat politicians then passed gun-control laws that disarm honest citizens in LA.  Now, my friend is supposed to sacrifice her family to some gun-control fantasy.  I don’t think she will.

There are thousands of visitors in Los Angeles who have their permits and legally carry a concealed firearm.  I think my friend will join them.  She will disobey an unjust law in order to keep herself and her family safe.  I don’t blame her.

Do you?

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  1. December 27, 2015 12:39 pm

    Make sure you advise her to at least register the gun and if she is caught with it, it will be only misdemeanor…we suck in California with protecting people.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. zigmommy permalink
    December 27, 2015 1:00 pm

    I don’t blame her one bit. Three years ago when we moved back to California this issue was a major reason (not the only consideration, but a heavily contributing one) we decided not to live in Los Angeles County. I grew up in the LA area for a good portion of my childhood, my husband works in LA County, and I have a rich history in that geographical area. But nearby San Bernardino County issues CCW permits and LACo. does not. We couldn’t get past this idea that agendas meant more to the LACo. leadership than common sense and a family’s right to self-protection. Politically disposable, indeed. Well said, sir!


    • December 28, 2015 7:10 am

      Thank you for protecting your self and your family. We need a million more like you to change the face of concealed carry in LA.


  3. Rich permalink
    December 28, 2015 9:05 am

    The hard-left Marxist and Islamists who infect our federal government plus the MSM media prostitutes who protect them will gleefully lie, falsify, fabricate, slander, libel, deceive, delude, bribe, and treasonably betray the free citizens of the United States..

    Second Amendment foes lying about gun control – The Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting. The Second Amendment has nothing to do with personal self-defense.Firearms are our constitutionally mandated safeguard against tyranny by a powerful federal government. Only dictators, tyrants, despots, totalitarians, and those who want to control and ultimately to enslave you support gun control.

    No matter what any president, senator, congressman, or hard-left mainstream media prostitutes tell you concerning the statist utopian fantasy of safety and security through further gun control: They are lying. If their lips are moving, they are lying about gun control. These despots truly hate America..

    These tyrants hate freedom, liberty, personal responsibility, and private property. But the reality is that our citizens’ ownership of firearms serves as a concrete deterrent against despotism. They are demanding to hold the absolute power of life and death over you and your family. Ask the six million Jewws, and the other five million murdered martyrs who perished in the Nazzi death camps, how being disarmed by a powerful tyranny ended any chances of fighting back. Ask the murdered martyrs of the Warsaw Ghetto about gun control.

    Their single agenda is to control you after you are disarmed. When the people who want to control you hold the absolute power of life and death over your family, you have been enslaved. The hard-left Marxist and Islamists who infect our federal government plus the MSM media prostitutes who protect them will gleefully lie, falsify, fabricate, slander, libel, deceive, delude, bribe, and treasonably betray the free citizens of the United States into becoming an unarmed population. Unarmed populations have been treated as slaves and chattel since the dawn of history.

    Will we stand our ground, maintaining our constitutionally guaranteed Second Amendment rights, fighting those who would enslave us?

    American Thinker


  4. Paul Barwick permalink
    December 28, 2015 1:50 pm

    I faced the same conundrum living in San Francisco. A few months ago I sat down and seriously looked at all my options. The only one that made sense to me was to pack up the home I had lived in for 30 years and move. I now live in a “shall issue” state where my legally licensed gun is as much a part of my everyday wardrobe as my wallet.

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  5. Blade permalink
    December 28, 2015 2:27 pm

    I carried a Colt 1911 when I lived in the Bay Area. Good thing too as it saved my life twice. Unfortunately we still can’t get permits in that liberal communist cesspool.

    Liked by 1 person

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