How to Call the Police when you are Old
George Phillips , an elderly man, from Meridian, Mississippi,was going up to bed, when his wife told him that he’d left the light on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window. George opened the back door to go turn off the light, but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things.
He phoned the police, who asked “Is someone in your house?”
He said “No,” but some people are breaking into my garden shed and stealing from me.
Then the police dispatcher said “All patrols are busy. You should lock your doors and an officer will be along when one is available..”
George said, “Okay.”
He hung up the phone and counted to 30. Then he phoned the police again..
“Hello,I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things from my shed.. Well, you don’t have to worry about them now because I just shot and killed them both, the dogs are eating them right now.” and he hung up.
Within five minutes, six Police Cars, a SWAT Team,a Helicopter, two Fire Trucks, a Paramedic, and an Ambulance showed up at the Phillips’ residence, and caught the burglars red-handed.
One of the Policemen said to George , “I thought you said that you’d shot them!”
George said, “I thought you said there was nobody available!”
As much as I wish that were a true story, Snopes.com dictates otherwise:
But if I may also comment on the Snopes story, not all people who complain about Police tardiness believe they are sloths. We all know Police are kept busy… that’s not the point.
The point is self-empowerment and self-defense as granted by the Creator and safeguarded by the Bill of Rights.
Most of the time, if you get attacked or burglarized, you will not have time to wait for the police. They’ll be there to take you to the morgue, or take a statement, and then, if you were left alive, you can hope that our justice system will not make any mistakes that will let the perpetrators walk free.
There are plenty of places in Texas where you have to defend yourself ‘cos the police may not get there for hours or days.
It’s a vicious circle — you train people to rely solely on the police, which leaves a lot of criminals with weapons and free reign to subvert your way of life. The solution, of course, is to hire more police and make you less dependent on yourself, which invites other criminals who are self-reliant to come knocking at your door — after all, they know their lives aren’t at stake. And the cycle continues until you have a huge police force, filled with people who’s ethics you can’t vouch for, nor control (especially since the police protect their own most of the time, and anyone trying to file a complain is treated like a criminal), and you have a population that is increasingly less capable of protecting itself.
Did you know that in Israel everyone has to go to the army and learn to wield a weapon (unless they’re dedicated to a religious life). You see troops parading down the street with their weapons.
You don’t feel unsafe, and it’s not a wild wild west.
So, why don’t we train people to use weapons? If the citizenry were duly armed, how many criminals do you think would risk their lives for a wallet?
Sure, some people might die trying to defend themselves… but how many people are dying today without even a chance? How many rape and hate crime victims would still be alive today if they had been armed? At the very least, they would have had a chance and a choice. Right now, all you can do is bend over and do what they say… Kinda like the government does it.
Here’s a great video on the importance of the 2nd Amendment: