Self Protection Versus Police Protection

     It is a general misconception that the police exist to protect the public. This is true only in the most generic sense–i.e., once a criminal act is committed, and a suspect caught and convicted. Theoretically, he is locked up so th…

     It is a general misconception that the police exist to protect the public. This is true only in the most generic sense--i.e., once a criminal act is committed, and a suspect caught and convicted. Theoretically, he is locked up so that he cannot prey on other people. The problem is that someone has to be a victim before the criminal can be taken out of society. And many offenders commit dozens of violent acts before they are caught. This doesn't even taken into account the fact that the criminal justice system continually releases the most violent offenders.

     Since police are unable to protect citizens from violent attacks, many individuals feel that it is their own responsibility to protect themselves and their families. [When an intruder is breaking into your house while you are in the dwelling, you can call 911 and hope for the best, or shoot the intruder then call 911 to report the shooting.]

Robert A. Waters, The Best Defense, 1998 

from http://jimfishertruecrime.blogspot.com/