CHICAGO (CBS) – Starting this week, Chicago police are changing their responses to 911 calls. They’ll no longer come right away to reports of things like criminal damage to property, vehicle thefts, garage burglaries, or other crimes in which the suspect is no longer on the scene, and the victim isn’t in immediate danger.
OK. You’re at work. It’s a regular ass Thursday afternoon. Your wife is at home with the baby and your 6-year-old is about to get off the school bus. Rando creepy guy has been stalking your house for the past week and knows your family’s schedule. He knows when Dad is home and when it’s just Mom. So he breaks into your house, using a crowbar to get through the door, or by punching through a window and coming through it. He’s at LEAST got a crowbar or some heavy blunt object, possibly a knife or a gun. What does Mom do?
“Sir, sir… can I help you? Sir, please leave, this is a private residence. If you aren’t going to leave, please take a seat over there on the couch while I call the police. They should be here in the next 20 minutes or so. No, that’s yesterday’s paper, sorry.”
No! You’re going to take out your .38 snub nose and blast that guy’s nut sack off, possibly an eye or two. You really think the police are going to get there in time? Actually, you really think the dude is going to say “OK, go right ahead and make the phone call, I won’t stop you. Your cell has low battery? Shoulda got an iPhone, here, use my phone!” Nope. You’re not even going to be able to make the phone call, let alone expect the dude to wait around for the police to get there even if you can get to the phone!
It comes as no surprise that Chicago is the murder capitol of the United States. Since we sent troops into Afghanistan in 2001, there have been 2,166 American or coalition troops killed. In that same time stretch, there were 4,265 murders in Chicago. Think about that, twice as many murders. Chicago is a deadlier, less safe place to live than AFGHANISTAN! Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. Good thing they’re working.