When Seconds Count Will You Survive

When Seconds Count Will You Survive
Can you survive till they arrive or would you rather defend yourself and your family?

Hawaii Concealed Carry
Hawaii Concealed Carry

Hawaii –-(Ammoland.com)- “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.” People often hear this statement thrown about and automatically believe that it is a derogatory statement against our police officers.

That line of thought could not be further from the truth.

The fact is, it has absolutely nothing to do with the police, but everything to do with the limitations of physics. Although law enforcement officers are heroes in every sense of the word, they are not superheroes-they cannot fly or teleport.

As such, police officers are limited in their ability to respond to an incident by how quickly they can safely navigate traffic-if they are even notified that a crime is being committed. However, it appears that Louis M. Kealoha, the Honolulu Chief of Police, seems to believe that those under his charge are indeed superhuman and can arrive anywhere, at any time, without delay, in order to prevent a violent crime from being attempted or committed.

“If you or any of those around you are placed in danger of bodily injury by word or deed, the police department should be contacted immediately so that proper action may be initiated.”

Those are the exact words of Chief of Police Kealoha in his letter informing me that my application for a permit to carry a concealed firearm for the purpose of self-defense had been denied. However, by their own admission, in the Honolulu Police Department’s 2009 Annual Report, the average response time to a Priority 1 call (an emergency where there is a threat to life or property) is 7.59 minutes from the time the dispatcher receives the call until the first police officer arrives on scene. Ask yourself, how long is 7.59 minutes when someone is trying to rob, rape, or kill you? What if the victim was your mother, wife, or daughter? One must remember, the clock doesn’t even start ticking until someone is able to call 9-1-1. Listen to this 9-1-1 call and witness the tragedy.

So, the question that I pose to Chief of Police Kealoha is, what exactly does “proper action may be initiated” even mean? Given the sheer number of things that can go horribly wrong in 7 ½ minutes, I’m prone to believe that he really means, “file a report and hope we can catch the guy who did this.” Luckily, the Honolulu Police Department has some extremely talented police officers, and as a result, the solve-rate of violent crimes is quite high. However, solving a case does not take away what was done, it merely brings justice to the victim or to the victim’s family. One other interesting point about the current process to acquire a permit to carry a concealed weapon is that, even if someone is able to show “good cause” and then manages to meet the State’s arbitrary (and currently unknown to the public) standard for approval, they are still forced to wait two to four weeks before being issued their permit. Once again, Chief of Police Kealoha, how does that even begin to address an “urgent need” for self-defense?

The sad truth is that the police have no legal obligation to protect citizens from harm.

The District of Columbia’s Court of Appeals even went so far as to say in Warren vs. District of Columbia that it is a “fundamental principle of American law that a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any individual citizen.”

So not only does Chief of Police Kealoha get to decide who should and should not be allowed to exercise their right to self-defense, he has the audacity to imply that by simply picking up the phone (an action not so easily accomplished when one is being actively attacked) and calling the police, no one will ever be hurt or killed. Tell that to the 3,559 victims of violent crime in 2009 (2010 data was not available at the time of writing).

What if, instead of being forced to rely on others to take care of us, our right to defend ourselves and our loved ones from those who wish to do us harm was restored? What if that 7.59 minutes was turned into 7.59 seconds? How many of those 3,559 violent crimes would have been prevented if the victims had been allowed to exercise their God-given right of self-defense instead of waiting for an undermanned, overworked, and underpaid police department to show up?

In closing, I challenge you to cast aside any negative feelings about guns and concealed carry and ask yourself one simple question: are you confident that you can hold off an attacker for 7 ½ minutes while you wait for the cavalry in blue to arrive?

About Hawaii Concealed Carry:
Hawaii Concealed Carry is a single-issue group formed with the mission to promote the restoration of Second Amendment rights contained within the constitution, the right of the people to keep and bear arms. We are a non-partisan group; our only care being, whether people support the right of self-defense and defense of others. Our philosophy is that through responsible use, education, communication, and understanding we can promote a safer environment for Hawaii residents, while reducing crime, and supporting our fundamental constitutional rights. Visit: www.hawaiiccw.com

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    Massod Ayoob has wise teachings for close to close combat/seconds.

    Mojavegreen
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    As much as I like to obey the law. I will never obey any law that will interfere with my personal safety or that of my family and close friends. I have experienced first hand a 911 rejection by the dispatch. When I reported gun fire. I was told "were sorry, but it is too dangerous for us to send anyone out to help you. We recommend you hide until the shooting stops.". That gave me a majorly rude awakening and I learned a lot about the obligatory factor of the 911 system. The fact is there is no obligation.… Read more »

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    To think that in the 1970's Hollywood made a movie called "The Super Cops". Only to discover that cops are under no obligation to protect individuals.

    BOBFROMBC
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    SOLVING A CRIME "DOES NOT" TAKE TAKE AWAY WHAT WAS DONE TO THE VICTIM; IT "DOES NOT" BRING JUSTICE TO THE VICTIM OR THEIR FAMILY, THEY ARE STILL VIOLATED. ALL IT DOES IS TRANSFER THE BLAME TO THE ONE THAT ORIGINALLY COMMITTED THE CRIME, NOT THE ONE TO WHICH THE BLAME BELONGS…THE PERSON THAT WILL NOT ISSUE THE PERMIT FOR THE ORIGINAL VICTIM TO PROTECT HIS/HER SELF. A PERMIT (WHICH SHOULD NOT BE REQUIRED) TO EXERCISE THEIR GOD GIVEN RIGHT AND THE PROTECTION OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CONSTITUTION (SECOND AMENDMENT) TO PROTECT THEMSELVES. THE POLICE ARE ONLY HEROES WHEN… Read more »

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    Just imagine it's like you were in school and just tell the bad guy your taking a time out. My time outs are in .45 increments and travel quite fast since I am lucky enough to live in a shall issue conceal carry State.