So many women are not all confident in their ability to protect themselves during a violent confrontation, much less any little ones in their charge. In fact when I ask women this question, their response is usually this: “My husband carries a gun” or “ My Boyfriend would take care of me.”
It’s been my experience that many women are confident in the fact that their husband, boyfriend, etc. could (and would) handle any confrontation for them. The truth of the matter is, unless they are with you all hours of the day and night (with said gun in hand) that is just not a plausible defense plan.
Some place their faith in our emergency response systems (Police, Fire, EMS). Their expectation is that in that moment of need, SWAT will be dispatched and arrive to aid them within a moment’s notice.
Here are the facts:
According to American Police Beat, the average response time for an emergency call is 10 minutes. Atlanta reported the worst response times with 11 to 12 minutes and Nashville Police reported the best at just under 9 minutes.
Oklahoma City posted average response times of 10 minutes. The Department of Justice says that the best recorded time is about 4 minutes, but that time extends to an hour or more in some areas.
This is the reality. The average interaction between the victim and criminal lasts about 90 seconds.
What does that mean for you? In means that the Police, Swat, EMS, etc. will arrive - at best- about two and a half minutes after you’ve been robbed, mugged, raped, injured, or worse, and long after the assailant has gone. They will not get there in time to help you. They will only be there to pick up the pieces.
So here is the hard truth. You and only you are responsible for your personal safety. No one can be with you all of the time to be your protector, and there is no one that can get there fast enough to save you. It is all up to you.
Posted on Tue, August 12, 2014
by Jessica Cargill filed under