In the gun control debate, so-called women’s advocates usually tell women that the worst thing they could possibly do is to arm them self. Guns are dangerous,” they’re told, “you’ll shoot yourself or your children.”  “If you’re attacked, you can scream or urinate.” [I’m not kidding] “leave to the professionals, call the police!”  Unfortunately, that could be one of the worst things women could do.  From CBS in Seattle in May of 2013:

An Oregon woman was told by a 911 dispatcher that authorities wouldn’t be able be able to help her as her ex-boyfriend broke into her place because of budget cuts.

Oregon Public Radio reports that an unidentified woman called 911 during a weekend in August 2012 while Michael Bellah was breaking into her place. Her call was forwarded to Oregon State Police because of lay-offs at the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office only allows the department to be open Monday through Friday.

‘Uh, I don’t have anybody to send out there,’ the 911 dispatcher told the woman. ‘You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you ask him to go away? Do you know if he’s intoxicated or anything?

“Can you ask him to go away?”  Now that’s a comforting suggestion.  The story continues:

The woman told the dispatcher that Bellah previously attacked her and left her hospitalized a few weeks prior to the latest incident. The dispatcher stayed on the phone with the woman for more than 10 minutes before the sexual assault took place.

‘Once again it’s unfortunate you guys don’t have any law enforcement out there,’ the dispatcher said, according to Oregon Public Radio.

The woman responded: ‘Yeah, it doesn’t matter, if he gets in the house I’m done.’

Fortunately, she wasn’t quite correct:

Police say Bellah choked the woman and sexually assaulted her. He was arrested by Oregon State Police following the incident…

The sheriff’s department had to cut 23 deputies and the entire major crimes unit after it lost a multi-million dollar federal subsidy, according to Oregon Public Radio. There are now only six deputies left.

The sheriff’s department even put out a press release warning domestic violence victims to ‘consider relocating to an area with adequate law enforcement services.’

Bellah pleaded guilty to kidnapping, sex abuse and assault.

Oh well.  At least she lived.  And so did another woman in New Jersey.  The story via Fox News: 

A suspect wanted in the brutal New Jersey home invasion that was captured on a nanny cam was arrested Friday, authorities said.

The Essex County prosecutor’s office said 42-year-old Shawn Custis was arrested in Manhattan by the prosecutor’s office and the FBI. Custis faces charges of attempted murder, robbery, burglary and child endangerment. A judge set bail at $750,000.

The attack last Friday in Millburn was captured on a hidden camera in the woman’s home. A man can be seen bursting into the home, punching and kicking the woman and throwing her down the stairs while her 3-year-old daughter cowered on a couch…

‘It was a horrific and brutal crime and detectives and the FBI did a really good job cooperating together to bring this individual to justice,’ Ambrose told The Star-Ledger.

Police withheld the woman’s name to protect her identity and requested the faces of her and her child be blurred when the video was aired. The woman suffered a concussion, bruises, chipped teeth and cuts around the mouth that required stitches, police said.

The nanny cam footage shows the woman sitting next to her child in front of the TV, then getting up to check out a noise of the frame. It then shows her backing up and being attacked by a man who rushes her.

The burglar made three trips upstairs to rifle through the family’s belongings, police said, assaulting the woman on the trips back to the first floor, kicking her, punching her and yanking her by the hair.

The woman screams at the beginning of the assaults, which took place over several minutes, but then is quiet as her 3-year-old remains glued to the couch.

‘I knew that if I started screaming, my daughter would, too, and I was afraid she would get hurt,’ the woman told News 12 New Jersey. ‘I took it. I didn’t cry the entire time.’

Well, at least he was caught and will be going to jail forever…not quite:

Curtis faces 10 to 20 years in prison if convicted on the attempted murder charge, and three to five years for the burglary charge, The Star-Ledger reported.

So with good behavior, he’ll probably be out in five years or so, and for attempted murder and burglary. 

The upside is that more and more law enforcement agencies are being honest with the citizens they serve.  Some are actually telling them to arm and defend themselves.  But both of these stories—there are far more we’re not hearing about—remind us that the police have no obligation to protect us, and that no matter how much they’d like to do just that, they can’t.

We’re responsible for our own safety and the safety of those we love.  We always were.