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Letter to the editor: Wait on police? Or just do what it takes?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 12:01 am

The recent quotes from Michael Joyner of the Fort Wayne Police Department would be comical if they were not so pathetic.

When the break-ins were happening in the Southwood Park neighborhood, he issued the following statements:

•“A closet works well. Ideally it's a place you can lock from the inside. Keep a flashlight and cellphone there. Call 911 from there. Tell them where you are and where you think the person is. Then stay there and stay quiet. It's a priority call, so we'll be coming red lights and sirens.”

•“We train for this; we're better equipped. There's safety in numbers, and we have the numbers. Call us, call 911, we're going to respond, and trust me, we know what we're doing. We will act appropriately to handle any situation that arises.”

The FWPD also cautioned residents against the use of personal firearms. Then, when a homeowner shot and killed a burglar:

•“If you have nothing else that you can do other than be confronted by the threat, you have to do what you have to do to protect yourself. The last option is to confront someone in your home. You have to protect yourself.”

•“It's clear that there are times when we might not get there soon enough because the situation is rapidly unfolding.”

So first, we are being told that all you have to do is rely on the police, and everything will turn out just fine and dandy.

Then we are told that you have to do what you have to do to protect yourself and your family, and that the police might not get there in time. Which is it?

The FWPD also cautioned residents against using the Second Amendment to protect themselves and their families. And I'm sure that they check in their weapons at the door when they leave the station.

Gregory J. Cummings