Continuing To Protect And Serve
The first officers arrived at the American Civic Association about three minutes after the first emergency calls were made Friday, according to a timeline by the Binghamton Police Department.“Hmm,” I thought upon reading this. “Kind of blows a hole in the gun-control argument about not needing a gun to protect yourself since you can just call the police instead, doesn’t it?” Naturally, I based that on the assumption the cops were outside while gunshots went off within. Turns out that wasn’t the case:
Officers did not enter the building for about 40 minutes, police said.
"No one was shot after police arrival, and none of the people who had been shot could have been saved, even if the police had walked in the door within [the] first minute," [County District Attorney Jerry] Mollen said. "The injuries were that severe."Ah. So the cops didn’t do anything for 40 minutes, but that’s okay since they could not have made a difference anyway. (These are the guys who insist their job makes them heroes.)
The moral of the story is: if you’re in a crowded place where a gunman’s mowing everybody down and you want some cops to come in and Do Something, do NOT call with any complaints of a violent and dangerous crime in progress. The way to get a SWAT team breaking into your place is to tell them someone’s selling drugs there.