Seconds truly do count.
Brittany Zimmerman called 911 when someone was breaking into her apartment. Forty-eight minutes later, the police arrived. They arrived after her fiance had returned to find her body. Her attacker had time to stab her multiple times and flee the scene before help arrived. They’ve been unable to identify her murderer.
The police carry many useful tools for their day to day duties. We expect them to be the hard men with guns standing between the good people and the criminals. And when possible, they are. Unfortunately, in calls like Brittany’s, the only tool they get to use is chalk. This is all too often the case.
A lot of things can happen in forty-eight minutes. After forty-eight minutes, the only useful tool the police officers are carrying is their chalk. In the great state of New York, Brittany’s only legal choice was to have the chalk line drawn around her body. Had she access to a shot-gun, that line could have been very different. If New York were truly a free state, maybe Brittany would be continuing her quest to become a doctor and the worthless criminal would be rotting away.
Gunnies like to use the phrase, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.” I’m going to put a different spin on it. “The police are armed with chalk, will they outline your body or the murderer’s?”