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Dial 911 and Die Paperback – September 14, 1999

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Dial 911 and Die is a book that will open your eyes and possibly even save your life, or the life of someone you love. It should be required reading for anyone who doesn't realize that he has primary, if not sole, responsibility for protecting and defending himself. And it's a wonderful resource for those of us who have accepted that responsibility in the face of overwhelming hostility from the uninformed and politically correct. ... Do the police have the obligation to arrest someone who repeatedly violates a domestic violence protective order? No. Can the police ignore an emergency call for assistance in order to do paperwork? Yes. Do the police have the obligation to respond to a 911 call for help? No. What if they promise that "help is on the way"? Do they then have an obligation to respond? Still no. If the police witness a crime in progress, must they intervene to protect the innocent? No again. ... -- Sarah Thompson, M.D., from The Laissez Faire City Times, Vol 3, No 42, October 25, 1999.

Even with the well-trained, motivated and equipped police personnel we have in America, there are no guarantees they will not be overwhelmed, suffer technological breakdowns, be too remote to respond or otherwise be unable to come to the defense of an individual citizen's defense. ... After reading this volume -- and it is an easy read and very hard to put down -- one wonders what could possibly be the real agenda of politicians who would be so stupid as to disarm the honest, peaceable citizen. ... Those who think they are afforded blanket protection by 911 need to know it is at best a security blanket. -- Don McLean, Soldier of Fortune Magazine, January 2000, pp. 22-24.

For those good-hearted citizens who believe the police should and will protect them and their families, Dial 911 and Die is a sobering heads-up. -- Edgar A. Suter, MD, endorsement.

This book speaks to the irrefutable truth: police do very little to prevent violent crime. We investigate crime after the fact. I applaud Richard Stevens for his tremendous research and the his courage to tell this truth. --Former Sheriff Richard Mack, endorsement.

From the Publisher

Americans need to know whether they are safe from violent crime. Many Americans believe the myth that they can simply "dial 911" and then just wait for the police to rescue them from danger. Dial 911 and Die explodes that myth with true stories from all over the country. It boils down to this: in most cases, the police do not have to protect ordinary private citizens from criminal attacks. The law and the courts shield the police departments and governments from liability. That means the citizens are left in the cold. When the thug breaks down your front door, is dialing 911 really your best defense? Americans and Canadians everywhere need to know, and Dial 911 and Die gives the answers. Don't become a victim to a false hope...read this book and get the facts.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Distributed by Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, Inc (September 14, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964230445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964230446
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,113,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert A. Waters on January 28, 2000
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In the preface of "Dial 911 and Die", Richard Stevens states that the most shocking thing he learned in law school was that "the government owes no duty to protect individual citizens from criminal attack."On the other hand, the laws of many states and cities make it nearly impossible to use firearms for self-protection. It is a Catch-22--government will not protect you, yet they make legal mincemeat of your best means of protecting yourself."Dial 911 and Die" describes many types of cases in which governmental employees were negligent, incompetent, or, in some cases, criminal in their actions: paramedics who refused to respond to a heart attack victim; a parole board which illegally released a violent career criminal who later committed additional crimes; dozens of women who obtained restraining orders against abusive spouses/boyfriends who later murdered them.In each case, the courts ruled that the offending department or jurisdiction could not be sued.Stevens' book covers the laws of every state in the union. However, it is not a dry legal treatise. Each chapter describes one or more electrifying cases in which citizens were denied the right to sue for damages because of geovernmental immunity from lawsuits. The writing is clear and the narrative similar to a true crime book or a novel.This book will outrage you. But it should be in the library of every American who is concerned about our eroding individual rights.
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This book is mandatory reading for anyone who thinks that nobody should be allowed to own or carry a firearm for self-defense because "the police will protect you".

As the author so ably demonstrates, 911 is a communications system of variable efficacy. It's not a teleportation device which desposits the police at your location. As some of the examples show, even when the police do respond, they don't always do anything meaningful, either through no fault of their own, negligence or malice.

If you know somebody who thinks that the police have a duty to protect them because it says "To Serve and Protect" on the doors of the police cars, do them a favor and buy them a copy of this book. It could save their life. Even if they choose to abdicate their fundamental human right of self-defense, at least they will have done so with their eyes open.
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Although not intended to put down the 911 emergency system, or the nation's police forces, this book illustrates how dependence on those institutions can cost your life if they fail to respond to your emergency, especially if you're the victim of an attack. Because there is no legal requirement for the police to respond to your pleas for help, the bottom line is you are sometimes totally on your own. After reading this book, and discussing the truth of its message with our local police force, I bought a .38 Smith and Wesson and took lessons in using it to protect myself. My country, however is bent on forbiding me to own my own protection, while not assuring me of its help. This is a catch 22 that all citizens should learn about. The message will inspire you to take steps to protect yourself, for you are always the first on the scene of a crime against you. I regard this book as invaluable for teaching me a lesson of self reliance I would have blissfully ignored otherwise, possibly fatally.
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This book repeatedly illustrates one idea. The idea is that you usually cannot sue the government for failing to protect you from violent criminals. It covers stories from each of the United States as well as some nearby places like Canada and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

There are many sad examples of when people have relied on the government for protection. After they were hurt or killed, they (or their survivors) were usually unable to sue the government for damages.

Fortunately, the book has two happy endings. The first are the stories of many people who successfully defended themselves from violent criminals. The second is the rest of your life, since you will know the futility of relying on others for protection and recognize how to take care of yourself.
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'Dial 911 And Die' does a great job of demonstrating that those who think that relying solely on the police for defense against criminals are deluding themselves.

There are a lot of reasons that one should not be too dependent upon law eforcement for protection. If a violent criminal is breaking into a citizen's home and he/she calls 911, it may do no good. One of the most obvious is that the police cannot be everywhere at once. They may all be on other calls, too far away, etc. Additionally, as this book proves, there are a variety of other factors that may cause failures in the system.

This is not the most exciting thing to read. It is a bit dry in places. Lots of this is due to a lot of (necessary) repetition. One of the author's main points is that the limitations of 911 exist all across the country. The problems are not limited to just a few states or locales.

Another thing that this volume shows is that guns are very good things. They have been used for protection by citizens tens of thousands of times. Oftentimes, they do not even have to be fired to stop attacks. One powerful statistic contained here is that 'private citizens shoot and kill more criminals (1527) than do the police (606)'. In places where it has become less cumbersome to obtain concealed weapons permits, there have been measurable decreases in violent crime. This book is a bit dated (1999). If it were more current, it would show even greater improvements in those areas.

One of the best parts is the one that chronicles forty-five stories where armed citizens thwarted criminal attacks. As anyone who is well versed on second amendment issues knows, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Armed citizens save lots of lives and injury.
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