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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.
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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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What is found at a legislative and real life level is quite shocking. Trusting solely in the police for physical protection, the best anyone can reasonably expect is an estate suit, after you’ve been killed!
The personal stories are tragic, exacerbated in cases where a state places citizens in the vice of both forbidding firearms and upholding what is effectively sovereign immunity for its employees.
In the end highly convincing that the only way to protect yourself is to have immediate self-defense measures available; relying on the police might get you maimed or killed.
Despite the genius of our American system, which allows each state to have its own constitution and to write its own laws (witness the severely anti-2nd Amendment laws in NY, NJ, and CT vs. the more pro-2nd-Amendment laws in TX and FL), state laws nonetheless work against civilians/citizens who sue local city governments and police precincts. Stevens' book shows this to be a pattern again and again and again as he provides case-specific evidence for all US states.
While I now fully accept the facts given by Stevens, it is frightening that I was never taught these truths in school. I grew up thinking that the police had the duty to prevent me from being victimized by criminals. After being exposed to the facts Stevens presents (not only in this book but through other sources), I now see that almost everybody has been lied to regarding the police. It is not without reason that they're called LEOs (law enforcement officers) as opposed to "CPOs" (crime prevention officers).
I fully believe there are many good, committed, honest, and selfless police officers who will go above and beyond their duties to protect citizens. But the facts speak loudly enough: they aren't required to.
My last, and final dealing with dialing 911 was when my husband was having a heart attack. I was put on HOLD, following a recording. After the 4th time of listening to the recording, I hung up and called my brother who was at our home within 1 1/2 minutes, took my husband to hospital. Husband is (fine).
Forget lawsuits that allege negligence, misconduct, inappropriate behavior.
I now deal with any and all 'emergencies' myself, including protecting family, home and self. Read this book carefully!