"Gun control" survives as an idea because most Americans believe one single myth:
"You don’t need a gun because the
police protect you from crime."
If you don’t know exactly why that statement is a lie, then you cannot destroy "gun control."
If you can’t effectively rebut that statement, then you cannot make the strongest positive case for private firearms ownership.
Anti-gun lobbyists get away with proposing to completely disarm the citizens only because most citizens just assume the police will protect them. That assumption is false. The police cannot protect everyone -- in fact the police usually have no legal duty to protect anyone.
Dial 911 and Die proves this fact. For nearly every American state and territory, this book shows how the police owe no legal duty to protect individuals from crime. The police in most places do not even have to come when you call.
Gun prohibitionist lobbyists, politicians and media have sold Americans the myth of police protection. Schools teach youngsters to "Dial 911." There was a television program with "911" in the title. That phone number is perhaps the best known in the country. A generation of Americans has come to trust a telephone number for self- defense.
Government authorities and media pundits never told Americans about the dark side of 911. Too many Americans have dialed 911 and died because the police did not or could not help them.
Dial 911 and Die kills the logical root of "gun control" ideology. Erase Americans’ blind faith in police protection, and a rational person who faces a risk of criminal attack on himself or his loved ones would never voluntarily allow himself to be disarmed.
Erase the myth of police protection, and "gun control" dies as an idea ... permanently.
How often do the gun prohibitionists use the recent spate of murderous attacks on schools, businesses, community centers and churches as reasons for "gun control"? When you understand the concept in Dial 911 and Die, those reasons evaporate. Each of those cases highlights that the police were powerless and unable to prevent or stop those attacks. Emergency 911 service is available almost everywhere in the U.S. -- and it was worthless against those armed attackers.
The unarmed victims of criminal attack and their families cannot get compensation from the city governments that failed to protect them in these famous terrible cases. The only people on location when the attackers came were the victims themselves. At the same time, the prevailing laws and anti-gun culture made sure those victims were unarmed. Police help was too little, too late.
Those murderous events do not prove the need for "gun control" -- they prove the utter inability of the police to protect individuals from violent crime. Police typically investigate crimes after the fact -- they don’t prevent very many crimes. And the laws in nearly every state say that the police don’t even owe a duty to protect individual citizens. Citizens are on their own -- and the sooner they know it, the better.
There are many excellent arguments against "gun control." Only one argument destroys its logical root. Master that argument. Get Dial 911 and Die for yourself, your local talk host, your local NRA leaders, your family, your local libraries. Read the harrowing, gut-wrenching stories of crime victims who tragically depended upon police to help. See how the courts just dismiss the victims’ appeals out of hand. You’ll never look at your telephone -- or your gun rights -- the same way again.
Endorsements for Dial 911 and Die
Dial 911 and Die is a book that should have been written a long time ago. The enormity of the facts its author, attorney Richard Stevens, reveals is almost too much to take in. The notion that the police have no legal obligation in most instances to protect the life, property, and rights of any given individual -- while at the same time spending unthinkable amounts of time and energy attempting to deprive that individual of the means and legal right to self-defense -- puts the lie to every claim for government that statists have ever made.
The remedy -- a general reassertion of that right -- is the only rational response to the facts that Stevens presents state by state. His book may even set the stage for something truly revolutionary, perhaps even repeal of the pernicious and un-American Doctrine of Sovereign Immunity on which these more specific official evasions of responsibility rely.
There are only four or five Completely Indispensable books in the world. Richard Stevens has managed to add another one to their number.
L. Neil Smith,
author The Probability Broach, Pallas, and The Mitzvah (with Aaron Zelman)
How I wish that the information in this book were not true. Nevertheless, 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 his courage to tell this truth.
Former Sheriff of Graham County, Arizona
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. Nowhere in our nation do the police have the duty or the capability to protect most of Americans. Dial 911 and Die documents the case law and statutes that drive home that we are responsible for protecting ourselves and our loved ones.
Edgar A. Suter, MD
Doctors for Integrity in Policy Research Inc.
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.
Dial 911 and Die presents a compelling argument for restoring the individual right of self-defense. But it's also a compelling argument for reforming, if not revoking, the legal doctrines of "sovereign immunity" and "public duty", or for privatizing emergency services.
While government has no duty to protect people, or even to prevent crime and apprehend criminals, it has arrogated to itself the power to disarm them.
Isn't it interesting that a person is a "responsible citizen" if he keeps a cell phone, a fire extinguisher, and a first aid kit handy, but is presumed to be a criminal if he keeps a loaded firearm available for self-defense?
Buy this book for friends and relatives who still believe the police will protect them. If it saves just one life, it's worth it!
Sarah Thompson, MD
author and liberty activist
If you thought the police were required to protect you from violent crime, then think again. Stevens' book dramatically explains the legal reality behind the slogan.
Executive Director, Gun Owners of America