WITH ALL OF THE RECENT ‘TALK’ BY POLITICIANS REGARDING A BAN ON GUNS, LET’S CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING HARSH REALITY – AND STRONGLY OPPOSE THE IDEA!
Editor’s comment: After doing my best to assist my grandchildren in their recovery from an armed robbery, I am no longer naive about the importance of self-protection. Perhaps this info will help other peaceful people better understand what is at stake when the ‘government’ wishes to disarm the law abiding population . . . and leave them defenseless.
Courts have held that governments are not liable for their failures to protect. Specifically, “A State’s failure to protect an individual against private violence generally does not constitute a violation of the Due Process Clause, because the Clause imposes no duty on the State to provide members of the general public with adequate protective services. The Clause is phrased as a limitation on the State’s power to act, not as a guarantee of certain minimal levels of safety and security . . .” (See the Supreme Court decision DESHANEY v. WINNEBAGO CTY. SOC. SERVS. DEPT.) So, Maryland law enforcement can release violent people back into society (see Pinder vs. Johnson for another case of gross failure of law enforcement that resulted in the deaths of three children) and Maryland officials have no responsibility for that negligence.
Moreover, other jurisdictions have held similarly:
“. . . a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any particular individual citizen . . .”
Reference: Warren v. District of Columbia, 444 A.2d 1 (D.C. App.181)
In this case three rape victims sued the city and its police department under the following facts: Two of the victims were upstairs when they heard the other being attacked by men who had broken in downstairs. Half an hour having passed and their roommate’s screams having ceased, they assumed the police must have arrived in response to their repeated phone calls. In fact their calls had somehow been lost in the shuffle while the roommate was being beaten into silent acquiescence. So when the roommates went downstairs to see to her, as the court’s opinion graphically describes it, “For the next fourteen hours the women were held captive, raped, robbed, beaten, forced to commit sexual acts upon each other, and made to submit to the sexual demands” of their attackers.