If you’re involved in a defensive gun use (DGU), call 911. Give your name and location, your description and the fact that there’s “been a shooting” (or “attack” if you brandished). That’s it, ’cause everything you say to a 911 operator is recorded and can be used against you in court. Provided, that is . . .
There’s anyone answering the phone. Check this from the Downtown Austin Patch:
Customers of AT&T wireless may have trouble making 911 calls as a result of service interruptions, company officials said Wednesday evening.
“We are aware of a service issue affecting some calls to 911 for wireless customers, and we’re working to resolve it as quickly as possible,” AT&T officials said in a prepared statement on Wednesday. “We apologize for this inconvenience.” . . .
Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, tweeted Wednesday evening that the federal government was aware of the issue. Reports indicate much of the service interruption is concentrated in much of Texas but also in cities that include Chicago New York, Los Angeles and Orlando, Florida.
The issue’s been fixed. But the 911 service disruption is a warning to us all: the police may not be able to respond to your 911 call before, during or after a DGU. You may be on your own.
Lesson one: carry a gun. As always, your personal defense is your responsibility. As the old expression goes, when seconds count the police are only minutes away. Or hours. Or not at all (think natural disaster).
Lesson two: you have no legal obligation to stay at a crime scene if you’re in danger. If you are in danger GTFO ASAP.
Lesson three: Telephone booths are a thing of the past, but there are such things as land lines. Just sayin’.