The second Amendment is needed more than ever! Oakland, California announced yesterday a list of crimes they simply can't get to if they lay off officers to balance the budget. The city says that each of the 776 police officers currently employed at OPD costs around $188,000 per year. The Oakland Police department say that in the face of force reductions due to budget limits, there is a whole list of crimes they just won't be able to respond to:
Here's a partial list:
(Remember that burglary becomes robbery when you show up unexpectedly.) Isn't it interesting that whenever a city faces a budget crisis, it is public safety that is the first thing cut? It is like school districts that cut the bus schedules first when the budget gets tight. These are the things that focus your mind, and encourage you to submit to more taxes.
In the case of Oakland, they are in effect telling you that your personal safety is now, more than before, your own responsibility. To add insult to injury, Oakland is in California where gun control is very tight. A very impressive 79 out of 100 possible points on the Brady Campaign Scorecard for 2009. Ultimately you are responsible for your own safety, but the state shouldn't stack the deck against you. Oakland is only the first to threaten payroll cuts to police to balance the budget. The whole state of California is in debt, and other cities will not be far behind.
The gun rights cases that will flower after the Heller and McDonald decisions had better get decided fast. The need for real self defense in California is growing.