Gun muggles may not be familiar with this saying: When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. It may, in fact, be many minutes depending on where you live in L.A.:
Police officers, as opposed to police administrators, are generally pro-gun. They see what goes horribly wrong when only the bad guy gets to use a gun. They also know all too well that their job usually doesn’t entail getting there in time to protect you. That leaves either showing up to take pictures of what’s left of you or taking your statement about why pulled a gun on (or shot) the bad guy. They prefer the latter. They have families too and were it their loved ones involved, they’d rather not see it go to that picture taking stage. They want their families to be armed and don’t begrudge you that same right.
A personal story (Yes, I realize that this is a data set with one and only one datum): We’ve only had to call 911 once here. While we didn’t expect the police to respond even in minutes, we were a little surprised when they finally did show up about 2 hours later. We’re in the West Valley division’s patrol area and we do see their cars quite often. Still, it’s more than a little unsettling to think that the response came hours rather than minutes later.
(This particular situation was one where I realized that the nutter on my front porch might actually be dangerous enough to warrant shooting; repeatedly. Fortunately, he cleared off when he realized that my wife really was on the phone with the police and not just doing her best Bob Newhart impression.)