There are a couple of court cases that everyone needs to be aware of when it comes to our right to self defense. Many who want gun control keep telling us that the police and the government will protect us. But by way of a couple of Supreme Court decisions, the police have no obligation to protect us as individuals. See these two cases below, and you will see that we are the ones who are responsible for our own protection. Even if the police do eventually show up, it won't be to stop the attack. It will be to investigate the crime, take statements from witnesses, and unfortunately, call someone to remove the dead victim's bodies.
Castle Rock v. Gonzales:
Restraining order and police inaction
During divorce proceedings, Jessica Gonzales, a resident of Castle Rock, Colorado, obtained a restraining order against her husband on June 4, 1999, requiring him to remain at least 100 yards from her and their three daughters except during specified visitation time. On June 22, at approximately 5:15 pm, her husband took possession of the three children in violation of the order. Gonzales called the police at approximately 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm, 10:10 pm, and 12:15 am on June 23, and visited the police station in person at 12:40 am on June 23, 1999. However, since Ms. Gonzales, from time to time, did allow her husband to take the children at various hours, the police took no action, despite the husband's having called Gonzales prior to her second call to the police and informing her that he had the children with him at an amusement park in Denver, Colorado. At approximately 3:20 am on June 23, 1999, the husband appeared at the Castle Rock police station and instigated a fatal shoot-out with the police. A search of his vehicle revealed the corpses of the three daughters, whom the husband had killed prior to his arrival, and he died afterwards.
Opinion of the Court