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  1. Here come the cops

    August 5th, 2014

    That’s smart advice. The cops don’t care who you are if they get to the scene and you have a gun. You accidentally aim it at them. You’re getting shot.
    SO PUT YOUR DAMN GUN DOWN
    Don’t chase someone with a gun. From the cops point of view your the bad guy.

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  2. Stoobie

    August 5th, 2014

    “Just put down the gun!…”

    Decoum does not permit me to post what my most likely reply would have been.

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  3. Is that Hilary?

    August 5th, 2014

    She looks like Hillary,no?

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  4. BigFurHat

    August 5th, 2014

    No that is NOT smart advice.
    That is stupid advice.
    911 operators usually suggest that you put the gun down WHEN THE POLICE ARRIVE, not when they are halfway there.

    911 operators stay on the line until the cops arrive and they tell you that the cops are outside.
    That is how it’s done.
    You don’t call the cops and put your gun down because a dispatcher is on the phone with you.

    Why have the gun at all?

    And who said anyone is going to be “chasing someone around with a gun” in front of the cops? What is this, Benny Hill?

    And if the cops shoot an 80 year-old woman in a sweat suit with a bad hip because “from their perspective they are the bad guy” it’s time to do away with the police department.

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  5. Stirrin the BS

    August 5th, 2014

    “I’ll put down the gun when I see the police”.

    Correct response. You win the chance to live another day.

    As for 911 dispatcher, get your head out of your union thug ass, save the unsolicited misguided advice and dispatch the officers to the scene of the crime post-haste!

    And to all LEO’s, learn that 80 year old grandmothers with guns are not your enemy. Practice criminal profiling, it’s a proven tactic.

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  6. Stirrin the BS

    August 5th, 2014

    @Fur – didn’t even see your comment – I was busy typing mine when yours posted. I’d say that we are in agreement. ;)

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  7. Ten-Ten

    August 5th, 2014

    “I’ll put the gun down when you get your fat, donut eating as out here, and haul away the trash. A$$hole.”
    This is why I plead with all of the women that I care about to arm themselves and learn basic marksmanship.

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  8. BigFurHat

    August 5th, 2014

    Yes. That first comment pissed me off.
    I don’t want anyone telling my mother, who lives alone, that the proper thing to do when your house is broken into is to get your gun, call 911, and then put your gun down.

    That’s advice burglars would give.

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  9. greetingsfromyonkers

    August 5th, 2014

    Actually I’m having a whole ‘nother probelm with the operator telling the caller to put the gun down. In my opinion, that remark constitutes legal advice. If the operator is not an attorney, then she is not qualifed to give legal advice.

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  10. DaveVA

    August 5th, 2014

    Hats off to her for “running” with a new hip. I have a new one. 3 weeks in. Running right now seems a bit of a Herculean task, but if some punk is in my house, I think I would give it a go. And I would keep my gun pointed on the punk till the police got there.

    Wish I could talk my momma into owning a gun.

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  11. HooHooNayNay

    August 5th, 2014

    GO NANA!!!!

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  12. bob

    August 5th, 2014

    Yeah. What you all said.

    I wonder if, say, the victim has the perp on the ground at gunpoint, holding until LEO arrives.

    Couldn’t the victim stay on the line with dispatch and make sure the cops KNOW that is the scenario so that when they DO barge onto the scene they don’t drop the victim and “rescue” the perp?

    I know that large PDs nowdays are little more than gorilla pens, many officers are simply out of control with bloated egos and itchy trigger fingers. They get hopped up on adrenaline doing swat drills rather than “keeping the peace” so they have become a danger to the citizenry more than a danger to the criminals.

    Anyway. Smaller municipalities – I would hope – still have sane PDs.

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  13. Brooke

    August 5th, 2014

    Put the gun down… When it is empty!

    That dispatcher should be fired!

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  14. Annie

    August 5th, 2014

    A few years ago a 911 operator in Oklahoma told a woman whose home was being invaded to “do what you have to do.”

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  15. Goldenfoxx

    August 5th, 2014

    @Annie: Yes and she shot and killed his ass. IIRC she lived out in the country by herself. The guy threw a patio chair through her sliding glass door and she offed him with a 12 gauge. Put the gun down my ass!

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  16. norman einstein

    August 5th, 2014

    I’ve heard many “911″ calls with a dispatcher who sounds like a mouth-breathing moron.
    Often they ask inane questions while the caller is freaking out in an Emergency situation.
    It’s almost as if they’re stalling for time.

    This one is a total idiot.

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  17. scr_north

    August 5th, 2014

    I think everything that needed to be said about the insane advice given by the 911 operator has been said so my question is why didn’t the Fox reporter ask a question to the chief about it? It would seem like a natural question a first year journalism student would ask when working as a summer intern much less a fulltime seasoned reporter. This was Fox, not some hack from the other networks.

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  18. obama please!

    August 5th, 2014

    Always a good idea to give a succinct description of yourself to the dispatcher and ask (insist?) that it be relayed to the responding officers. Especially important if you are armed (and who among us isn’t?) and absolutely vital if your weapon is going to be visible.

    Give just enough description to make it easy to identify you as the complainant.

    Dangit, contrary to what many of you appear to think, most (I said most) police officers are damn good people, some of the best you’ll meet, so try to make it as easy as you can for them to do the right thing! No cop worth his salt would sleep well knowing he had shot or even tackled and cuffed the wrong person.

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  19. marleenna1959

    August 5th, 2014

    Hopefully grandma finds another hiding place for her gat, because the news report shows just where to find it.

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  20. Blink

    August 5th, 2014

    Alabama Tom’s: many ways of using the 2nd Amendment to protect yourself.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pgZHTLPg1c .

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