With gun control being urgently debated in Congress and among state lawmakers, the core question is: When a criminal is breaking down your door or menacing you across a room, what should you do?
Shockingly, the best advice some police departments are offering is to "get some bleach" and "lock your doors and you hope nothing happens."
That's according to a startling new video from James O'Keefe's Project Veritas. which concludes: "You're on your own."
Project Veritas investigators spoke with police officers from North Carolina to New York who told them the unfortunate truth about the time it takes to respond to calls for help and what citizens can do until officers arrive.
Among the comments:
- "We try. We can't always get there." – from North Carolina
- "Sometimes we can't be anywhere at all because everybody's tied up." – from North Carolina
- "Lock yourself in a bedroom, start yelling and screaming." – from Jersey City, N.J.
- "Some people have dogs."– from Yonkers, N.Y.
- "Go get some bleach. Go get ammonia." – from East Orange, N.J.
- "A rifle and shotgun is actually for luxury." – Kew Gardens, N.Y.
- "It's 2013. It's the United States of America. You lock your doors and you hope nothing happens." – from New York
The video reveals an undercover reporter approaching police departments and asking provocative questions about personal security.
"If somebody breaks into my home in this town of Bronxville (N.Y.). OK. Will the police department be there to protect me from that?" the reporter asked.
"Yeah," said the officer.
"What happens between the time I call 911 and you get there?"
"Takes a couple minutes," police said.
"In the two minutes … What do I do?"
"What do you do," the police said. And after a long pause, "That's a good question."
The video also references a statement by Colorado state Rep. Joe Salazar, who said that a woman who feels threatened by rape on a college campus doesn't need to be armed because she can use a call box to get help.
Salazar's statement came in a debate over a proposal to ban citizens possessing a concealed-carry permit from being armed on university campuses.
"It's why we have call boxes," said Salazar, "it's why we have safe zones, it's why we have the whistles. Because you just don't know who you're gonna be shooting at.
"And you don't know if you feel like you're gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone's been following you around, or if you feel like you're in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop … pop a round at somebody."
Salazar's statement was caught on video:
It also references Vice President Joe Biden's comments that his solution to security is to buy a shotgun.
But one of the police departments confirmed that doing as Biden suggests, and firing a shot off a balcony, would get the person arrested for menacing, and in jail.
WND also reported just days ago on the actual scenario in the United States where police went door-to-door and confiscated legal weapons from law-abiding citizens.
It happened in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Thousands of weapons – legally obtained and owned – were simply grabbed from citizens after New Orleans Police Superintendent P. Edwin Compass III announced, "Only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons." Just to make sure the message was loud and clear, the city's Deputy Police Chief Warren Riley told ABC News: "No one will be able to be armed. We are going to take all the weapons."
Then they did exactly that.
One man at a post-Katrina meeting assembled in conjunction with the National Rifle Association said, "The bottom line is this. Once they did it, they set a precedent. And what we've got to be sure [of] is that the precedent stops here."
In a series of videos, the NRA has documented the stunning weapons grab by police in New Orleans, assembling videos that show them physically taking weapons from individuals, including one woman who was stunned when officers threw her against her kitchen wall because she had a small handgun for self-defense.
The not-to-be-forgotten images, Part 1:
The police actions – many of the victims describe the gun confiscation as out-and-out theft – left New Orleans' residents, who had been prepared to stand their ground and defend themselves from thugs and looters running amok, completely defenseless.
Richard Thompson, president of the Thomas More Law Center, told WND such plans "start smacking of a non-The United States of America" and more of "some Third World country."
The government, he said, appears to want ever more control over people's lives, which "is crippling the ability of people to defend themselves … in situations like a Hurricane Katrina where the police were nowhere around and people were taking up arms to protect their property."