April 8th 2013

A Rural Jewish View of Home Protection


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By Jeffery Spiegelman, 31st March 2013

How long does it take for the police to get to your door? It is a fair question. When I ask some of my friends who live in urban areas or suburbia, I often get a response like, "Well, I live a little further away from a station, so it takes as long as 10 minutes." Hmmm, not bad.

How about the rest of us? There are a great many who do not live in areas that have municipal police protection. How long does it take for the state or county police to respond to an emergency in areas like that? Areas that have increasingly become the target of home invasions because of this lack of police patrol? Areas that often have to pay the same amount of state and county taxes for fewer benefits from the state and county? I live in an area like that. I would be happy if the state police, who do an outstanding job with limited resources, could make it in 20 minutes. In reality it usually means a little longer.

It takes an intruder 6-10 seconds to kick in my door and make it to my bedroom. That is a gap of around 19:54 minutes of potential life-altering, or ending, horror. Try it on your house. Stand outside and time how long it would take to break a window, unlock a door, and run to your master bedroom. Then stand there for the rest of the 20 minutes it would take for the police to arrive, assuming whoever was inside had the time to call 9-1-1. This is one of the many reasons I fight to defend the rights of firearms owners.

The 2nd Amendment of the United States says that a person has the right to arm themselves against the predations of a tyrannical government. My home state of Delaware takes that one step further by saying, "A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and State, and for hunting and recreational use." Art. I, § 20 (enacted 1987). Police carry semi-automatic firearms with large capacity magazines because they may need to defend themselves from multiple attackers. Home owners in my state, especially in rural areas, are often finding themselves in the same situation. For a little extra firepower in case they are dealing with a more serious threat, the police turn to tactical rifles or shotguns. Home owners in my state, especially in rural areas, often are increasingly faced with a very similar threat.

As a Jewish man who lives in a rural area, I am often at odds with my urban and suburban Jewish friends and family who often see their world as representative of the country as a whole. They often believe that the gun restrictions that have been placed on some of America's biggest (and, ironically, most dangerous) cities must be applied universally. These places have police and fire protection that is, in comparison, nearly instantaneous. These friends and family often say that I am pro-gun because I simply cannot understand their "plight" when it comes to firearms in the inner-cities. I think it is the opposite. I think they cannot see the need for my rights in my rural home.

Jeff Spiegelman is a Representative in the Delaware 11th District. www.jeffspiegelman.com, www.jeffderepresentative.com

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"… their real goal isn't disarming the criminals but disarming everyone they view as potential political opposition. Some segments of gun control are aimed at producing a local electoral majority, the prime example being the Colorado bills that would cause enough pro-gun people to move out of the state to ensure a long-term Democrat majority. Others are aimed at disarming the "most probably enemy" population groups, and both political parties are guilty of that to some extent, though the Democratic party does it far more."

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