Thursday, June 30, 2005

Restraining Orders

JusticeWell, by now there has been much written about the Supreme Court ruling on restraining orders and police immunity from law suits resulting from the actions (or lack of action) in enforcing these orders.

But the truth is, restraining orders, while an interesting legal tool, never really offered much in the way of protection. There has been much written about what police owe to society, and one of the things they do NOT owe, is protection of the individual.

The reason is (or one of the reasons is) that the police cannot be everywhere. In the minutes or seconds you have when confronted with an imminent threat, the police are many minutes away - assuming even that you can get to a phone and have time to call. The simple truth is that in those few seconds you have, it is up to you to defend yourself and your family.

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