Sunday, March 21, 2021

A Reminder On The Reality Of Government "Duty To Protect"

Few Tweets get the point across like this one does.

For your convenience, let me link those US Supreme Court cases and their relevent decisions:

  • Warren v DC: The Court explained that "[t]he duty to provide public services is owed to the public at large, and, absent a special relationship between the police and an individual, no specific legal duty exists."
  • Castle Rock v Gonzales: A town and its police department could not be sued under 42 U.S.C. §1983 for failing to enforce a restraining order, which had led to the murder of a woman's three children by her estranged husband. No enforcement mandate exists. They can just ignore you.

You will find similar results, if not by the same paths, in the legal rulings of every country on the planet. You are on your own, pal. Never expect the State to protect you unless and until you are important to the State, and if you're reading this you are not at all important. Plan and execute accordingly.

And yes, you should be preparing for emergencies. Backup power, stocked shelves/pantries, means of defense--including firearms if you can--and means of transporation all locked down and squared away. Nevermind violent hordes of rioters; think more in terms of stupidly severe weather events and you'll be more useful in your preparations. There's plenty of people that focus on prepping, so spend some time using the search engine of your choice to find them and follow their recommendations.

But I will mention one thing: know how to cook over an open flame, and not just meat on a stick. It can--and will--save your life.

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